Archinect - News 2014-04-16T07:10:37-04:00 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="" 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="" 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=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Get more details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> 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="" 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=""><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>Drawings:</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Paris' "ghost stations" could be revitalized as galleries, swimming pools, restaurants Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-07T14:42:00-05:00 >2014-02-07T14:42:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Paris M&eacute;tro, opened in 1900, extends over more than 200 kilometers of track, serving more than 300 individual stops. But there are 11 more stations that, though once built, now stand nearly abandoned. Many of these "ghost" or "phantom" stations shuttered after the occupation during WWII. [...] Parisian mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has a bold plan for these phantom stations ... these abandoned spaces should be reclaimed for the city's residents.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Working alongside mayoral candidate Kosciusko-Morizet, architect Manal Rachdi and urban planner Nicolas Laisn&eacute;&nbsp;composed a few renderings of what the stations could become under the proposal. Featuring Arsenal, one of the stations closed since 1939, here are a few potential uses:</p><p>Night club:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Restaurant:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Art gallery:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Theater:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>All images via&nbsp;NKM Paris, from Oxo architects + Laisn&eacute; Architect.</em></p> 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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> Prada Celebrates Architecture Exhibit in Paris Archinect 2013-11-27T13:22:00-05:00 >2013-11-27T13:23:10-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Curated by architect and historian Joseph Abram, in collaboration with Rem Koolhaas&rsquo; OMA/AMO, the exhibition celebrates the work of Perret, in particular his extended use of reinforced concrete. The exhibition analyzes, through more than 400 original documents such as sketches, pictures, scale models and personal letters, eight buildings conceived by Perret. These include the Th&eacute;&acirc;tre des Champs-Elys&eacute;es in Paris, along with the H&ocirc;tel de Ville and the Eglise Saint Joseph in Le Havre.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> “L’art de Rosanjin” exhibition design by Ryusuke Nanki tastefully balances visual and culinary art Justine Testado 2013-10-24T20:19:00-04:00 >2013-10-25T18:26:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ryusuke Nanki, a Tokyo-based designer and former student of Shigeru Ban, was the head of production and design for the first European showing of the "L'art de Rosanjin" exhibition at the Guimet Museum in Paris that happened from July 3 to Sept. 9. The continuous flow of the exhibition space, pillars, and beams are an ode to traditional Japanese architecture, while a soft palette of whites and grays express the sophistication of epicure and artist Rosanjin Kita&ocirc;ji.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> These are les nouvelles berges Nam Henderson 2013-10-16T13:27:00-04:00 >2013-10-16T15:17:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="256" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"above all we want to show to best advantage what is after all a treasure of urban planning. Don't forget that the Paris quays are on Unesco's list of world heritage sites." - Xavier Janc</p></em><br /><br /><p> Hugh Schofield explores the newly reclaimed riverside of the Seine in Paris. A&nbsp;mile-and-a-half of riverfront has been&nbsp;pedestrianised, beautified and upgraded.</p> The living architecture of Philip Beesley Archinect 2013-08-19T19:55:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T20:15:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Philip Beesley is a Canada-based architect who has spent years blurring the lines between nature and technology. In 2008, he began work on the Hyozolic series &mdash; a collection of immersive installations that react to, and evolve with, the movements of people who pass through them. The idea, according to Beesley, is to create a "metabolic architecture," whereby manmade structures are seen not as inanimate, fixed objects, but as living, breathing entities, capable of regeneration and growth.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>The most recent addition to the Hyozolic series, Radiant Soil, debuted earlier this summer at the EDF Fondation in Paris, France.</em></p> China Has a Fake Paris, and It’s a Ghost Town Archinect 2013-08-05T18:35:00-04:00 >2013-11-26T18:47:31-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That&rsquo;s a nice photo of Paris, isn&rsquo;t it? Nope! That&rsquo;s not Paris and no, it&rsquo;s not Disney World or even the Las Vegas Strip; it&rsquo;s a replica Paris in China. What makes this clone of Paris even more weird is that it&rsquo;s a ghost town. Only about 2,000 people live there, which means that those giant skyscrapers, with 700+ units tend to only have around 30 people living in each of them. This city has become a place to take wedding photos for Chinese citizens who can&rsquo;t afford to travel to the real Paris...