Learn all about BigMat’17 shortlisted projects for this year’s Architecture Award

July 27, 2017

Out of a total of almost nine hundred projects presented across the seven European countries taking part in the Award, 87 were shortlisted to participate in the online voting for the Public Prize. Learn more about the selected projects below!

 

BigMat International Architecture Award 2017 meeting room © photo: Pablo Tribello

BigMat International Architecture Award 2017 meeting room © photo: Pablo Tribello

 

Out of a total of almost nine hundred projects presented across the seven European countries taking part in the Award (Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Portugal), the panel of judges chaired by Jesús Aparicio and comprising Xaveer de Geyter (Belgium), Henrieta Moravčíková (Czech Republic + Slovakia), Marc Barani (France), Francesco Isidori (Italy), Paulo David (Portugal + Spain), and awards secretary Jesús Donaire, singled out 87  projects to be shortlisted.  (more…)

Inauguration of the Martell Pavillon by SelgasCano

July 3, 2017

The first project in France by the duo of José Selgas and Lucìa Cano, this exterior pavilion is comprised of modules constructed from hi-tech materials, which will house specific activities prefiguring the Foundation’s future schedule of events.

 

SelgasCano, Pavillon Martell, Fondation d’entreprise Martell, Cognac, 2017 ©  selgascano + fondation d’entreprise martell

SelgasCano, Pavillon Martell, Fondation d’entreprise Martell, Cognac, 2017 © selgascano + fondation d’entreprise martell

 

True to their aesthetic of transparency and openness to the outside world, SelgasCano constructed the pavilion from a metal framework covered by a translucent material developed by French brand Onduline. Strong and watertight, the material is permeated by a soft, changing light which creates intriguing iridescent effects. In 2018, the pavilion will be dismantled and rebuilt elsewhere in order to give it a second life.  (more…)

“Mégastructures” exhibition, celebrating Centre Pompidou’s 40th anniversary

April 8, 2017

In 2017, the Centre Pompidou is celebrating its 40th anniversary all over France. A completely new programme of exhibitions, exceptional loans, and events throughout the year will be presented to share this celebration with as many people as possible.

 

Jacques Rougerie - Village sous-marin, 1973 © Jacques Rougerie architecte

Jacques Rougerie – Village sous-marin, 1973 © Jacques Rougerie architecte

 

Exhibitions, shows and get-togethers will be presented in forty French cities, in partnership with a museum, a contemporary art centre, a theatre or a festival. On this occasion, Le Lieu unique and the Center Pompidou designed Megastructures, a new look on more than sixty years of architecture. (more…)

Jean-Christophe Quinton exhibition at La Galerie d’Architecture

March 25, 2017

The exhibition, entitled “Vers l’immédiate étrangeté des formes” (Towards the immediate strangeness of forms) shares his architectural projects culture from the last fifteen years of architectural experimentation within Jean-Christophe Quinton’s office.

 

"Vers l’immédiate étrangeté des formes" © Jean-Christophe Quinton Architecte

“Vers l’immédiate étrangeté des formes” © Jean-Christophe Quinton Architecte

 

Every architect develops a unique culture, the product of the tension between a general culture shared by all architects and a project culture specific to each. The project culture’s most important effect is to liberate the architect from set expressions, from stereotypical and conventional thought, and thereby open the way for a personal approach to design. The project culture shapes this approach, provides a bulwark against preconceptions, against modish influences, and allows the architect to develop his or her conceptual independence and a personal set of tools. (more…)

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” by Dominic Perrault Architecture

February 14, 2017

Discover the exhibition on the proposals from the “Île de la Cité” project report by the French architect and former member of the jury for the BigMat International Architecture Award.

 

"Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart" © Dominic Perrault Architecture

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” © Dominic Perrault Architecture

 

What is the future of the Île de la Cité? La Conciergerie will host the panels showing the 35 proposals included in the report made by Philippe Belaval, President of the French National Monuments Center and architect Dominique Perrault, which was handed in to Mr. François Hollande, President of France. The report, named “Mission Île de la Citè”, present s a possible future for the city island by 2040.


 

Practical information

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart”
February 15- April 17, 2017
La Conciergerie
2 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris
France

 


In the heart of the Île de la Cité, the Conciergerie’s Hall of Gens d’Armes welcomes 20 backlit, large-format panels presenting the project, its objectives and its proposals. Between the century-old columns of this magnificent Gothic hall, maps, projections and videos will allow visitors to immerse themselves in what could be the Island of the City by 2040.

 

"Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart" © Dominic Perrault Architecture

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” © Dominic Perrault Architecture

"Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart" © Dominic Perrault Architecture

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” © Dominic Perrault Architecture

 

Some of the proposals that have been developed and illustrated by the team are the redesign of the central square of Lutèce, the reunification of the Sainte-Chapelle and the Conciergerie in a unique space, a landscaped promenade to the South of the Island, an embankment area serving the square of Notre-Dame de Paris and a series of  covered boardwalks.

 

"Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart" © Dominic Perrault Architecture

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” © Dominic Perrault Architecture

"Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart" © Dominic Perrault Architecture

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” © Dominic Perrault Architecture

 

A brochure was created specifically for the exhibition in order to accompany the visitor in his discovery of the proposals, allowing him or her to discover more about the contents displayed. “Mission Île de la Cité”, a smartphone app which can be downloaded free of charge, also offers to extend the exhibition’s scope by walking through the Île de la Cité.

