Archinect - News 2014-10-23T11:56:07-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/111797408/an-architect-s-big-parisian-moment An Architect’s Big Parisian Moment Alexander Walter 2014-10-21T13:31:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T21:07:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b1/b1c87e26352d2acec2040ff4bc37064d.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a cultural twofer that makes it Frank Gehry week here, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, a private cultural center and contemporary-art museum designed by Mr. Gehry, had its official inaugural ceremony on Monday, attended by the French president, Fran&ccedil;ois Hollande. At the same time, the Pompidou Center across town is giving Mr. Gehry, based in Los Angeles, a major career retrospective, his first in Europe.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102640738/gehry-designed-fondation-louis-vuitton-to-open-this-october" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton to open this October</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111358122/philippe-starck-riko-realizes-first-prototype-of-custom-eco-prefab-house Philippe Starck + Riko realizes first prototype of custom eco-prefab house Justine Testado 2014-10-17T09:38:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T21:50:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/77/77cltuo8rqqmi0aa.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>First launched in 2013 after years of technological development and collaboration, French designer <a href="http://starck.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Philippe Starck</a> and Slovenian wooden prefab building company <a href="http://www.riko.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Riko</a> released the second generation of their customizable Prefabricated Accessible Technological Homes (P.A.T.H.) to the global market just this month. The first P.A.T.H prototype was also recently realized in Montfort, France.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fv/fv6do126d25andx6.jpg"></p><p>As France works towards its 2020 thermal regulation goal to have all new buildings possess positive energy status, Starck + Riko's prefab homes are packed with high eco-technological systems to allow the homes to produce more energy than they consume. Homeowners have the choice to integrate features like photovoltaic solar panels, wind turbines, rainwater recovery systems, and heat pumps.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u6/u6kgwv7q47iahl6w.jpg"></p><p>Perhaps the most interesting, if not highly marketable, feature of these prefab homes is the variety of mix-and-match design options that cater to homeowners' individual needs and aesthetic preferences. For starters, P....</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108175673/louvre-director-plans-its-grand-revamp Louvre director plans its grand revamp Alexander Walter 2014-09-04T14:03:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:39:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lh/lhhl4iv11enjqpdi.jpg" width="514" height="214" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Jean-Luc Martinez, who was promoted to the directorship of the Mus&eacute;e du Louvre last year, is proposing the most ambitious renovation of the Paris museum since the Grand Louvre project of the 1980s. [...] Planning the museum&rsquo;s comprehensive renovation began in June and work is due to start on the main entrance this month. [...] Martinez also plans to devote 1,500 sq. m of space to major temporary exhibitions in the Napoleon Hall, which is beneath the museum&rsquo;s I.M. Pei-designed entrance pyramid.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106865498/gehry-s-paris-coup Gehry’s Paris Coup Alexander Walter 2014-08-18T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:17:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/42916d91fbdf68203ebec879a73bbdcd.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Despite its echoes of Paris&rsquo;s architectural past, Frank Gehry&rsquo;s latest museum project&mdash;the Fondation Louis Vuitton, opening this fall in the Bois de Boulogne&mdash;is like nothing the city has seen before: muscular and delicate, utilitarian and fantastic, a marriage of cultural ambition and private enterprise. Paul Goldberger looks at the genesis of LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault&rsquo;s partnership with Gehry, and the triumphant result.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102640738/gehry-designed-fondation-louis-vuitton-to-open-this-october" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton to open this October</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105785403/france-pledges-200m-to-restore-la-d-fense-s-crumbling-cube France pledges €200m to restore La Défense's crumbling cube Alexander Walter 2014-08-04T13:39:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T13:43:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0ca52c0de31b6206f557b68072d94869.