5 striking contemporary buildings Paris

IMMEUBLE MOUCHOTTE

26 rue du Commandant René
Mouchotte
A 14 – Saint-Germain-des-
Prés & Montparnasse
(lb)

The façade of this building was inspired by the weave of a Scottish fabric. Designed by the architect Jean Dubuisson this building is associated with the Parisian intelligentsia of the Seventies. It is nicknamed ‘the village’ because of its active tenants’ association. Every year in June they organise la fête Mouchotte on the ground floor level.

FONDATION CARTIER

261 boulevard Raspail
A 14 – Saint-Germaindes-
Prés & Montparnasse (lb)
fondation.cartier.com

This steel and glass house, designed by Jean Nouvel and inaugurated in 1994, is home to one of the most important privately owned contemporary art foundations in Paris. The building sits in a lush garden. The most remarkable tree in the garden is a Lebanese cedar, which was planted by Chateaubriand in 1825. Above the main entrance is a green wall, which was created in 1998 by the botanist Patrick Blanc.

SIÈGE DU PARTI COMMUNISTE

2 place du Colonel Fabien
A 19 – Belleville &
surroundings

This flag-shaped building by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer dates from 1971. It is a metaphor for a classless society and was deliberately designed to avoid a hierarchy of spaces. From a structural perspective it is also quite revolutionary. Niemeyer for example worked with Jean Prouvé who designed the glass façade.

HÔTEL FOUQUET’S BARRIÈRE

46 avenue Georges V
A 8 – Arc de Triomphe,
Champs-Élysées &
Grands Boulevards (rb)

Edouard François’s concept consisted of replicating the authentic Haussman style of the neighbouring building block and using it like a bas-relief on the façades that needed to be renovated. There are large openings in the façade, which are not in any way determined by Haussman’s design but which are relevant to the subdivision of
the building and the rooms’ visual comfort. A hanging garden on the first floor provides an enchanting scenic detail.

CITÉ DE LA MODE ET DU DESIGN

34 quai d’Austerlitz
A 13 – Quartier Latin (lb)
www.citemodedesign.fr

These old warehouses, which resemble a concrete barge that has moored for posterity along quai d’Austerlitz, were home to underground Paris in the Eighties. In 2008 the architects Jakob + MacFarlane designed a ‘plug-over’, changing the building’s appearance and shape with a light structure made of etched glass. Nowadays the  docks are a popular meeting place, with exhibition spaces, stores, cafés, a club…

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