“Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894-1978). A singular voice of the modern architecture” at Citè de l’Architecture

May 20, 2018

Georges-Henri Pingusson has marked, by his architecture and his words, generations of architects. His work, as remarkable as it is, can not suffice to express what the legacy of this independent, humanist, charismatic figure of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts mean for the history of Architecture.

 

"Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894-1978). A singular voice of the modern architecture" © Georges-Henri Pingusson

“Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894-1978). A singular voice of the modern architecture” © Georges-Henri Pingusson

 

Close to Robert Mallet-Stevens, Jean Prouvé and Le Corbusier, Georges-Henri Pingusson is nevertheless one of the last figures of the modern French movement. Architect with two masterpieces (the Latitude 43 hotel in Saint-Tropez and the Memorial of the martyrs of the deportation in Paris), he crossed the twentieth century and produced many projects and achievements, marked by a total of artistic commitment and a sensible approach to space. (more…)

“Dominique Perrault -The Bibliothèque nationale de France. Portrait of a project 1988 – 1998″ at BnF

April 9, 2018

The Bibliothèque nationale de France has given its architect Dominique Perrault ‘carte blanche’ to develop an exhibition dedicated to the building he designed in 1989 : with an original ‘mise en abyme’, a large-scale scenography presents the story of the conception and construction of the BnF, one of the most important contemporary public buildings in France.

 

Dominique Perrault -The Bibliothèque nationale de France  © Dominique Perrault Architecte

Dominique Perrault -The Bibliothèque nationale de France © Dominique Perrault Architecte

 

“I wish to be launched the construction and fitting-out of the – or one of the – biggest libraries in the world, of a completely new type.” announced François Mitterrand, the then President of the French Republic on July 14th 1988. In 1989, architect Dominique Perrault, aged only 36, was the winner of the international competition. After the Grand Louvre, the Opéra Bastille or the Institut du monde arabe, this new project located outside of Paris historical districts completed the policy of large public works projects led during the two seven-year terms of François Mitterrand. The architect’s mission was to create ‘a symbolic place for Paris and a library for France’, a place open to all, which is both a public area for passing through and the beginning of an initiatory journey. (more…)

“Habiter Mieux Habiter Plus” exhibition at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

April 7, 2018

The exhibition “Habiter Mieux Habiter Plus” wishes to bring these issues to the spotlight by presenting models, films, interviews, prototypes, perspectives and plans of some 60 architectures classified according to the questions they raise. Where to build the Paris housing of tomorrow?

 

"Habiter Mieux Habiter Plus" © Antoine Espinasseau

“Habiter Mieux Habiter Plus” © Antoine Espinasseau

 

Today, new housing architectures is being invented in Paris. These fair collective buildings delivered or still in projects explore new urban situations and question the traditional forms of housing or their manufacture. Some are experimenting with carbon-free construction strategies, others anticipate tomorrow’s lifestyles or question the very notion of ownership. (more…)

“Junya Ishigami, Freeing Architecture” at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain

April 4, 2018

Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain presents the first major solo exhibition devoted to the work of Junya Ishigami. An important and singular figure of Japan’s young architecture scene, Ishigami—winner of the Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2010—is the creator of a conceptual and poetic body of work in which the landscape occupies an important place.

 

Photograph of House and Restaurant physical model ©junya.ishigami+associates

Photograph of House and Restaurant physical model ©junya.ishigami+associates

 

From March 30 to June 10, 2018, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain presents Freeing Architecture, the first major solo exhibition devoted to the work of Junya Ishigami. An important and singular figure of Japan’s young architecture scene, Ishigami—winner of the Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2010—is the creator of a conceptual and poetic body of work in which the landscape occupies an important place. For the exhibition Freeing Architecture, conceived specifically for the Fondation Cartier, Ishigami re- veals twenty of his architectural projects in Asia and in Europe. These projects will be presented through a series of large-scale models, accompanied by films and drawings, which document their different stages of conception and construction. In dialogue with Jean Nouvel’s iconic building, this event is also the first large-scale solo-show that the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain has devoted to an architect. (more…)

“Fingerprints” exhibition by Rossetti + Wyss Architekten at la Galerie d’Architecture

December 16, 2017

La Galerie d’Architecture presents the exhibition on the Swiss architects featuring photos, drawings and physical models of their recent work. Rossetti + Wyss was founded by Nathalie Rossetti and Mark Aurel Wyss in January 2000. The agency works on architectural and urban projects, and at different scales ranging from the city to the object design.

 

TRUBLERHÜTTE - 2008 © Jürg Zimmermann, Zürich - Suisse

TRUBLERHÜTTE – 2008 © Jürg Zimmermann, Zürich – Suisse

 

Simplicity is never vapid. Reduction is the path to clarity and precision. A constant process of weighing and choosing between different elements produces spatial and structural solutions. The result is a formal, simple language, full of experiences and spatial successions. Restraint is the watchword. (more…)

“Globes. Architecture and science explore the world” exhibition at Citè de l’Architecture

December 6, 2017

The exhibition focus on how architects have participated, alongside geographers, astronomers, mathematicians, artists… to discover the Globe and the cosmos, as well as their representation. And how, in return, this major discovery has haunted and still haunts architecture, from Adam Olearius (xvııe) to Rem Koolhaas to Buckminster Fuller.

