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 […]

JCPCDR Architecture’s tiny timber pavilion invites walkers to “pause and observe”

A small elevated viewpoint projects from this tiny house-shaped pavilion, which JCPCDR Architecture has built for hikers to observe Lake Annecy in France. Named L’Observatoire, the pavilion is nestled below the trees on a secluded mountainside site in Giez. It was designed and built by Parisian studio JCPCDR Architecture with local fir wood. Though it […]

Foster + Partners’ Marseille airport plans come under scrutiny for carbon emissions

A glazed terminal building at Marseille Provence Airport designed by Foster + Partners has come under fire from France’s environmental authorities over fears it could hinder France‘s target to be carbon-neutral by 2050. The Autorité Environnementale (AE) issued a report calling on the developer Aeroport Marseille Provence (AMP) and the French state to “demonstrate the compatibility of […]

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 […]

India Mahdavi’s striped scenography provides backdrop for furniture exhibition

French architect India Mahdavi has distorted the familiar coloured stripes found at seaside resorts to create the scenography for this exhibition of 20th-century furniture from the Centre Pompidou‘s collection. The exhibition presents more than 60 pieces from the Parisian institution‘s 20th-century collection at the Cercle Naval de Toulon – a heritage-listed 1930s building designed to […]

Alex Israel projects Bat Signal from roof of Le Corbusier’s Cite Radieuse

Multimedia artist Alex Israel has installed a Bat Signal at the MAMO Arts Centre on the roof of Le Corbusier‘s brutalist Cité Radieuse apartment block in Marseille, France. Israel installed the spotlight projecting the outline of a bat as part of his Batman-focused exhibition at the Marseille Modulor (MAMO) Arts Centre, which occupies the rooftop of Cité […]

Mathieu Lehanneur looks to the cosmos for Particle Horizon exhibition

French designer Mathieu Lehanneur brings together his most emblematic pieces for a cosmology-inspired exhibition, set within the modernist walls of Villa Noailles in southeastern France. Showcased as part of this year’s Design Parade Hyères, Lehanneur’s Particle Horizon exhibition collates a number of his most significant designs. These include his ocean-like marble furniture and Les Cordes […]

Charlotte Perriand’s Les Arcs ski resort celebrates 50 years

Les Arcs, a 1960s ski resort in France designed by a collective of architects led by Charlotte Perriand, is celebrating its half centenary. Here are the architecture highlights of the modernist resort. Part of the Paradiski area, Les Arcs today is formed of four villages named for their altitude, Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 2000 […]

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 […]

BIG and FREAKS complete looping MÉCA cultural centre in Bordeaux

A huge “urban living room” forms the heart of the looping MÉCA cultural hub, which BIG and FREAKS have completed beside the River Garonne in Bordeaux, France. Named MÉCA, an acronym for Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine, the 18,000-square-metre centre contains a media library, performance space and art gallery in […]

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 […]

Inside-out Anis office block in Nice is covered in outdoor work spaces

Nicolas Laisné Architectes and Dimitri Roussel have turned a traditional office layout inside-out by putting staircases and workstations on the facade of an office in Nice. Called Anis, the office block was designed to improve workplace wellbeing by prioritising outdoor spaces and greenery. The new office sits in the Nice Meridia, the technology district of […]

Yinka Ilori covers adult playground in Pinterest’s most pinned colours at Cannes Lions

Designer Yinka Ilori invites visitors to the Cannes Lions festival to “tap into their inner child” at his colourful, geometric-patterned playground installation for Pinterest. Ilori created the Playland installation, which includes a roundabout and see-saw, for this year’s annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, in the south of France. Created as part of social media […]

Balconies branch out from Sou Fujimoto’s tree-like tower in Montpellier

Balconies fan out like leaves from the mixed-use L’Arbre Blanc tower, which Sou Fujimoto has completed in Montpellier with Nicolas Laisné, Dimitri Roussel and OXO Architectes. Modelled on the shape of a tree, the curved 17-storey building contains 113 apartments with cantilevering balconies, alongside publicly accessible facilities on the ground floor and rooftop. This layout […]

Pierre Yovanovitch brightens Villa Noailles gift shop with bold hues

French designer Pierre Yovanovitch has offset salmon-pink and butter-yellow surfaces with cobalt blue decor details to create this striking gift shop at an art centre in southeast France. The brightly-hued shop is set within Villa Noailles, an arts centre in the provincial commune of Hyères. Designed in 1923 by French architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, the building comprises […]

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 […]

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