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sited at the heart of France's main business district at La D&eacute;fense, the enormous and impressive Grande Arche was always more than a monument to the triumph of humanitarian ideals over military glory. [...] A quarter of a century on, however, the crumbling state of La Grande Arche de la D&eacute;fense might be a metaphor for France's struggling economy. [...] The government has now promised &euro;200m (&pound;160m) worth of "important renovation work" [...] to begin in October and last for two years.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104422375/italian-team-wins-first-place-at-the-solar-decathlon-europe-2014 Italian team wins first place at the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 Justine Testado 2014-07-17T20:32:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:09:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hv/hvwe7tylh6f0ut8w.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The top three winners of the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 were recently announced during the awards ceremony this past weekend in Versailles, France. For two years, the 20 student teams worked to build a full-scale, fully functioning solar-powered house.</p></em><br /><br /><p>(Pictured above) <strong>1st Place/Overall: </strong>"Rhome for Dencity" by Team Rhome (Universit&aacute; Degli Studi di Roma TRE)</p><p><strong>2nd Place:</strong> "Phil&eacute;as" by Atlantic Challenge (Nantes, France)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/72/7240nedqzdse327u.jpg"></p><p><strong>3rd Place:</strong> "A Home with a Skin" by Pr&ecirc;t-&agrave;-loger (TU Delft, The Netherlands)<br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94365163/saving-face-pr-t-loger-designs-solar-powered-skin-to-preserve-dutch-row-houses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">(Previously on Archinect)</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rc/rcjzocsjqyv4ikja.jpg"></p><p>Head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/italian_team_wins_first_place_at_the_solar_decathlon_europe_2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97665092/bernard-tschumi-retrospective-opens-on-april-30-at-centre-pompidou-paris Bernard Tschumi retrospective opens on April 30 at Centre Pompidou, Paris Justine Testado 2014-04-09T20:41:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T21:49:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1b/1b52fejhlqwzxmnw.jpg" width="514" height="729" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Book a trip to the Centre Pompidou in Paris this summer. The Centre is hosting the first major European retrospective of iconic French-Swiss architect and theorist Bernard Tschumi from April 30 to July 28, 2014. Exploring Tschumi's work from 1975 to the present, the exhibition will feature a thematic arrangement of archival documents, films, and around 350 of his never-before-seen sketches, drawings, collages, and models -- all displayed in an installation he designed himself.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The exhibition at the Centre Pompidou &mdash; based on <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/3418/bernard-tschumi-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bernard Tschumi</a>&rsquo;s work as an architect, educator, and writer &mdash; explores the making of architecture as a series of arguments, ideas, influences, and responses to the contemporary definition of architecture today."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7z/7z5x06y72dxqz9wy.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7f/7fsr803lf17u3kv6.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/py/py3dt71vins6mvw9.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gd/gdcqtzbgw81snvci.jpg"></p><p>Get more details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/bernard_tschumi_retrospective_opens_on_april_30_at_centre_pompidou_paris/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97566137/frank-gehry-s-luma-arles-campus-is-happening-after-all Frank Gehry's Luma Arles Campus is happening (after all) Alexander Walter 2014-04-08T14:03:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T19:14:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b2/b2b4e251465669b40b0876fb5b16ad8d.jpg" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The foundation stones were laid last weekend in Arles for an Arts Resource Centre designed by [...] Frank Gehry, which will be the centrepiece of the 20-acre Luma Arles campus. This hugely ambitious cultural project is driven by the Swiss pharmaceutical heiress and contemporary art collector Maja Hoffmann. At the groundbreaking ceremony, the mayor of Arles, Herv&eacute; Schiavetti, not only toasted the French Republic but also declared: &ldquo;Vive Maja Hoffmann! Vive Frank Gehry!&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;Maja taught me about the region,&rdquo; Gehry said at the press conference. &ldquo;We talked about trying to evoke Van Gogh&rsquo;s Starry Night.