Wednesday, July 11, 2007

And the Winner Is...

At the Pavillon de l'Arsenal tonight the judges announced the winning design for the Concours International pour la Renovation des Halles. The laureats were Patrick Berger & Jacques Anziutti.

The ten top entries were on display.

(Is it just me or does this Berger/Anziutti tarpaulin design look like a giant raie, a skatefish?) The Maire Adjoint who gave the speech said, "...this is unlike anything else in Paris." Well, yes. (Click on the image to enlarge.)

The Pavillon is the Centre d'information, de documentation et d'exposition d'urbanisme et d'architecture for the City of Paris. A good place to visit if you are even vaguely interested in the urban planning in Paris' neighborhoods.

Plus there are some great architectural maquettes on display. While many of the video presentations were quite striking in their graphic design, I found that they flashed images so quickly it was hard to get a grip on the actual plan. Nevertheless, an intriguing exhibit center. Quirky, fun boutique.

Pavillon de l'Arsenal
21 bd. Morland

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