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Atelier Craft and ICI! complete triangular migrant shelter in Paris

January 27, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Aire de Repos shelter

French studios Atelier Craft and ICI! have designed a triangular day shelter for migrants and refugees in Paris, with a modular timber frame that allows it to be demounted and moved to different sites. Called Aire de Repos or Rest Area, the shelter is currently located at La Station Gare des Mines, an arts venue

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“All good architecture is modern in its time” says Richard Rogers

January 11, 2022 Lizzie Crook 0
exterior of Centre Pompidou in Paris

In the second exclusive interview that we filmed with Richard Rogers, the late British architect explained the story behind the Centre Pompidou that he designed with Renzo Piano. The interview is one of a series filmed with Rogers to coincide with a retrospective of his work at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in

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K Architectures creates trio of permanent circus tents for theatre in Béziers

January 5, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Domaine de Bayssan Theatre complex in Béziers by K Architectures

Paris studio K Architectures has created a permanent home for the Domaine de Bayssan Theatre near Béziers, France, which was informed by circus tents.  Built on the Domaine de Bayssan estate near the town of Béziers in southern France, the permanent theatre replaced a circus tent that was erected on the site in 2006. K Architectures aimed to

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The Whale apartment in Paris riffs on art deco design

January 4, 2022 Natasha Levy 0
White armchair under spherical pendant lights in interior of The Whale apartment in Paris designed by Clément Lesnoff-Rocard

Mirror, brass and simple geometries feature inside this Parisian apartment by local architect Clément Lesnoff-Rocard, which offers an understated take on art deco. The 65-square-metre flat, nicknamed The Whale, is tucked away in the basement of a residential building in the city’s 16th arrondissement. According to Lesnoff-Rocard, the apartment had undergone a renovation in recent

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Daab Design clads French cabin with scorched pine wood

January 2, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Cabin with scorched wood cladding

Planks of scorched wood clad the exterior of Pine Nut Cabane, a wooden retreat in the south of France designed by London studio Daab Design with cabin manufacturer Moustache Bois. The 35-square-metre cabin was created for a family who wanted a flexible space for their existing farmhouse that could serve as a painting studio, guest

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Laurent Taïeb transforms Louvre Post Office into Hôtel Madame Rêve in Paris

December 17, 2021 Dan Howarth 0
Bedroom at Hotel Madame Reve

A luxury hotel with sweeping views across the rooftops of Paris has been built within a historic building close to the Louvre that once served as a post office. Under the creative direction of hotelier Laurent Taïeb, the opening of the Hôtel Madame Rêve follows nine years of renovation work inside the Louvre Post Office

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Foster + Partners layers coloured concrete to create Narbo Via museum in France

December 16, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
Walkway covered by concrete roof

Layers of coloured concrete that resemble rock stratifications enclose the Narbo Via museum designed by British architecture studio Foster + Partners in southern France. Raised on a podium close to the Canal de la Robine in Narbonne, the museum is used for the display of Roman artefacts found in the town that was once a major

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Java Architecture extends Parisian home with polycarbonate-clad tower

December 7, 2021 Jon Astbury 0
Polycarbonate-clad house in Paris

French studio Java Architecture has renovated and extended a ruined stone house in Paris with a wooden tower that is clad in polycarbonate panels. Nestled in a courtyard on a narrow site off the busy Rue du Commerce in Paris, the dwelling, called Staying in Paris, is designed for a family who wanted to live

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Controversy over Notre-Dame restoration reignites as plans for “Disney” interiors emerge

December 2, 2021 Nat Barker 0
Notre Dame could take decades to repair after the fire

The row over how the fire-gutted Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris should be restored has restarted as plans to give the interior a tourist-friendly makeover are emerging. Confessional boxes, altars and classical sculptures are set to be replaced with modern art murals and new light and sound effects designed to create “emotional spaces”, according to a report

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Herzog & de Meuron’s Tour Triangle set to begin construction in Paris

November 19, 2021 Nat Barker 0
Tour Triangle by Herzog & de Meuron

The Tour Triangle skyscraper designed by Swiss studio Herzog & de Meuron is finally set to begin construction in Paris after 15 years in the making, amid a last-ditch attempt to stop it by the building’s critics. Developer Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) this month struck a partnership deal with an investment arm of French insurance multinational AXA, providing

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