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Hoping to improve missed connections at La Défense Nam Henderson 2013-07-31T15:34:00-04:00 >2013-08-01T12:15:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Alessandra Cianchetta, a partner at AWP, the firm mapping the master plan, acknowledges the enormousness of her task. &ldquo;La D&eacute;fense as a concept is a bit obsolete,&rdquo; Ms. Cianchetta said. &ldquo;There is no interaction, no hospitality here.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Georgi Kantchev reviewed plans by the public agency that manages the district &nbsp;to upgrade it's public spaces. The firm <a href="http://www.%C2%ADplatforms.%C2%ADfr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AWP </a>wants to&nbsp;add entertainment sites to the main public plaza and build footbridges to connect it with the surrounding neighborhoods.</p> The politics of 12 new skyscrapers for Paris Nam Henderson 2013-06-19T12:14:00-04:00 >2013-06-19T12:14:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"We mustn't let ourselves be imprisoned by a 'heritage vision' of the city," Ms Hidalgo told the news magazine L'Express. "We are working towards a "genero-city" which is to say a city that is open, convivial and in vibration."</p></em><br /><br /><p> John Laurenson talks with supporters and critics sparring over plans to build 12 new skyscrapers in Paris. The issue has generated&nbsp;enough&nbsp;controversy that Laurenson believes &nbsp;it will likely play a role in deciding the next municipal elections.</p> ‘Architecture Whispers’ Brings Intimate Architectural Discourse to Paris Alexander Walter 2013-05-06T18:32:00-04:00 >2013-05-07T13:39:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Paris has a new monthly event highlight: Architecture Whispers, a series of intimate multidisciplinary and cross-cultural conversations between emerging, established and visionary international architects and their colleagues in other disciplines. They take place in the Silencio Club located at 142 Rue Montmartre, an exclusive venue for writers, directors and musicians, established by American filmmaker/visual artist/musician David Lynch.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Populous and Ateliers 2/3/4/ to Design Rugby Stadium in Paris Alexander Walter 2013-02-14T14:00:00-05:00 >2013-02-14T17:31:22-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The design proposal by Populous and Ateliers 2/3/4/ for the new Grand Stade Rugby Stadium in Paris has emerged victoriously over two competing entries. The announcement was made by the Steering Committee of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) after several months of discussions and reviews.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Paris is like a wedge of Gruyère cheese Nam Henderson 2012-11-01T11:48:00-04:00 >2012-11-01T11:48:43-04:00 <img src="" width="470" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our aim is to examine the city's connection to its underground in a way no one has before: we will attempt to walk from the southern edge to the northern, using only catacombs, telecom tunnels, sewers and other hidden infrastructure. It is a 14-mile trek, every step illegal.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> Will Hunt spent a few days and nights underneath Paris, as part of an expedition led by Steve Duncan, a photographer and urban historian from New York. The group discovered a parallel universe populated by: "<em>cataphiles</em>" - young, bohemian Parisians who use the tunnels as party venues, ossuaries and "<em>An 800-year crawl</em>".</p> OFIS Arhitekti Finish Basket Apartments in Paris Alexander Walter 2012-10-09T19:17:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T19:54:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Back in November 2008, we reported on Slovenian firm OFIS Arhitekti taking the first prize in the invited competition for a student apartment building in Paris' 19th district. The project has come together very nicely in the mean time, and we're excited to publish photos of the now completed Basket Apartments.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Compare the completed building with the competition renderings from 2008: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OFIS Arhitekti Win Student Housing Competition in Paris</a></p> The Other Disney World: A Creepy, Empty Village Alexander Walter 2012-07-26T17:23:00-04:00 >2012-07-31T11:45:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Outside of Paris lies a &ldquo;Truman Show like &uuml;ber-replica of a French village from the last century, which seems to have sprung up overnight.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ikea home away from home comes to Paris airport Archinect 2012-07-13T17:43:00-04:00 >2012-07-13T17:44:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ikea has opened a pop-up lounge at Paris's Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport for passengers to relax in between flights during the busy summer travel season. The lounge, situated in the airport's terminal 3, is open from July 13 to August 5, and includes various spaces laid out like bedrooms, a living room and a play area for children. Covering a total of 220 square meters, the Ikea space is open to all passengers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> DUNE Street Furniture System by FERPECT Collective Alexander Walter 2012-07-06T17:56:00-04:00 >2012-07-08T10:42:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>French design collective FERPECT has shared with us their project DUNE, winner of Forme Publique 2011, the Biennale of Street Furniture Design at the futuristic business district La D&eacute;fense near Paris. DUNE is being exhibited from March 28 until December 31 on the La D&eacute;fense square.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> High Tech Bus Stop in Paris by Patrick Jouin Alexander Walter 2012-06-28T17:00:00-04:00 >2012-06-29T10:58:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>French designer Patrick Jouin has shared with us his latest project for client JCDecaux &ndash; a high tech bus stop (free Wifi anyone?) situated at the corner of Boulevard Henry IV and Place de la Bastille in Paris. Jouin has collaborated with JCDecaux on urban furniture since 2007, most notably for V&eacute;lib, the public bicycle sharing system in Paris.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Paris: "the bus stop of the future" Archinect 2012-06-20T14:41:00-04:00 >2012-06-20T14:42:58-04:00 <img src="" width="453" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yes, it's still a bus shelter, but the idea is to make it both more useful and more of a social space. People may come here for a range of things other than catching the bus, so that social interaction and the life of the street intermix with waiting to produce a more vibrant, interesting, and safe environment.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ball-Nogues Studio-designed Pavillon Speciale 2012 is inaugurated Archinect 2012-06-08T19:08:00-04:00 >2012-06-11T13:10:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Following up from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our news back in March this year about the selection of Ball-Nogues Studio as the architect for this year's Pavillon Speciale</a>, we now bring you news and photos of the completed installation. Press release follows...</p> <p> The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ecole Sp&eacute;ciale d&rsquo;Architecture</a> in Paris this evening; with the presence of Benjamin Ball and students from the 6th Semester Atelier 3x of the Ecole Speciale, inaugurated the 2012 Ball-Noges studio &lsquo;Pavillon Speciale&rsquo;. This marks the 2nd edition of the summer architecture series that gives young emerging international architects the opportunity to build with students a temporary project in the heart of Paris. Curated and conceived by Matteo Cainer in the summer of 2010, the series is an ongoing program of innovative temporary structures built by emerging international architects under the age of 45. Once a year, students of the Ecole Sp&eacute;ciale d&rsquo;Architecture have the opportunity to build, along side the selected architect, a new experimental pavili...</p> LAN Architecture Completes 70° Sud Housing Project in Boulogne-Billancourt Alexander Walter 2012-03-26T15:08:00-04:00 >2012-03-27T14:11:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="553" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>LAN Architecture recently completed 70&deg; Sud, an apartment building in Boulogne-Billancourt, a western suburb of Paris. The project emerged as the winner of a competition back in 2008.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ball Nogues Studio Wins Pavillon Spéciale 2012 Competition in Paris Alexander Walter 2012-03-19T18:41:00-04:00 >2012-03-27T02:33:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Ecole Sp&eacute;ciale d&rsquo;Architecture in Paris today announced Ball-Nogues Studio from Los Angeles as the winner of the 2012 edition of the &ldquo;Pavillon Sp&eacute;ciale&rdquo; competition. Now in its 2nd edition, the Pavillon Sp&eacute;ciale consolidates its role as an annual spring architectural series that gives young emerging international architects the opportunity to build with students a temporary project in the heart of Paris.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Our very own Paul Petrunia, founder and publisher of Archinect and, had the honor to serve on the International Expert Committee for this year's pavilion competition.</p> Foster + Partners-designed Hermitage Plaza Granted Building Permit Alexander Walter 2012-03-07T17:17:00-05:00 >2012-03-08T06:19:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Foster + Partners announced today that Hermitage Plaza, the ambitious high-rise project in Paris, France, has been approved and was granted the Permis de Construire. The twisted twin towers &ndash; at 320 meters aiming to be Western Europe's tallest mixed-use towers &ndash; promise to create a new community to the east of La D&eacute;fense, bringing the life of central Paris to the business district with a riverside park lined with cafes and restaurants.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The New French Hacker-Artist Underground Archinect 2012-02-02T18:00:00-05:00 >2012-02-03T08:17:22-05:00 <img src="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> BIG + OFF to Design New University Research Center in Paris Alexander Walter 2011-11-21T18:09:00-05:00 >2012-09-28T21:03:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Danish and French architects BIG &amp; OFF, engineers Buro Happold, consultants Michel Forgue and environmental engineer Franck Boutte is the winning team to design the new 15,000 m2 research center for Sorbonne Universit&eacute; Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. The winning team was honored as the best design among proposals from MVRDV, Lipsky Rollet, Mario Cucinella and Peripherique.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Meet The Designer Behind David Lynch’s New Nightclub Archinect 2011-11-10T11:32:48-05:00 >2011-11-10T13:35:32-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Located in the heart of historic Paris, Silencio is a 2,100-square-foot members-only nightclub that consists of a series of one-off rooms, plus a live stage with a reflective dance floor and 24-seat cinema. It grew, Navot says, out of a two-year process working with Lynch in Paris and in Los Angeles at the director&rsquo;s home, with talks over the phone or on Skype.</p></em><br /><br /><p> &ldquo;He has a natural director attitude,&rdquo; Navot tells Co.Design. &ldquo;Often, the design was guided in a way that was not always figurative&ndash;-it could have been a drawing, a rough sketch, an expression, or a feeling.&rdquo;</p>