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For the second edition of Chicago Architecture Biennial starting september 16 through january  7, 2018, french architect based in Los Angeles François Perrin propose Air Houses: Design for a New Climate’s project. Throughout most of human history, architecture has developed in response to nature. From the writings of Vitruvius in ancient Rome to the indigenous design practices documented in Bernard Rudofsky’s 1964 book and exhibition Architecture without Architects, civilizations have traditionally built sustainably, utilizing local materials and engineering techniques that work with—not against—landscape and climate. Lire la suite…



Ora Ito is responsible for the architectural and interior design of the new Yooma hotel concept with the complicity of Daniel Buren. Located on the Front de Seine with the Eiffel Tower very close by, the building, designed by Ora Ito and permeated by Daniel Buren, summarises the unique setting provided by this Parisian district with its twenty or so towers, typical of the seventies, extending over a paved area. A cinegenic landscape of aluminium and concrete (Wim Wenders, Henri Verneuil, Michel Gondry and Claude Lelouch filmed here), primary materials that the two creators have embraced in reconstructing this former office building at the invitation of Pierre Beckrich, the instigator of Yooma and a great admirer of Le Corbusier’s vision. Cité Radieuse designed like a vertical village is the link between the instigator/promoter and the designer. Yooma just like huma-nity, a neologism that summarises the hotel’s concept for communal living with a family-oriented and user-friendly response to Airbnb.


Ora Ito has added a floor to the existing structure and all one hundred and six rooms levitate over a fully glazed lobby. Timeless aluminium adds shape to and sheaths the building for it to blend harmoniously with the surroundings. Like something out of Transformers, this architecture, inspired by neighbouring structures, is ready to come to life and stretch its softly curved metal limbs.


Daniel Buren has projected a deep blue throughout the hotel following a specific framework. This injection of colour structures the building. Graphic brilliance lends rhythm to the lobby and corridors before demarcating the façade. Daniel Buren carves out the façade’s empty and full volumes with the blue colour and the iconic black and white stripes, providing the artist’s greatest permanent intervention in Paris since Palais-Royal.


With Yooma, Daniel Buren and Ora Ito have invented a vibrant architecture like the still frame of a transformation: the explosive renovation of the Front de Seine that began in 2005 will be complete when Yooma opens in 2017. Each creator expresses themselves in equal measure in this meaningful dialogue between art and architecture.


The bedrooms designed by Ora Ito respond to space, privacy and user-friendly requirements in this hotel for couples, families or groups of friends, at the best possible price. The designer offers a visual and sensual journey towards privacy in several stages. Exposed concrete guides the guests in the entrances and corridors to the rooms, like an architectural extension of the exterior. Once in the rooms, solid colours such as red, green, blue and yellow welcome visitors to the communal living area. This culminates in an ultimate degree of privacy: pods envisaged by the designer have wood-panelled ceilings like welcoming little cabins. These pods are mini-structures on a mezzanine that can be closed using sliding wall systems. Each one has a storage shelf, a lamp, two USB sockets and a traditional electric socket. They are connected yet private. Aficionados will recognise the spirit of Mondrian in the graphics, Charlotte Perriand’s functional precision and Ora Ito’s subtle and rational simple design features.


From a small bottle of perfume for Guerlain to the fairing of the Nice tramway, Ora Ïto imprints his signature futuristic vision on projects small and large. In 2013, he created the MAMO, a center for the arts on the roof-terrace of the mythical Cité Radieuse designed by Le Corbusier in Marseille. A space in the sky, historic and contemporary, with a 360° view that sums up his pas- sion for levitation and lightness. “Defying the laws of gravity creates sensations that go beyond aesthetics.” In this lo- cation he exhibits the greatest contemporary artists, from Xavier Veilhan to Jean-Pierre Raynaud. In 2016, five iconic pieces of his work came into the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou. A lover of contemporary art, he works in the tradition of Le Corbusier whom he greatly admires, always trying to purify his drawing to the maximum.


Known all over the world, the work of Daniel Buren, born in the Hauts de Seine in 1938, has made him the contemporary French artist who is both the most controversial and the most famous of our time. Through his installations in public areas, galleries or museums, he always offers viewers an opportunity to rediscover a place in a different way. His way. This “in situ” creator (he originated the use of this term in art) has been called upon for the greatest projects, from the Venice Biennale, where he won the Golden Lion in 1986 for the French Pavilion, to the Monumenta exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris in 2012. Buren was attracted by Yooma’s concept and so became involved for the first time with a work of this magnitude in a hospitality project.

