La Fabrique de Lunettes / Marc Ifrah Architecture

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Architects: Marc Ifrah Architecture
Location: , France
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: , France
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.

Extending the Louvre / Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architecte

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In response to a public debate about rebuilding the historic wing of the Louvre in , Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architecte shared with us their initiative to extend the Louvre. Destroyed by the French Republic at the end of the 19th century as a symbol of royal and imperial power, this proposal aims to build a more democratic building better suited to the site and our times. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Architecture City Guide: Paris

This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to . For centuries has been the laboratory where innovative architects and artists have come to test their ideas. This has created a city that has bit of everything. Where the architecture of some cities seems to undergo phases of punctuated equilibrium, ’s architectural fossil record gives an impression of gradualism; all the missing links are there. This makes it easy to trace the origins of the most contemporary ideas throughout history. Nothing seems to come out of nowhere. If you look around you kind find the design’s inspiration running through the city’s Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Rocco, Neo-Classical, Empire, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modern, Post-Modern, and Contemporary Architecture. Seen in another context, many of ’s buildings might seem out of place, but the bones of this city support the newest iterations on the oldest and most profound questions. The 24 contemporary designs that comprise our list probably should not be viewed outside of this context, even though that is the stated goal of some of the designs.

As the most visited city in the world and arguably the capital of culture, it is impossible to capture the essence of Paris in 24 modern/contemporary designs. Our readers supplied us with great suggestions, and we really appreciate the help and use of their photographs. The list is far from complete and we realize that many iconic buildings are not yet on the list. We will be adding to it in the near feature, so please add more in the comments section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Paris list and corresponding map after the break.

Rimes et Mouvements de Rames / PPil

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Architects: PPil
Location: , France
Project area: 140 sqm
Project year: 2009 – 2010
Photographs: Gregoire Eloy

AME-LOT / Malka Architecture


Stephane Malka, of Malka Architecture has shared with ArchDaily his project AME-LOT, a material reuse, found material, restorative proposal. Further images of the project as well as a narrative from the architect are available after the break.

Allée Verte / Clermont Architectes

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Architects: Clermont Architectes
Location: Paris,
Collaborator: Emilien Robin
Engineers: CE Ingénierie
Economist: François Gandon
Photographs: Daniel Osso

Help us with our Architecture City Guide: Paris

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Next week we will be taking our Architecture City Guide to Paris and we need your help. To make the City Guides more engaging we are asking for your input on which designs should comprise our weekly list of 12. In order for this to work we will need you, our readers, to suggest a few of your favorite modern/contemporary buildings for the upcoming city guide in the comment section below. Along with your suggestions we ask that you provide a link to an image you took of the building that we can use, the address of the building, and the architect. (The image must be from a site that has a Creative Common License cache like Flickr or Wikimedia. We cannot use images that are copyrighted unless they are yours and you give us permission.) From that we will select the top 12 most recommended buildings. Hopefully this method will help bring to our attention smaller well done projects that only locals truly know. With that in mind we do not showcase private single-family residences for obvious reasons. Additionally, we try to only show completed projects.

This week we are headed to Paris, France.

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Reinterpretation of Paris Proposal / Daniel and Maximilian Zielinski


Brothers Daniel and shared with us their winning proposal for the modernization of in the Living City Design Competition. Organized by the International Living Future Institute, in partnership with The National Trust for Historic Preservation, Daniel and Max were given the challenge to visualize the transformation of existing towns in cities of the future by translating the highest standards of ecological fund included in the Living Building Challenge 2.0. Desired solutions were possible with existing technologies that could be applied in the near future. As a competition open to all, more than 80 teams addressing 69 cities from 21 countries submitted their ideas for the contest. More images and project description after the break.

Coutume Café 47 Rue De Babylone / CUT Architectures

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Architects: CUT Architectures
Location: ,
Collaborators: Benjamin Clarens & Yann Martin architects
Project area: 90 sqm
Project year: 2011
Photographs: David Foessel

Tour First / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)

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Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Location: Paris,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Hufton+Crow

Olivier-Métra School / aasb_agence d’architecture suzelbrout

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Architects: aasb_agence d’architecture suzelbrout / Suzel Brout
Location: Paris,
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 3000 sqm
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie