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* Architecture: EP7 Restaurant by Stephane Malka

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 30 May 2013

EP7 Restaurant by Stephane Malka

Architecture: EP7 Restaurant by Stephane Malka: “..french architect and former graffiti artist stephane malka has designed a guinguette typology for paris that synthesizes the mythical dimensions of nature with the ceaseless growth of the urban environment. his EP7 restaurant uses an accretion of raw wood, primed for the organic growth of plant life, to created a lively skin for an urban recreation space. the architect began his career as artistic agent of the urban landscape, using the massive planes of the city to understand the communicative power of the built form. the architecture, in this case, references land art and ties in the intertwined masses of metropolitan paris with the teeming life of the forest. free walls and vegetation arise from the delicately sectioned modules of square timber while expanses of glazing challenge the pixelated envelope..”  Interesting facade..

image: courtesy of stephane malka; article: Designboom

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* Residential Architecture: Basket Apartments in Paris by OFIS Architects

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 11 October 2012

Residential Architecture: Basket Apartments in Paris by OFIS Architects: “..Urban plan conditions: The project is located on a long and very narrow site, on the edge of Parc La Vilette in Paris’s 19th district, within an urban development done by Reichen & Robert architects. On the northeast, new Paris tram route is passing along the site. The site is bordering with tram garage on the southwest, above which is a football field. The first 3 floors of the housing will inevitably share the wall with the tram garage..Site plan conditions: The parcel has a very particular configuration; 11m in width and extending approximately 200m north-south. This foreshadows the importance of processing the eastern facade overlooking the extension of the street Des Petits Ponts which hosts the tram and both cyclist and pedestrian walkways..New Plot: The long volume of the building is divided into two parts connected with a narrow bridge. Between two volumes there is a garden. The building has 11 floors: a technical space in the basement, shared programs in the ground floor, and student apartments in the upper nine floors. The layout is very rational and modular..Program – student dormitory with 192 studios: The major objective of the project was to provide students with a healthy environment for studying, learning and meeting. Along the length of the football field is an open corridor and gallery that overlooks the field and creates a view to the city and the Eiffel tower. This gallery is an access to the apartments providing students with a common place. All the studios are the same size and contain the same elements to optimize design and construction: an entrance, bathroom, wardrobe, kitchenette, working space and a bed. Each apartment has a balcony overlooking the street..Design concept: Narrow length of the plot with 10 floors gives to site a significant presence. Each volume contains two different faces according to the function and program: The elevation towards the street des Petits Ponts contains studio balconies-baskets of different sizes made from HPL timber stripes. They are randomly oriented to diversify the views and rhythm of the façade. Shifted baskets create a dynamic surface while also breaking down the scale and proportion of the building. The elevation towards the football field has an open passage walkway with studio entrances enclosed with a 3D metal mesh. Both volumes are connected on the first floor with a narrow bridge which is also an open common space for students..Sustainable efficiency: The building is energy efficient to accommodate the desires of Paris’ sustainable development efforts. The Plan Climates goal is that future housing will consume 50KW-h.m.² or less. The objectives of energy performance and the construction timetable were met by focusing on a simple, well insulated and ventilated object that functions at its best year round. Accommodations are cross ventilating and allow abundant day lighting throughout the apartment. External corridors and glass staircases also promote natural lighting in the common circulation, affording energy while also creating comfortable and well lit social spaces. The building is insulated from the outside with an insulation thickness of 20 cm. Thermal bridge breakers are used on corridor floors and balconies to avoid thermal bridges. Ventilation is controlled by double flow mechanical ventilation, providing clean air in every apartment with an optimum temperature throughout the year. The incoming air also reuses heat from the exhaust air. The roof is covered with 300m² of photovoltaic panels to generate electricity. Rainwater is harvested on site in a basin pool used for watering outdoor green spaces..”  Interesting facades; energy efficiency..

See our post on another apartment building by OFIS Architects: Residential Architecture: Baroque Court Apartments by OFIS Architects.

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image: © Tomaz Gregoric; article: Cifuentes , Fabian . “Basket Apartments in Paris / OFIS architects” 09 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. <;

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* Architecture: Reinier de Graaf of OMA presents “architecture with a social conscience”

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 13 September 2012

Architecture: Reinier de Graaf of OMA presents “architecture with a social conscience”: “..Reinier de Graaf of OMA talks to Dezeen about ”architecture with a degree of social conscience” by anonymous local authority architects in France and Italy in the second of three movies we filmed at the firm’s Public Works exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012..The exhibition features a selection of “masterpieces by bureaucrats” and includes three public buildings commissioned by communist-run mayors in the municipalities surrounding Paris in the 1960s and 70s. De Graaf explains how the construction of the Centre Administratif by Jacques Kalisz, the Hotel de Perfecture du Val-D’Oise by Henry Bernard and the Montreuil Zone Industrielle Nord by Claude Le Goas each made a deliberate statement against the monumental architecture promoted after the war by Charles de Gaulle and Georges Pompidou..By contrast, de Graaf also presents the San Giovanni Bono Church, which was designed by Arrigo Arrighetti at a housing estate in Milan on behalf of a democratic Christian government. He discusses how the building was constructed as a gift that would keep the population happy and prevent the communists gaining favour..“What you see as a communist endeavour in Paris you can actually see as a more right wing endeavour in Milan,” says de Graaf. “The outcome is suspiciously close because they both try to court the same masses.”..

image, video + article: Dezeen

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* Design: Dezeen’s top ten products at Maison & Objet

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Design: Dezeen’s top ten products at Maison & Objet: “ Maison & Objet in Paris this week and we have selected our top ten products exhibited at the design and interiors trade fair, including shelves that look like sheets of paper caught in the wind by Japanese studio YOY..Other new product launches include Doreen Westphal‘s concrete egg cup with a strong magnet inside so a spoon can be balanced on its tip (image 2) and trays by Donna Wilson for SCP in a new geometric pattern called Fort..New lighting includes Hulger‘s mini version of its award-winning Plumen 001 designer light bulb .., London designer Nick Fraser shows terracotta pendants based on his faceted plant potsand cage-like lamp shades filled with ornamental birds are on show at the Challieres coloured editions of the concrete Weight Vases by Decha ArchjananunSamuel Wilkinson‘s Hoof table with sharpened legs (above), the circular Fading Mirror by Thomas Eurlings with a soft-focus reflection (image 9) and a wooden rocking chair that Pierre Fauvresse has added to his Perch collection..Maison & Objet is a biannual design and interiors fair that opened on 7 September at Paris Nord Villepinte as part of Paris Design Week and concludes today..”  Inspiring, encouraging, serious, frivolous, boring?? (article contains a 10-image slideshow)..

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