Tiny apartment in Paris made liveable

At the time of Haussmann’s big transformations of Paris, it was common to have domestics. Most of the time women, in french bonnes, they were sleeping under the roof in tiny rooms, between 8 to 11 sqm, having mutual toilets in the narrow corridor. This video is showing an example of how a former chambre de…

Fünf Höfe – Five Courtyards for the Munich City Centre

Close to Marienplatz, in the heart of Munich, a historical and traditional street block was transformed into a new city space. Retaining largely the overall structure and the street façades, the intervention designed by Herzog & de Meuron took advantage of the existing buildings to create unexpectedly singular spaces. The city block was carefully opened…

Movies for Architects: “The 5th element”

Hello and welcome to our new series “Movies for Architects”! In this series, we will advise you, young Architects, some movies you have to watch! Second episode: The 5th element, a movie directed by Luc Besson in 1997 with some well designed futuristic buildings (and very nice outfits also, designed by Jean Paul Gaultier). The…

Harbin Cultural Island

An atoll for culture. Surrounded by wetlands of the Songhua River, Harbin Cultural Island is the leading container buildings of the Grand Theatre and the Recreation Center Harbin, artificial plan which endorses natural geography mimicking the natural shape of the coast of the river located off the island.