Thanks to the creation of virtual models, accessible through 360 ° augmented reality views in a dozen points of the island, the public will be able to imagine themselves on the Island in 2040.

 

"Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart" © Dominic Perrault Architecture

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” © Dominic Perrault Architecture

"Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart" © Dominic Perrault Architecture

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” © Dominic Perrault Architecture

 

Finally, the public will also have the opportunity to contribute to the reflection on the Future of the Island through an interactive system.

The exhibition “Mission Island of the City, the heart of the heart” will be open to the public, with free admission from February 15 to 19 and March 5. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, until 17 April, the entry fee for the Conciergerie will be free of charge.

 

"Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart" © Dominic Perrault Architecture

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” © Dominic Perrault Architecture

 

Located in the very heart of Paris, the Île de la Cité is one of the most iconic and renowned places of the capital, a showcase of its historic layers built over centuries. Yet its current urban condition could hardly be considered as satisfactory. Limited by poor touristic facilities and pedestrian planning, foreigners often visit Notre Dame in a hurry while Parisians simply prefer to avoid the place. With the upcoming relocation of several major institutions located on the Île de la Cité, namely the Paris Court of Justice and the Police headquarters for which new buildings are under construction in the north of Paris, now is the time to think and imagine better urban qualities for this UNESCO-listed heritage site.

In December 2015, the French President François Hollande decided to address this challenge by entrusting Dominique Perrault, architect and urbanist, along with Philippe Bélaval, President of the French Center for National Monuments, to carry out a prospective study on the future of the Île de la Cité over the next 25 years.

The report was presented by Philippe Bélaval and Dominique Perrault to French President François Hollande, in attendance of French Minister of Home Affairs Bruno Le Roux, French Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay and Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo.


 

News source: Mission Île de la Cité
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Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville in Caen by OMA, “a new civic center” for the city

February 11, 2017

Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville is a public library for the metropolitan region Caen la Mer in Normandy, France. The 12,000 m2 multimedia library is located at the tip of the peninsula that extends out from the city of Caen to the English Channel.

 

Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville, photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti © OMA

Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville, photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti © OMA

 

Its key position – between the city’s historic core and an area of Caen that is being developed – supports the city’s ambition for the library to become a new civic center. The library’s glass facade visually connects the adjacent park, pedestrian pathway and waterfront plaza to the interior and together with two large ground floor entrances at both sides of the building, enables a fluid interaction of the library with its surroundings. On the upper floors, the urban belvedere provides unobstructed views in all four directions. (more…)

“Let’s go to the beach!” seaside resorts from the 18th century to present day

November 14, 2016

The exhibition presents the architecture and town planning uniqueness of seashores in France from the 18th century to the beginning of the 21st century, compared to many other examples in other countries.

 

Cabine-royale-Saint-Sébastien-© George-Eastman-Museum

Cabine royale Saint Sébastien © George Eastman Museum

 

It also recounts the society evolution and its relationship with the coasts through different cult items. First considered as a hostile, even dangerous place, then as a place of leisure, before becoming thedestination of choice for mass tourism. (more…)

“Everything architecture” exhibition by OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen

November 6, 2016

Arc en rêve presents “everything architecture”, an exhibition devoted to the internationally acclaimed architecture firm OFFICE. The exhibition showcases the work of a studio whose radical, minimalist approach truly sets it apart.

 

Solo House © OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen

Solo House © OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen

 

It consists of a series of models, perspective views and collages arranged alongside artists’ drawings, paintings and photographs in the main gallery at arc en rêve, reflecting a way of conceiving architecture that excels in paradoxical situations by playing with the tense relationship between contradiction and perfection. (more…)

Architectural nomadism on focus at “Partir” exhibition

October 13, 2016

This year’s FRAC Centre-Val de Loire’s “Rendez-vous de l’histoire” (“History meetings”) has been organized in collaboration with CAUE Loir-et-Cher at a very special venue: the Blois Royal Castle.

 

Yona Friedman, Ville spatiale, 1959 Collection Frac Centre, Orléans - Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans - Photo : François Lauginie

Yona Friedman, Ville spatiale, 1959 Collection Frac Centre, Orléans – Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans – Photo : François Lauginie

 

The 2016-2017 events programme opens with this new exhibition, “Partir” (“Leaving“), which brings together the works of many French architects that have questioned and observed mankind’s evolution towards nomadism from the 1950’s until now. (more…)

“Neocodomousse” exhibition by Raumlaborberlin at LiFE Saint-Nazaire

September 1, 2016

Raumlabor’s largest exhibition this year is an experimental building workshop in the former submarine base of St.Nazaire. In the exhibition the collective present their first 1:1 tryouts of structures for the future of collective housing. 

 

Exhibition view Raumlaborberlin, Neocodomousse, 2016 LiFE - Grand Café contemporary art centre, Saint-Nazaire France ©  Marc Domage

Exhibition view Raumlaborberlin, Neocodomousse, 2016 LiFE – Grand Café contemporary art centre, Saint-Nazaire France © Marc Domage

 

St. Nazaire is an industrial harbor town at the mouth of the Loire. It lives of the production of the largest passenger ships on earth, aeroplanes and fuel. Fuel is at its end and aeroplanes and cruiseships are among the greatest killers of our climate. Based on these three foundations the city is obviously an economic center of an ending era. What are the possible futures for such a place? Raumlabors proposal for St.Nazaire is to get a foot in the door of a new emerging market:  the production of collective space from industrial waste.  (more…)