&rdquo; </em></p><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/14629891/gehry-s-luna-park-plan-put-on-ice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's Luna Park Plan Put on Ice</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94907060/lan-chosen-to-restructure-iconic-grand-palais-in-paris LAN chosen to restructure iconic Grand Palais in Paris Justine Testado 2014-03-04T21:48:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:02:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qg/qgvenand625crrnc.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The historic Grand Palais is due for a contemporary touch-up from French firm LAN, who recently won the competition to restructure and expand the monument...Looking beyond the museum's Beaux-Arts style, LAN highlights the museum's durability and flexibility in an effort to bring out the building's full potential.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Have a glimpse of LAN's winning proposal below:<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7bej9uj529z2mgad.jpg"><br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b3/b3vqe6lewkkts5yq.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iw/iwm1n98liqgt2h4f.jpg"><br><br><strong>Drawings:</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f2w9u4o2safi8wge.jpg"><br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lu/lubyhj65w2ylfq1v.jpg"><br><br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h5/h5zj04jq2h6anaaj.jpg"><br><br>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/lan_chosen_to_restructure_iconic_grand_palais_in_paris/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91841795/le-corbusier-s-ronchamp-chapel-vandalized Le Corbusier's Ronchamp Chapel vandalized Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-22T14:53:00-05:00 >2014-01-22T18:00:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3h/3h4jos0oc534gv8c.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vandals have smashed an &lsquo;irreplaceable&rsquo; stained-glass window after breaking into Le Corbusier&rsquo;s Ronchamp Chapel in eastern France. The hand-painted, coloured glass window designed by the Swiss architect in the early 1950s was destroyed, it is understood, as the intruders forced entry into the famous Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut. Once inside the vandals lifted a concrete collection box and threw it outside.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/91763659/on-the-move-by-bluefoamit-2nd-prize-winner-for-e12-france-rouen “On the move” by Bluefoamit - 2nd-prize winner for E12 France, Rouen Justine Testado 2014-01-21T14:42:00-05:00 >2014-01-22T13:37:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4n/4nio8i3jj7za5zhv.jpg" width="514" height="183" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The latest entry to add to our Europan 12 feature bundle is "On the move" from architectural collective Bluefoamit. The proposal won 2nd prize for the Rouen site in the French edition of E12.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Here's a preview:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ip/ipsnnvtkewhwo19r.jpg" title=""><br><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f4/f4bkds90gkabt454.jpg" title=""><br><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fo/fo5oflqicz05kzqt.jpg" title=""><br><br> Learn all about the project at <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/on_the_move_by_bluefoamit_-_2nd-prize_winner_for_e12_france_rouen/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87529261/over-100-urban-artists-repaint-a-soon-to-be-demolished-tower-in-paris Over 100 urban artists repaint a soon-to-be-demolished tower in Paris Justine Testado 2013-11-27T14:19:00-05:00 >2013-12-02T23:02:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q5/q5zagafoi6yko3sr.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In the 13th Arrondisement in Paris, the brightly painted "Tour Paris 13" building -- is easy to spot from a distance. Described as the largest group exhibition of street art, <a href="http://www.itinerrance.fr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gallery Itinerance</a> gathered over 100 urban artists representing 16 nationalities to use their artistic skills to repaint just about every corner of the old 9-floored tower right at the brink of its demolition --&nbsp; making a vivid statement that "in the end, everything will just disappear in the rubble."</p> <p> The completion of the Tour 13 project happened not long after the controversial decision to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86311570/5-pointz-graffiti-mecca-in-long-island-city-faces-imminent-destruction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">redevelop the historic 5 Pointz "graffiti mecca" in New York</a>.