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A traveling hotel, capable of settling upon any natural site, be it at the foot of the slopes, by the beach or on location for a sporting event or a festival. Introduced in 2017, the Flying Nest, a nomadic concept hotel designed by Ora ïto for Accor, has been revolutionizing the codes of the hotel industry: the hotel now comes to you. Lire la suite…

 

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Taken by surprise during holidays on the Kennedy corniche in Marseille, the architect Pierre-Louis Leclercq (Leclercq Associés), started a shutdown Instagram diary @pilouleclercq_. Without computer, away from the office but facing the sea, he went for a slow and meticulous renovation of the former residence of famous French actor and singer Fernandel. « It’s an archaeologist task, I scratch the late 19th century ornements plasters in order to understand the methods and skills used by Les Compagnons (French organization of craftsmen and artisans dating from the Middle Ages). It’s like and antique car or and old ship, everything can be repair manually. The wood windows, the faience (/architectural ceramics / Glazed architectural terra-cotta), it’s not about changing everything but rather carefully replace, cherish. I tinker with what I have ; a tree branch to fix a broken board in a Hardwood floor, concrete block and earthenware tiles to design a bench, paint cans to refresh an old chair or an entire room and also this garden becoming a potager (/kitchen garden).

 

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“A space to live and move within the pine forest”. With this this 250m2 family home, the French architect Nicolas Dahan signs a see-through haven inviting the beauty of its surrounding environment inside, which is seamlessly built using expert wood engineering techniques. The floor and the ceiling mirror each other’s dimensions, breaking down all notions of hierarchy. Eyesight glides between pine trees and interior perspectives, feet wander with ease from the warm sand outside onto the supple okoume wood flooring indoors. Lire la suite…

 

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The history of La Grande-Motte mirrors the tale of the Ugly Duckling. For a long time decried as a symbol of the degradation of the French coastline, the seaside resort has transitioned from being labelled “la Grande Moche” (greatly unattractive) to “la Grande Mode” (greatly fashionable) in the space of 50 years. The brainchild of French architect Jean Balladur is now regarded as a model of success, laying the foundations for a future that goes beyond summer holidays and puts to question the widely proclaimed failure of the French ‘villes nouvelles’ (planned cities). French architecture agency Leclercq Associés is continuing this success story by taking on the extension of the resort, encompassing an enlarged pedestrian seawall, an extended harbour with a promenade and new family accommodations. Lire la suite…

 

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Behind its classic Parisian facade, the Enfants Riches Déprimés flagship store by Didier Faustino blurs the codes to offer a cold space, without affect. Inspired by the bunker and the bank vault, it is spread over two levels, all in lines, full and void, mixing marble and steel. Lire la suite…

 

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Observing Earth and its territories through a radically new architectural, sociological
and environmental lens, the architecture and urban design office TVK works upon projects varying greatly in scope and ambition. Currently, the office is in charge of thinking the public spaces of the future Grand Paris Express stations, of designing the Ilot fertile d’Éole, the largest group of solid stone buildings built in Paris since Haussman (19th district of Paris), and of the creation of the Media Village for the Paris Summer 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games. The founders, Pierre Alain Trévelo and Antoine Viger- Kohler, authors of the reconfiguration of the Place de la République in Paris and of the transformation of the E40 motorway into public space in Brussels, or even of the brand new housing and cultural centre of Batignolles in the 17th district of Paris, consistently enhance and add value where others cannot see it, or cannot see it yet. Lire la suite…

 

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Parisian precursor of the emerging “listening bar” culture, Jean Louis la Nuit offers a place where vinyl lovers can come together to listen to their favourite albums with high fidelity analogue sound. An out of the ordinary place for an extraordinary character; a platform dedicated to young creators of fashion, art and design. Shaped as a 70’s cave and open to all forms of experimentation, its visitors are submerged into a retro futuristic vibe, unlike any other in Paris. Lire la suite…

 

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French architects studio TVK & Tolila+Gilliland just unveiled a new cultural block in Paris (Clichy-Batignolles area) : Seven-theater cinema with cultural space, community center with concert space and dance studios, 342 residential units, a shared garden, bespoke artwork, and retail space.  Three residential buildings offering exceptional views of the great Parisian landscape anchor three corners of a mixed-use block. At the heart of the project is a cultural center for the new ZAC Clichy- Batignolles district in Paris’ 17th arrondissement: a seven-theatre cinema and a community center. These public volumes, anchored to the ground, give way to the public realm and are crowned with hanging gardens. Three residential blocks emerge from this base, climbing up to 50 meters. This simple distribution of masses effectively resolves the inscription of a complex program on a high-density site. Lire la suite…

 

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Didier Fiúza Faustino is awarded the Pierre Cardin prize, member of the Académie (free members section) for architecture. On Wednesday the 21stof November 2018, under the Cupola of the Palais de l’Institut de France, the Académie des beaux-arts announced this year’s laureates of prizes during the official annual ceremony. In 1993 Pierre Cardin, wishing to encourage artists and artistic creation, established five annual prizes awarded to a painter, a sculptor, an architect, an engraver and a composer, at the suggestion of each of the sections of the Académie. In 2018 the prizes were awarded to the painter Olympe Racana-Weiler, the sculptor Sara Favriau, the engraver Camille Oarda, the architect Dider Fiúza Faustino and to the composer Laurent Durupt. Lire la suite…

 

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Didier Fiúza Faustino will show “A Home is not a Hole, Monument to emptiness” at the Guggenheim Bilbao from the 5th of December 2018 until the 28th of April 2019 as part of the exhibition “Architecture effects”. Curated by Troy Conrad Therrien and Manuel Cirauqui, the exhibition presents an innovative look at the correlations and connections between art and architecture in the digital era. Lire la suite…