The Reinvent Paris competition asks architects to reimagine 23 unused old buildings and empty spaces in the city centre. Here, a series of individual organic pods pop up from an interconnected latticework of thoroughfares in Planning Korea’s design called L’air Nouveau de Paris. (Planning Korea Architects)
…… “The City of Paris will benefit from these world-class urban revitalization concepts,” said Thomas Won, the South Korean firm’s director.
Planning Korea’s striking design L’air Nouveau de Paris features a series of individual organic pods springing from an interconnected latticework of thoroughfares that hang above a section of highway. Inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s avant-garde sculpture Air de Paris, each pod will contain office space, retail or residences.
Mr. Won said the firm chose the space over the Boulevard Périphérique in the heart of Porte Maillot for its strategic position between the central business district of Paris, known at the CBD, and the La Défense district in the west where new office buildings have sprung up.
Paris in the 21st century is gaining a diverse population, and “the city needs to accept this complex identity and become a space that reveals this,” Mr. Won said. The hope is, Mr. Missika adds, that the project will attract even more people to the city……
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