</p> <p> Here are more details of the project:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4t/4t1zypota83vmqzz.jpg" title=""></p> <p> "For many months, the project voluntarily remained con&#64257;dential. Coordinated by<br> Mehdi Ben Cheikh, Director of Gallery Itinerance, with the support of the 13th Arrondisement City Hall and the consent of ICF Habitat La Sabliere, the building&rsquo;s landlord, decided to appeal to more than one hundred street-art artists from ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86989645/big-to-design-museum-of-the-human-body-in-montpellier-france BIG to design Museum of the Human Body in Montpellier, France Justine Testado 2013-11-20T13:53:00-05:00 >2014-08-06T05:50:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jh/jhf51axa3ld4ywlm.jpg" width="514" height="545" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>BIG is having a good week, now with another competition win to design the Museum of the Human Body in Montpellier, France. The jury &mdash; led by City Mayor Ms H&eacute;l&egrave;ne Mandroux &mdash; selected BIG out of five international shortlisted teams. BIG collaborated on the design with A+Architecture + Egis + Base + L'Echo + Celsius Environnement + CCVH.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g5/g5axjl8ypezt9gee.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hu/hudc2c17jmmhpjgw.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ft/ftiyqwky4z6cf631.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i4/i445i20m46yst2h3.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ce/ce9f6ac4d7vbqwbk.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zk/zkj24ehviw06u4zj.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ka/kay76cpjno7e58bj.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j7/j7art5hom6tjf2o5.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>All images courtesy of BIG (top four images by BIG + MIR).</em></p> <p> Head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/big_to_design_museum_of_the_human_body_in_montpellier_france/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> to read more.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84308122/a-architecture-to-design-new-sc-ne-campagne-cultural-facility-in-cornillon-southern-france A+ Architecture to design new Scène Campagne cultural facility in Cornillon, Southern France Justine Testado 2013-10-16T18:03:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T19:01:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oi/oinx39ns5azmloq3.jpg" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>French firm A+ Architecture has just been announced as the first-prize winner of the "Sc&egrave;ne Campagne" competition. Led by the Communaut&eacute; de Communes de Valc&eacute;zard, A+ Architecture's winning proposal will soon be realized into a new cultural, economical, and social facility for the countryside village of Cornillon in Southern France.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/79063306/the-bust-of-le-corbusier-at-mamo-marseille-france The Bust of Le Corbusier at MAMO Marseille France Archinect 2013-08-09T13:34:00-04:00 >2013-08-17T17:13:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/61/61f3d7874458690e0b243e53a477c7cc.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A turn of events took place for Cit&eacute; Radieuse in 2010, when the building&rsquo;s rooftop gym and solarium went up for sale. Designer Ito Morabito, who goes by Ora-Ito, purchased it as a collector might. &ldquo;Like you buy a piece of art, but architecture,&rdquo; he noted. After the acquisition, it became Ora-Ito&rsquo;s self-appointed mission to honor the iconic structure. Ora-Ito transformed the rooftop of Cit&eacute; Radieuse into MAMO, a contemporary art center dedicated to exhibitions and creative ateliers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/78313552/tubular-prefab-frac-center-opens-in-france Tubular Prefab FRAC Center Opens in France MikeChino 2013-07-30T20:57:00-04:00 >2013-08-06T18:17:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3z/3za5xnij5sez9nl7.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Paris-based architecture firm Jakob+MacFarlane designed this prefab tubular addition for the Regional Contemporary Art Fund Centre (FRAC) in Orleans, France, as a container for art collections and place for architectural experimentation. The fluid addition to the 19th century building was just completed and it will be inaugurated on September 14th.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/75902660/pop-it-up-by-anya-sirota-akoaki POP IT UP by Anya Sirota + AKOAKI Alexander Walter 2013-06-26T14:41:00-04:00 >2013-07-01T18:58:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wo/wo9v3vpunx7mqa83.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Anya Sirota + AKOAKI, a design studio based in Michigan, has installed two monumental stars in a defunct tannery in Amilly, France. Titled POP IT UP, the installation is open to the public through September 29, 2013.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/71346990/le-corbusier-s-cit-radieuse-rooftop-gym-transformed-into-art-space Le Corbusier's Cité Radieuse rooftop gym transformed into art space Archinect 2013-04-15T18:36:00-04:00 >2013-08-09T13:44:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7k/7k9qo62dvhbakpuz.