M3A2 Cultural and Community Tower / Antonini + Darmon Architectes

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Architects: Antonini + Darmon Architectes
Location: 6 Rue Marguerita Duras, ,
Area: 550 sqm SHON
Cost: 2,5 M euros HT
Finished: November 2011
Photographs: Luc Boegly

Rue du Nord / Charles-Henri Tachon

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Architects: Charles-Henri Tachon
Location: ,
Client: SIEMP
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 997 sqm
Photographs: Kristen Pelou

Jardins de l’Arche / AWP


AWP, a -based architecture firm, was named in July the general contractor for the landscaping of the public spaces and follies situated at the foot of the Grande Arche. The site, located near the future Arena 92 in the Jardins de l’Arche neighborhood, serves as a space for genuine interchange between La Défense and Seine-Arche. The urbanists at AWP are equally responsible for a guide plan for Defacto that will enhance the urban space of La Défense’s business district. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: Research Centre for University of Jussieu / BIG+OFF

Above is a video for the Research Centre of the University of Jussieu, the competition winning design by BIG and OFF architects. The new multidisciplinary research centre, Paris PARC, located between ’s Institut du Monde Arabe and the open green park of the Jussieu Campus will become a significant addition to the campus, strengthening the international appeal and openness of the leading French University for Science and Medicine.

BIG + OFF win the competition to design the Research Centre of the University of Jussieu

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BIG + Paris-based architects OFF, engineers Buro Happold, consultants Michel Forgue and environmental engineer Franck Boutte is the winning team to design the new 15.000 m2 research centre for Sorbonne’s Scientific university University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. More images and complete press release after the break.

Hippodrome de Longchamp Proposal / Marc Anton Dahmen & Studio DMTW

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Marc Anton Dahmen & Studio DMTW, in collaboration with Tilke & Partners, shared with us their third prize winning design for the Longchamp racetrack in , . One of the main aspects of their design is to understand each new structure as a solitary sculpture within the park to respect the landscape and nature of the Bois de Boulogne. Therefore it was very important to conserve as much of the spectacular mature trees as possible. In that sense, the design is aimed to maximize clear open moving space within that park. Consequently, the ground floor of the Grandstand was designed to be as open as possible to aids the visitors between the track and the betting halls, and also to achieve logical circulation between all functions within the site. More images and project description after the break.

Villiot-Rapée Apartments / HAMONIC + MASSON

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Architects: Harmonic + Masson
Location: ,
Client: Paris Habitat OPH
Project manager: Marie-Agnès de Bailliencourt
Bet tce + economist: SIBAT
Green building adviser: Franck Boutté
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 5,120 sqm (GFA)
Photographs: Hamonic + Masson, Grazia, Delangle

Inhabited Furniture / Nicolas Reymond

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Architect: Nicolas Reymond
Location: Rue du Faubourg du Temple, Paris 10,
Engineer: 3C
Project Area: 92 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Julien Fernandez

In Progress: Student apartment studios in Paris / OFIS

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We first brought you this project when OFIS won the design competition back in 2008. Here it is now under construction. For the renderings and further information check out our previous post.

More construction photos after the break.

Architect: OFIS arhitekti
Location: Paris,
Project leaders: Rok Oman & Špela Videčnik
Design Team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Robert Janez, katja aljaz, Andrej Gregoric, Javier Carrera
Structural Engineering: INTEGRALE 4; Bruno PERSON
Mechanical, Electrical engineering & economy: Cabinet MTC; Cyril GANVERT
Photographs: Robert Janez

AD Classics: Institut du Monde Arabe / Jean Nouvel

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In the early eighties Jean Nouvel in conjunction with Architecture-Studio won the competition to design what would become the Institut du Monde Arabe. It was conceived during the Grands Projets, a major development initiative headed by the French government. The IMA was produced through collaboration with the countries of the Arab League and the French government.  Upon its completion in 1987, it quickly became a popular destination for the local populace as well as tourists. More details after the break.

La Fabrique de Lunettes / Marc Ifrah Architecture

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Architects: Marc Ifrah Architecture
Location: ,
Project Team: Marc Ifrah, Stephen Saada, Neila Ben Menadi (intern)
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 120 sqm
Photographs: David Cousin-Marsy

AD Classics: Le Cylindre Sonore / Bernhard Leitner


Architecture and create spaces with changing flexible contours. They create invisible territories which by not being limited by physical boundaries increase their impact. Of course, one argues that architecture is visual and expresses the will to establish limits and boundaries. While these boundaries are elementary, they cannot convey the complete adventure of architecture. Through its very essence the inside formulates an outside. And the exterior of a building creates further spaces, it gives rise to the city and all the subtle interconnections which make for the richness of the city.


AA Visiting School Paris

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AA (Architectural Association) Visiting School Paris, currently led by Jorge Ayala, Principal of [Ay]A Studio, will be held from October 31st to November 10th.

The Visiting School has started to acquire some recognition among emerging units at the AA due to its novel agenda aiming to bridge the spectrum of Architecture to the realm of Fashion.

AA School Paris has been established based on a series of partnerships that have been of a great value and support for the AA School London. Among them we currently have printed magazines, venues and institutions supporting us like : L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, La Mairie de Paris, Musées des Arts Décoratis, among others. More information on the event after the break.

AD Classics: Grande Arche / Johann Otto von Spreckelsen

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The Grande Arche is a celebrated monument which marks the bicentennial of the French Revolution and is a distinctive piece reminiscent of 20th century architecture. The competition for a “modernized Arche de Triomphe” was won by , whose concept was more or less a hollowed, symmetrical cube. Situated just outside of in the business district of la Défense, the Grande Arche completes the Historical Axis – extending from the Louvre along the Champs-Elysees to the Arche de Triomphe – and guides to the future.

More on the Grande Arche after the break.

The Loft of the Innocents / Frédéric Flanquart

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Architects: frédéric flanquart
Location: Paris,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 80 sqm
Photographs: Ludo Martin  & Pascal Otlinghaus 

AD Classics: Villa Roche / Le Corbusier

Villa Roche
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Designed 1923-1925 as a residence for Swiss banker Raoul La Roche, Villa Roche is the quintessence of ’s modern approach to housing. The Villa acted as an exhibition space for Mr. Roche’s collection of avant-garde artwork, and is a pure assemblage of spatial volumes that interlocks the dual programs of domicile and gallery.

More on Villa Roche after the break.

Co-housing Project / Karawitz Architecture

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Karawitz Architecture recently announced the design for their passive co-housing project in . Their principle of a self-governed independent residential initiative with 14 apartments (R+7), commercial premises, gardens (ground floor and roof area), car parks and communal areas (community house, laundry, bike shed and other areas) aims to reflect a new construction trend: private individual buyers joining together to form a cooperative to fulfil their own property and future housing project, in partnership with the SEMAVIP ( Site Manager) and City and to share spaces and equipment.


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By invitation of Nexity/SAEM, STUDIONINEDOTS was awarded second place in the competition for their design of macro LOT AA in , an icon for life. Their intention was to create a recognizable residential building with a luxurious appearance where, by making a smart intervention, all residents can enjoy the great qualities of the site. More images and architects’ description after the break.