In celebration of the 30th anniversary of IM Pei’s Louvre Pyramid in Paris, France, artist JR created a large-scale collaborative art piece, titled ‘The Secret of the Louvre”, that takes up the entirety of the Napoleon Court. The reason for the Pyramid’s creation was to ease down the congestion from museum’s thousands of daily visitors. The artwork was made with the assistance of 400 volunteers, resulting in the aforementioned optical illusion of Pei’s pyramid sinking into the ground.
The new, slim, transparent Tribunal de Paris, located in the north-central part of the Paris located in the country of France (rather than the Paris in the state of Texas in the United States) will round-up the varied facilities currently dispersed around the capital like Voltron to become Europe’s largest law courts complex. The 525-foot-high by 115-foot-wide tower building is composed of four stacked superimposed volumes of decreasing size — similar to that of a staircase — that are carefully planned and designed for the best and efficient ease of use. The tiered level system (with each tier containing about ten stories) also allows large roof terraces that will be landscaped and planted with some 500 trees. This would soften the building’s sharp glass motif to create more comfortable spaces for solitary and group activities.
XTU Architects, BPD Marignan, SNI Group and MU Architecture won the Réinventer.Paris competition for Paris Rive Gauche site M5A2. The winning project, called In Vivo, seeks to promote “social mix and openness between citizens and [integrate] nature into cities, to achieve a fairer, more sustainable, and resilient city.” This is being done by erecting four buildings; three for humans, and one for raising earthworms for the purpose of vermicomposting the inhabitants’ organic waste. Continue reading “XTU Architects’ “In Vivo” Green Project was a Winner of the Réinventer.Paris Competition”
The City of Paris has approved to move forward with the construction of its first tower in over 40 years. The city council recently agreed to allow the construction of Herzog & de Meuron’s 180-meter-tall “Triangle Tower” — also known as the “Tour Triangle” — after originally rejecting the proposal in 2014. The controversial plans for the skyscraper have been the center of an intense debate since its first unveiling in 2008 on the basis of whether or not Paris should preserve its 19-century-era skyline. Continue reading “Herzog & de Meuron’s “Triangle Tower” Receives Approval from Paris”