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>French designer Ora-&Iuml;to is converting the famous Marseille roof terrace into a haven for contemporary art</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fu/fui2kgsbf6m4jpj7.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/70533069/the-ny-times-on-french-new-wave-architects The NY Times on French new-wave architects Archinect 2013-04-02T18:16:00-04:00 >2013-04-03T14:25:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/db5e27731eb2b86eb317f0bca7da7110.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But for lovers of contemporary architecture, Paris can be a surprisingly rich place. The latest crop of French architects is producing some of the best new work the city has seen. They are an eclectic group comfortable taking large risks while still melding the work into an august context.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/62803119/louvre-lens-helping-a-mining-town-shed-its-image Louvre-Lens: helping a mining town shed its image Archinect 2012-12-05T15:01:00-05:00 >2012-12-10T22:58:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fx/fx4jv1xb02f0s3n2.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The &euro;150m satellite of Paris's Louvre museum shimmers like an apparition on the raised plane of the former coalmine, looking down over streets of pitch-roofed miners' houses, dotted with the occasional chip shop. The building is formed from a series of long, low-slung walls that fade in and out of view as the changing light dances over its surface &ndash; or as clouds of drizzle engulf it entirely in the wintry gloom.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/62793956/18th-century-french-chateau-razed-by-mistake 18th-Century French Chateau Razed 'By Mistake' Archinect 2012-12-05T11:45:00-05:00 >2012-12-05T11:46:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/19/190u1k896bzscsdy.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mayor's office in Yvrac said Wednesday that workers who were hired to renovate the grand 13,000-square-meter (140,000-square-foot) manor and raze a small building on the same estate in southwest France mixed them up. "The Chateau de Bellevue was Yvrac's pride and joy," said former owner Juliette Marmie. "The whole village is in shock. How can this construction firm make such a mistake?"</p></em><br /><br /><p> Via rfuller in the Forum: <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/62791137/chateau-de-bellevue-destroyed-by-idiots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chateau de Bellevue destroyed by idiots.</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/53469292/mvrdv-s-transformation-of-disused-dijon-mustard-laboratory-completed MVRDV’s Transformation of Disused Dijon Mustard Laboratory Completed Alexander Walter 2012-07-13T14:58:00-04:00 >2012-07-13T15:09:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f0eewhssrpqbsa40.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rotterdam's MVRDV has completed the transformation of a disused mustard laboratory in Dijon, France (previously on Bustler) into an innovative call center with an education center, incubator and social program.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously in the Archinect News: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/4946369/mvrdv-to-transform-dijon-mustard-lab-into-call-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV to Transform Dijon Mustard Lab into Call Center</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/38988462/can-us-communities-learn-from-this-european-suburban-retrofit Can US communities learn from this European suburban retrofit? Archinect 2012-02-22T15:15:59-05:00 >2012-02-26T14:33:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c8/c8cb3dcf09ae86c256870a9b941900b4.jpg" width="500" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2008, the substantially updated town center of Plessis-Robinson, a suburb of Paris, was named &ldquo;the best urban neighborhood built in the last 25 years&rdquo; by the European Architecture Foundation. A composite of six connected districts ranging in size from 5.6 to 59 acres, the revitalization comprises public buildings, retail, market-rate and subsidized affordable housing, parks, schools, gardens, sports facilities, and a hospital. Construction was begun in 1990 and took a decade to complete.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/37585350/corbu-s-marseille-s-cit-radieuse-damaged-by-fire Corbu's Marseille's Cité Radieuse damaged by fire Archinect 2012-02-10T11:22:00-05:00 >2012-02-10T15:26:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/71/719ht8ozxp4j74j5.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of France's most important landmarks of modernist architecture, La Cit&eacute; Radieuse housing estate in Marseille, built by the architect Le Corbusier, has been damaged by fire. Fire services fought for over 12 hours to put out a blaze that began on Thursday afternoon in a first floor flat in the nine-storey concrete complex which is protected by special heritage status in France.