Paris’ Grande Arche to get €200 million Revamp

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The French government has announced that it is committing €200 million towards restoring the Grande Arche de la Défense, the 110m tall hollow cube which marks the Western end of Paris‘ Axe Historique. The arch was completed in 1989 to celebrate the bicentennial of the French Revolution, however in its 25-year lifespan it has not fared well: an elevator scare in 2010 forced the rooftop facilities to close, and the area around the North tower has been closed to the public due to the risk of falling marble tiles. Studies conducted between 2004 and 2010 concluded that one in six of the facade tiles had been severely damaged by rain.

The €200 million investment will focus on the arch’s Southern tower, where workers for the French ecology and housing ministries who occupy the space have complained of a lack of natural light and poor working conditions.

More on the Grande Arche’s future after the break

AD Round Up: Awesome Airports

AD Classics: Dulles International Airport / . Image © MWAA

If there is a universal truth, it is that nobody likes spending time in an airport. This article from the Financial Times corroborates this fact, pointing out that, no matter how well-designed a terminal is, people make every effort to leave it as soon as possible. While the novelty of air travel has worn off since its inception in the 20th century, the work devoted to designing airports has only increased. We’ve collected some of our favorite terminals we’d actually love to get stuck in, including works by Eero Sarinen, SOM, Fentress, J. Mayer H., KCAP, Paul Andreu, bblur architecture and 3DReid, Corgan Associates, De Bever, and Studio Fuksas. Enjoy!

New Opera in Jinan / Paul Andreu Architecte

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Architects: Paul Andreu Architecte
Location: Jinan, Shandong,
Design Team: Katharina Kriener, Stephanie Boufflet, Pengzi Zhang, Riccardo Vanigli, Olivia Faury, Antoine Barbeyer, Yanfang Niu, Kasia Dudzik, Hailin Zhai, Chen Wei, Wei Dong, Guo Kun
Year: 2013
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Shanghai Pudong International Airport / Paul Andreu Architecte

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Architects: Paul Andreu Architecte
Location: , China
Design Team: F.Tamisier, G.Andreu, P.Gonon, H.Boitard
Area: 220,000 sqm
Year: 1999
Photographs: Paul Maurer

In Progress: Jinan Cultural Centre / Paul Andreu Architecte + Richez Associes + BIAD

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Architects: Paul Andreu Architecte + Richez Associes + BIAD
Location: , China
Design Team: Katharina Kriener, Stephanie Boufflet
Area: 70,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Paul Andreu Architecte

Taiyuan Archaeological Museum / Paul Andreu Architecte

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Architects: Paul Andreu Architecte
Location: , Shanxi,
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 50,000 sqm
Photographs: Paul Andreu Architecte