106 rooms and a capacity to welcome 434 guests. At Yooma, 80% of the areas are equipped to host 4 to 6 people. This is an innovation in the capital. Although we haven’t forgotten young couples in love, with 30 double rooms available. Whether for solo or duo travelers, families or groups of friends, each room is equipped with free TV and high speed wifi. Each room has a bathroom with a rain- shower. The bedding is luxury hotel quality, the pillow- cases are embroidered. High-end hospitality for beautiful nights.



Diamond Residence designed by Bestor Architecture. Shot by Laure Joliet 2016

Mike D of the Beastie Boys enlisted architect Barbara Bestor to devise a haven that celebrates the best of California living. On a large, flat property in Point Dume with a lawn that stretches to a fruit orchard Mike D discovered ramshackle structures (a three-bedroom house with a few loosely connected guest cottages) in need of repair. His goal, rather than tear down the buildings, was to unite and logically connect what had become a hodgepodge of nondescript buildings. Lire la suite…

DomesticLandscape D.FAUSTINO © David Boureau 6971

With the project Domestic Landscape 2.0 by Didier Fiúza Faustino, KÖR Vienna is once again transforming Vienna’s Graben into an art space and meeting place. The installed urban furniture made of blue-painted steel invites those passing by to see this public space as open for their own personal use. Lire la suite…



For its second anniversary, Atelier Relief presents « Élévation », a dialogue of forms between 5 photographers from June 17th to November 11th 2017. A series of extreme-reliefs, photos of building facades, stairs, high-built motorways and flyovers, a look upon the soaring constructions of mankind, where the volume of reliefs echo the volume of the structures themselves. Lire la suite…



Bestor Architecture’s design for the new Silverlake Conservatory of Music at 4652 Hollywood Boulevard is a vibrant musical village enclosed within the shell of a classic and ubiquitous Hollywood bowstring truss warehouse. Lire la suite…

Since 2014, T&P Work UNit has applied a unique methodology to coordinate the
programming and artistic and operational management of BETC’s move to the Magasins généraux in Pantin. Today two new workspaces are up and running on the top two floors of the building, Le Garage and La Cantine, and a series of benches for pathways, cumulatively 1.8 km. Luis Laplace has been commissioned to assist Mercedes Era in developing a dining room. In September T&P Work UNit will deliver its new project: a micro-architecture called Mini-Skunk and the publication of two books on relationships between offices and design, one containing images and The Generic Office project, and the other historic and theoretical texts on this subject for businesses, students and researchers. Lire la suite…

Blackbirds BBA 5570

Blackbirds by Barbara Bestor is a cluster of 18 homes nestled in the bohemian hills of Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood. Blackbirds is a progressive design solution for high quality dense housing in a city with little available land. Lire la suite…


augmenting the invisible-jakob+macfarlane-cube

Jakob + MacFarlane presents 8 projects in augmented reality on the occasion of the exhibition ‘Augmenting the invisible’ at the Aedes Gallery in Berlin from the first of April until the 18th of May 2017. Augmented models are used by the studio to describe the process by which each project was conceived . To also experience these models, download the Jakob + MacFarlane (J+M) application on the app store (enter Jakob + MacFarlane in the search section). A preview is available on instagram, @jakobmacfarlane and on facebook page Jakobmacfarlane. A catalog ‘Augmenting the invisible’ is available which includes the markers needed to use the app. You can have a look to the video demo here .

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Les Turbulences FRAC Centre - (C) Jakob + Ma cFarlane -Nicolas Borel_copyright free

“Augmenting the invisible” presents the first monographic exhibition of Jakob + MacFarlane in Germany. The multidisciplinary and multicultural architecture studio, founded by Dominique Jakob and Brendan MacFarlane in 1997, is one of the most experimental offices operating based in Paris, France. Projects like ‘Frac’ in Orleans, Restaurant ‘Georges’ at Centre Pompidou, ‘Orange Cube’ and ‘Euronews Headquarters’ in Lyon or ‘Conservatoire de Musique et de Dance’ in Noisy le Sec are results of their unique mode of architectonic form-making, in which the firm developed, through exploration of digital technology – both as conceptual tool and as means of production – a distinctive, individualistic signature that simultaneously redefines local context. The studio’s approach is a permanent attempt to reinterpret the context of a project. Each of their interventions witnesses an extreme interest and research for the site in order to develop a richer project response. Through this process a meaning, sense and resonance to the work is given and at the same time it creates an architecture that is open to a changing and evolving world. Their projects are resulting from their unique design-approach to reinterpret the projects context, its gridlines, topologies or physical streams and transfer them into digital form where it can be manipulated. Thus, this piece of tangible becomes part of the original matrix of the project.

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