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/36693009/the-new-french-hacker-artist-underground The New French Hacker-Artist Underground Archinect 2012-02-02T18:00:00-05:00 >2012-02-03T08:17:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c2/c25d953f59e6fb3b9cac2f673ea4e5be.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Through meticulous infiltration, UX members have carried out shocking acts of cultural preservation and repair, with an ethos of &ldquo;restoring those invisible parts of our patrimony that the government has abandoned or doesn&rsquo;t have the means to maintain.&rdquo; The group claims to have conducted 15 such covert restorations, often in centuries-old spaces, all over Paris.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/29417305/ginger-group-unveils-plan-to-transform-the-eiffel-tower-into-a-gigantic-tree Ginger Group Unveils Plan to Transform the Eiffel Tower Into a Gigantic Tree MikeChino 2011-12-01T14:59:31-05:00 >2011-12-08T09:16:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lx/lxbkc67ej33lfhp3.jpg" width="514" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A group of consultants in Paris has hatched a plan to turn the Eiffel Tower into a giant tree by covering it with 600,000 plants. Their dream is to literally plant the 324 meter tall aesthetic symbol of Paris with 12 tons of rubber tubing, and gradually add bags planted with greenery all over.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/23891424/nursery-in-sarreguemines-france Nursery in Sarreguemines, France Alexander Walter 2011-10-14T16:06:02-04:00 >2011-10-17T13:39:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uy/uyeu7kv8mm6elsos.jpg" width="514" height="655" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>French architects Paul Le Quernec and Michel Grasso have shared with us photos of their recently completed collaboration, a nursery in Sarreguemines, France. The design is based on the concept of a body cell with its nucleus as the core and surrounding elements that are being confined by the cell membrane.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/14650389/exhibition-sitio-of-santiago-borja-villa-savoye-of-le-corbusier-poissy-france Exhibition Sitio of Santiago Borja - Villa Savoye of Le Corbusier, Poissy (France) Archinect 2011-07-25T20:03:00-04:00 >2011-07-25T21:50:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9p/9pxa917mgjnwd5ao.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The exhibition Sitio is an intervention of the artist Santiago Borja designed for the Savoye Villachef-d&rsquo;&oelig;uvre of Le Corbusier - based on the statute of icon out of the time and deterritorialized ofthe Villa. It appears a such floating object in space and time, fighting against the possibility ofconstituting only one remarkable enclosure but vacuum; a &rsquo;&rsquo;machine a&#768; habiter&rsquo;&rsquo; on diverted. TheSpanish term Sitio - which means ''site' '- insists on the concept of place in the anthropologicalmeaning : a place symbolically given. It also implies, as Roland Barthes defines it in Le Neutre(1978), an ideal place, a place of foundation or an esoteric place where we feel good. In thisdirection, Sitio proposes a multiple reading of the various cultural phenomena which developedaround the Villa, a such kind of plea for what one could name &rsquo;&rsquo;anachronistic contemporaneity&rsquo;&rsquo;.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yx/yx86vmldlyowzriu.jpg"></p> <p> While being based on the thesis that Adolf Max Vogt develops in Le Corbusier le bon sauvage(2003), explaining why Le C...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/14629891/gehry-s-luna-park-plan-put-on-ice Gehry's Luna Park Plan Put on Ice MikeChino 2011-07-25T15:55:00-04:00 >2014-04-08T14:09:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nk/nkc2qdg692h0qdv4.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frank Gehry&rsquo;s vision for a series of his signature folded towers placed in the heart of the historic Parc des Ateliers in Arles, France will have to wait &ndash; as the project has just been put on hold. The French National Commission for Historical Sites and Monument has rejected two of the five necessary permits required for the Luna Park campus development to commence.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97566137/frank-gehry-s-luma-arles-campus-is-happening-after-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's Luma Arles Campus is happening (after all)</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/12683120/oma-to-design-parc-des-expositions-in-toulouse OMA to Design Parc des Expositions in Toulouse Alexander Walter 2011-07-08T18:48:00-04:00 >2012-09-26T18:41:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bk/bk7bsshdh9uuxil9.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OMA has won the competition to design the new Parc des Expositions (PEX) in the innovation zone of Toulouse, in southern France. PEX is conceived as a new gateway to the city and will host exhibitions, conferences, and concerts.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>