 

National Monument to Newton à Londres, Thomas Ennis Steele, 1829-1834 Image 3D : © Guillaume Coupez / Graphisme affiche : © agent M

National Monument to Newton à Londres, Thomas Ennis Steele, 1829-1834 Image 3D : © Guillaume Coupez / Graphisme affiche : © agent M

 

This is the architecture presented in a very beautiful posture: a knowledge and a trade at the crossroads of arts and sciences. “Globes. Architecture and science explore the world” shows how architects were actors in the discovery of the world, bearers of universal aspirations, designers of monuments of knowledge. How they invented the first observatories or planetariums, adjusting their knowledge to that of scientists to meet a constructive challenge: to build large spherical volumes. In 90 major pieces, the exhibition tells the epic of spectacular buildings, carrying a humanist project of conquest and transmission of knowledge, and the adventures of architects with an exceptional destiny, in turn companions of scientists, utopians to their account, as CN Ledoux, directors of the Power as also sometimes inventors-jugglers of the Universal Expositions. (more…)

“An architecture of dialogue” exhibition by Atelier Arcau

November 15, 2017

In its forthcoming exhibition at Paris’ galerie d’architecture, atelier arcau will present its architectural philosophy and its approach centered round openness and dialogue. The exhibition, from November 2 to December 2, 2017, will explore the firm’s DNA through three sections highlighting major landmarks in the firm’s evolution, exploring both its history and what it could become tomorrow.

 

Immeuble Steelband, Vannes © Hervé Le Reste

Immeuble Steelband, Vannes © Hervé Le Reste

 

French architecture firm atelier arcau was founded in Vannes, on the shores of the Gulf of Morbihan, in 1979. Now one of the largest architecture firms on France’s Atlantic coast, atelier arcau’s attachment to its native Brittany has helped give it the strength to pursue its creative freedom. Run by architects Julien Veyron, Xavier Fraud and Marc Monnier, atelier arcau’s mission is to create unique spaces which are both modern and in harmony with their setting and the local culture. (more…)

“Réinventer Paris” exhibition within Tandem Paris-Madrid events

October 25, 2017

How will Paris be in the next decades? The exhibition “Reinventer Paris” (Reinventing Paris) showcases 23 winning designs, 74 finalists and all 358 entries submitted by multidisciplinary teams – formed by architects, urban designers, engineers, farmers, young entrepreneurs, philosophers, and artists – who entered an innovative urban design competition organized by the Municipality of Paris.

 

Sou Fujimoto Architects “Reinventing Paris” site winning project © Sou Fujimoto Architects

Sou Fujimoto Architects “Reinventing Paris” site winning project © Sou Fujimoto Architects

 

The 23 sites, many of them emblematic of Paris’ history, are located in nine of Paris’ twenty arrondissements and they are all very different in terms of their layout and characteristics, thereby enabling a multitude of possible responses from candidates.

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“Galerie Party” installation by Studio GGSV at Centre Pompidou

September 9, 2017

This artistic fiction has been dreamed up Studio GGSV, Gaëlle Gabillet and Stéphane Villard. In the heart of a fantastical garden, R & R take the children on an exploration of an eccentric house. Throughout the year, they choose various artists to transform this unusual house at the crossroads of the visual arts, architecture and design.

 

Gaëlle Gabillet & Stéphane Villard, Studio GGSV, Galerie Party, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2017  © Studio GGSV

Gaëlle Gabillet & Stéphane Villard, Studio GGSV, Galerie Party, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2017 © Studio GGSV

A workshop exhibition with Studio GGSV for children aged 4 and up. Since the creation of the Centre Pompidou, two little characters have lived in hiding in its pipes. R & R know the place by heart: they observe the visitors, play with the artists and sometimes have fun with the works. To celebrate the Centre Pompidou’s 40th anniversary, they invite children and their parents to explore the Galerie des Enfants: a place full of surprises! This artistic fiction has been dreamed up Studio GGSV, Gaëlle Gabillet and Stéphane Villard. In the heart of a fantastical garden, R & R take the children on an exploration of an eccentric house. Throughout the year, they choose various artists to transform this unusual house at the crossroads of the visual arts, architecture and design. (more…)

‘Japanese architectures in Paris 1867-2017′ at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

June 28, 2017

Through seventy emblematic projects, the exhibition “Japanese Architecture in Paris, 1867-2017” explores the history and present of the Grand Paris project through the prism of a dialogue between two cultures that began 150 years ago.

 

64, rue Pierre-Rebière, Paris. Atelier Bow Wow,  Brunnquell & André, architectes. Paris Habitat-Oph, work management 2006-2012©David Boureau

64, rue Pierre-Rebière, Paris. Atelier Bow Wow, Brunnquell & André, architectes. Paris Habitat-Oph, work management 2006-2012 © David Boureau

 

Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris has just inaugurated its latest exhibition on Japanese architecture, this time focusing on the influence and works of Japanese architects in the city of Paris. Featuring both built and unbuilt projects, the exhibition displays photographs, drawing, renderings and a comprehensive selection of models in order to draw the picture of 150 years of cultural exchange.

The exhibition’s opening was highlighted by the presence of many of the protagonist contemporary artists themselves, such as Shigeru Ban, Sou Fujimoto, Tadao Ando and Kazuyo Sejima.  (more…)