My Gay Paris had selected for you : Big plans to change the city of Paris – Part 1

Louis Vuitton Foundation

Fondation Louis Vuitton2

The Louis Vuitton Foundation building designed by architect Frank Gehry will house a space dedicated to creativity and contemporary art from the 20th and 21st centuries.

The unique, transparent design, which has won unanimous praise, takes the shape of a boat or a cloud, measuring roughly 40 x 150 metres of unstructured curves mostly clad in glass.


Fondation Louis Vuitton

Paris Philharmonic Orchesta

Philharmonie de Paris : vue depuis le périphér

In the heart of the parc de la Villette at the porte de Pantin, a new venue is currently under construction which will house the largest dedicated auditorium in France and become the permanent home of the Paris Philharmonic Orchestra.  The new building by Jean Nouvel seeks to breathe new life into the city’s 19th arrondissement and to allow it to compete with London and Berlin on the classical music scene–and is a major new piece of modern architecture to boot.

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Refurbishment of Les Halles

Les Halles

With its pokey corridors and creaking infrastructure, the previous shopping centre at Les Halles certainly needed a makeover.  At the end of this year, work to build a new canopy over the space and renovate the metro station underneath the shopping centre will finally be complete in time for an opening in early 2014.  The canopy, named after the highest part of a forest, is a huge glass roof which seems to float over the new shopping centre, allowing natural light to filter into the redesigned spaces below.

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The Duo Towers

Tours Duo

Two new skyscrapers are the latest addition to plans for the city’s Left Bank, where Jean Nouvel is hoping to build them in between the train tracks running out of the gare d’Austerlitz, the river Sein and the ring road at the very edge of the city.  Very little is known about the project for the time being, except the basic design which features two sloping, asymmetrical glass towers.

Tours Duo2

The Triangle Tower

Tour Triangle

One of the most controversial projects to have been approved during the mandate of Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë, the Triangle Tower will reach a maximum height of 180 metres in the Parc des Expositions at the porte de Versaille.  Backers Unibail-Rondamco have proposed a budget of €500 million for the Tower alone, which will be the centrepiece of an entirely redesigned exhibition and conference area.  The 42-story skyscraper, which will be one of the first in France to meet strict new environmental standards, and will be surrounded by pedestrian walkways, while inside it will have an atrium, a hotel, retail space and two viewing platforms overlooking the city.

La tour Triangle de Herzog et De Meuron

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