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 […]

Sebastian Errazuriz ridicules Notre-Dame proposals by turning cathedral into rocket launchpad

Designer Sebastian Errazuriz has suggested turning Notre-Dame Cathedral into a space-rocket launchpad in an “act of creative one-upmanship” designed to stop architects producing more proposals. Chilean born, New York-based Errazuriz posted the dramatic set of images on Instagram, alongside an open letter asking architects to stop coming up with concepts for the cathedral, which lost its […]

Seven of the most outrageous proposals for Notre-Dame

Since Notre-Dame Cathedral was devastated by fire last month, design proposals for rebuilding the roof and spire have got more and more ridiculous. Here are seven of the most farfetched, including a car park, a swimming pool and a McDonald’s. The Pool by Ulf Mejergren Architects Rather than topping Notre-Dame with a park, as several designers have […]

Watch a fly-through animation showing Notre-Dame rebuilt with a replica spire and a glass roof

[embedded content] Miysis Studio has created an animation showing its vision of a rebuilt Notre-Dame that combines a reconstruction of Viollet-le-Duc’s spire with a modern glass roof. The Belgium visualisation studio created the movie to show how the cathedral, which was devastated by fire last month, could be rebuilt using modern and traditional materials. “We also wanted to mix […]

Miysis Studio envisions Notre-Dame with a reconstructed spire and glass roof

Miysis Studio has proposed combining a reconstruction of Notre-Dame‘s spire with a modern glazed roof to “find the right balance between history and future” for the cathedral. The visualisation studio created the images as an idea of how the cathedral, which was devastated by fire last month, could be rebuilt using both traditional and modern elements. […]

Experts concerned over five-year deadline for Notre-Dame rebuild

Over 1,000 architecture and heritage experts have called on France’s president to reconsider plans to rebuild Notre-Dame before the Olympic Games in 2024, saying the reconstruction should be carried out “without haste”. Former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Philippe de Montebello is one of 1,170 experts to sign a petition calling for greater […]

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