Moustache opens Paris store that looks as if it is carved out of stone

En Bande Organisée and Julien Dufresne Architecte used pale polished concrete to create the cave-like interiors of French brand Moustache’s Parisian store. White polished-concrete walls dotted with curved alcoves and ceilings with organically-shaped skylights feature in Moustache‘s recently-opened Paris store. Located in the city’s Canal Saint Martin district, the 120-square-metre space is the brand’s first […]

Oursin restaurant by Simon Porte Jacquemus is designed to “perpetuate summer”

Whitewashed walls, colourful ceramics and rattan furnishings help channel sunny climes inside this Parisian restaurant, designed by the eponymous owner of cult French fashion label Jacquemus. Simon Porte Jacquemus – with the help of hospitality-focused Caviar Kaspia Group – has designed Oursin to recall “the eternal summery beauty of the optical white house shimmering along […]

Centre Pompidou: high-tech architecture’s “inside-out” landmark

Next up in our high-tech architecture series we look at the Centre Pompidou in Paris by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, the “inside-out” landmark that drew global attention to the movement. Known locally as the Beaubourg, after the area of Paris in which it is located, the Centre Pompidou is a cultural landmark that has its […]

Jean Nouvel sues over “totally disproportionate” Philharmonie de Paris late fee

Architect Jean Nouvel is counter-suing the Philharmonie de Paris over the €170.6 million fine he was slapped with when the concert hall opened late and over-budget. Nouvel’s lawyers William Bourdon and Vincent Brengarth said the fee was “totally disproportionate” and “unprecedented in the world of architecture”, reported the Guardian. They argued that the €170.6 million […]

Sophie Dries renovates Haussmann-era apartment in Paris for clients who are “really into colour”

French architect Sophie Dries has combined a pair of mid-19th-century Parisian flats in a design that brings together street art and colour blocking. The apartment was previously two separate homes, built during Haussmann’s major reconstruction of Paris. The renovation sees them brought together into a 100-square-metre residence for a family of four. Dries designed a […]

Rei Kawakubo creates Parisian beauty store Dover Street Parfums Market

High-end fashion department store Dover Street Market has opened a beauty-focused branch at the heart of Paris, where products are displayed inside towering textured columns. Located just a few minutes walk from Paris’ Musée Picasso, Dover Street Parfums Market is solely dedicated to selling perfumes, make-up and grooming products. This marks a change from the […]

Hella Jongerius fills atrium of Parisian foundation with a giant loom

Dutch designer Hella Jongerius has created a giant loom with threads that tumble 16 metres between the floors of the multi-storey Lafayette Anticipations foundation in the Marais, Paris. Installed in the atrium of the foundation’s building in central Paris, the giant Space Loom has turned the four-storey space into a textile studio that is open […]

Gensler designs Pavilion Notre-Dame as temporary worship space

International architecture firm Gensler has proposed creating a pavilion alongside Notre-Dame as a temporary place of worship following the fire, which destroyed the cathedral’s roof. Situated on the square in front of the cathedral, Pavillon Notre-Dame is designed to host church services and markets for residents and visitors while the 850-year-old cathedral is being restored. Notre-Dame’s […]

Digital artwork called Symbiosia depicts effect of climate change on trees in Paris

Dutch artist Thijs Biersteker collaborated with scientist Stefano Mancuso to create this installation at the Fondation Cartier that shows the real-time impact of climate change on nature in Paris. Biersteker creates interactive installations about environmental and social issues. His project with Mancuso is titled Symbiosia and seeks to promote awareness of the impact of climate […]

Birkenstock 1774 showroom occupies a classic Parisian apartment

Footwear brand Birkenstock has worked with design studio Vinson & Co to create a showroom inside a grandiose Paris apartment, where shoes are displayed in living-room-style spaces. Nestled amongst the high-end boutiques that line Paris’ Rue Saint Honoré, Birkenstock 1774 is a dedicated space for the brand to present special projects and collaborations. It takes […]

MAD’s first European building nears completion in Paris

A sinuous facade of stepped terraces envelops MAD‘s UNIC apartment tower, which is nearing completion in Paris, France. Developed in collaboration with local studio Biecher Architectes, the 13-storey residential building will become MAD‘s first completed project in Europe. The block is wrapped in balconies that will be fitted with planters to double as “raised gardens” […]

Soltani+LeClercq proposes shrouding Notre-Dame in a veil

Soltani+LeClercq has designed a translucent membrane to cover Notre-Dame Cathedral while reconstruction takes place. The New York architecture studio envisions covering the cathedral, which lost its spire and roof in a fire on 15 April, in a veil that will obscure views of the building as it is rebuilt. “The entire envelope is shrouded in a diaphanous […]

SABO Project creates family-friendly Sacha apartment in Paris

Peg-hole walls and a curved child-proof staircase are some of the quirky details inside this Parisian apartment, which SABO Project has overhauled for a young family with a baby on the way. Set within a residential block in the city’s fifth arrondissement, the Sacha duplex apartment had previously featured a series of “very dated” rooms […]

Paris plans to go green by planting “urban forest” around architectural landmarks

Paris has unveiled plans to plant trees and gardens alongside four of its historic sites to improve the air quality and address climate change. Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo has announced an “urban forest” planting scheme for the Place de l’Hotel de Ville, the Gare de Lyon, the Palais Garnier and a footpath along the […]

Carlo Ratti imagines how Boulevard Périphérique in Paris will look in 2050

Paris’ famous Périphérique ring road could have its car lanes slashed by half and replaced by a playground in the switch to driverless cars, says Carlo Ratti. The Italian architect, who is one of the world’s leading voices on technology in urban environments, has explored how Paris could adapt its roads to an autonomous, electric […]

Apple Store architect wants to use only glass to rebuild Notre-Dame’s roof and spire

Eight Inc, the studio that developed the Apple Store concept, wants to accurately reconstruct Notre-Dame‘s roof and spire using structural glass. After the French senate passed a bill stating Notre-Dame Cathedral must be returned to its “last known visual state”, Eight Inc has suggested that this could be achieved using a modern material. Eight Inc […]

BIG converts 1930s bank to create major new store for Galeries Lafayette in Paris

Bjarke Ingels’ firm has created a “retail laboratory” for French department store Galeries Lafayette inside an art-deco bank on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. BIG sought to celebrate the history of the 1930s building, matching its original art-deco details with opulent displays. But the space is designed to function as more than just a store – […]

Notre-Dame must be restored to “last known visual state” says French Senate

The French Senate has passed a bill saying Notre-Dame Cathedral must be rebuilt as it was before the fire, which destroyed its roof and spire last month. The restoration bill states that the reconstruction must create a cathedral that is faithful to the “last known visual state” of the building, reports French newspaper Le Monde. It also […]

Gustafson Porter + Bowman reveals Eiffel Tower parks redesign

British landscape architecture studio Gustafson Porter + Bowman are redesigning the approaches to the Eiffel Tower in Paris ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The London studio won the competition for the Site Tour Eiffel project, beating entries from Amanda Levete, Carlo Ratti and Junya Ishigami. New parks and pools will be added to the […]

Herzog & de Meuron’s Tour Triangle set to be built in Paris after passing final legal hurdle

The Tour Triangle, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, is poised to become the first skyscraper built in central Paris since 1973, after winning a lengthy court battle. Paris’s administrative court has upheld a building permit that was issued in April 2015, rejecting two appeals that had been filled against the building. The court found that the building […]

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