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Architecture of Paris

25 November 2009

1923 – Samaritaine Department Store, Paris

Architect: Franz Jourdain & Henri Sauvage A magnificent department store on the banks of the Seine that includes several buildings on a couple of streets. A richly decorated cast iron interior with many...

19 May 2010

1929 – Villa Savoye, Poissy, France

Architect: Le Corbusier Situated at Poissy, outside of Paris, the Villa Savoye is one of the most recognisable architectural icons of the International Style. The Villa Savoye was designed as a weekend country...

25 November 2009

1932 – Etam Department Store, Paris

Architect: Franz Jourdain & Henri Sauvage A very interesting building on a narrow site, this small department store has Art Nouveau motifs and a fine original glazed canopy.

01 December 2009

1977 – Centre Pompidou, Paris

Architect: Richard Rogers & Renzo Piano The design for the Centre Nationale d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou was selected after a competition in 1971. The winners were the young practice of, and...

01 December 2009

1987 – Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris

Architect: Jean Nouvel Built as a cultural centre for the Arab world, the Institut du Monde Arabe consists of two main blocks. The curved building faces the river and has engraved outlines of...

25 November 2009

1989 – Opéra de la Bastille, Paris

Architect: Carlos Ott The result of a gigantic international competition, this building is one of the more maligned of the Grands Projets (Mitterrand’s 15 billion franc program to provide a series of modern...

01 December 2009

Palais du Louvre, Paris

A castle was built here around 1190 as a stronghold on the river bank, and in 1370 this castle was converted into a Palace on the orders of King Charles V. This was...