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REDESIGNING THE PARIS SKYLINE; A COMPETITION IS BEING LAUNCHED BY THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT TO DESIGN THE RECONSTRUCTION OF NOTRE DAME’S FAMOUS ROOF AND SPIRE.

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Opportunity often rises from disaster

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Opportunity often rises from disaster. For designers and architects rarely do any come as exciting and poignant as this one. Since the devastating fire at the Notre Dame, Paris this April, there has been controversy over the reconstruction of the cathedral’s roof and spire.

The French president Emmanuel Macron’s opinion lends to the side of a “contemporary gesture” however much of French feeling (around 55%) is that the spire should be rebuilt and restored in its original style; some politicians are requesting an exact replica.

Following the collapse of the 93 metre tall, lead-covered wooden spire by Eugene Viollet le Duc, the French Prime Minister Édouard Phillipe was quick to announce that there will be an international competition to design an appropriate way to restore the historic building.

The details of the competition are not yet public however many design studios have come forward with their proposals and made their plans known. It is said that Richard Rogers, one of the architects who designed the Pompidou Centre in Paris, is considering making a proposal once the details of the project are made official.

“This is obviously a huge challenge, an historic responsibility,” Mr. Philippe said. “The international competition will decide whether a spire should be rebuilt, (and) whether the spire designed and built by Viollet le Duc should be rebuilt in the same way, identically”. Alternatively, the cathedral could be given “a new spire, adapted to the techniques and challenges of our time,” he said after a government meeting dedicated to the reconstruction of the cathedral.

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There have been countless suggestions as to how the iconic landmark should look; some complimenting the medieval cathedral’s design, others an interesting juxtaposition of styles, there are also those which border on the absurd, even insulting, however there are some strong contenders which incorporate modernity alongside the antiquity of the original building. There have been dozens of proposals made by small architectural and design firms ranging from glass towers to beams of light striking towards the heavens.


Many of the designs seen so far have incorporated a natural element, such as a rooftop garden, greenhouses, and maintaining the bee hives which have traditionally lived at the cathedral and kept the poor in honey. Opening up the roof to create a public space is an idea which is attracting much attention.

The following are some of the submissions which may be considered by the French government for the future look of one of their most precious landmarks.

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A lecturer at the Moscow Architectural Institute, put forward this design noting that he envisages a structure resembling a diamond falling in line with many other designers for a glass-topped cathedral. Nerovnya’s concept features spire which closely resembles the original, as many other architects agree he feels this in an opportunity for progression rather than a time for replacing what was lost. “We know the Cathedral was built from the 12th to the 14th centuries. But we also know that some changes to the design were made in the 13th, 14th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Things change,” he recently wrote on Instagram. “Notre-Dame will never be the same, no matter how well it’s repaired. So why don’t we use all our knowledge and architectural achievement to make it better? When people come to see the Cathedral they will feel a powerful connection to the history seeing the ancient and the modern parts together.”

“Notre-Dame will never be the same, no matter how well it’s repaired. So why don’t we use all our knowledge and architectural achievement to make it better?

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Protecting our environment unites us all

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A director at a French landscape architecture firm, proposes to turn the cathedral’s roof into a garden with views across Paris with the view that protecting our environment unites us all; “In that way it is our one and only universal religion”, he claimed. He also stated that his design is “dedicated to all the species of animals and plants that we have been erasing off the planet”. Willemin commented that he believed it would be impossible for everyone to agree to a particular design, that a common consensus for this project would never happen in France, having received a mixed response to his suggestions.

V I Z U M A T E L I E R A design firm based in Slovakia, proposed a striking design that involves a spire of light firing out of the top of the cathedral and into the sky, describing it as a “lighthouse for lost souls,” Michal Kovac, an architect at the firm said. “It would achieve the aim of architects of cathedrals in Gothic times who aimed to touch heaven with their spires”, thus connecting heaven with earth, he added. You could argue this is the reason for Notre Dame having a spire in the first place and that modern technology permits the original purpose to be fulfilled.

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“It would achieve the aim of architects of cathedrals in Gothic times who aimed to touch heaven with their spires”


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Originally this controversial design was put forward as a simple provocation; to point out the absurdity of rebuilding the spire akin to its original materials and design. Lehanneur’s proposed design is a gleaming, 300-foot flame, made of carbon fibre and covered in gold leaf, that would be a permanent reminder of the tragedy. His provocative proposal replaces the cathedral’s original spire with a massive gold replica of the fire that engulfed it. Since his suggestion went public he has reconsidered it, against the opinion of the masses, as a potentially good idea. “A few days after I put it online, I thought, ‘Why not?’ ” Mr. Lehanneur said. “The flame is actually a very strong symbol in the bible,” he noted. “It’s powerful.” Opposition to his proposal comes in the thousands, some went as far as calling it blasphemous. Lehanneur counters, “I love this idea of a frozen moment in the history that can remain for centuries. For me, it’s a way to capture the catastrophe and turn it into beauty, turning ephemeral into permanency.” Mr. Lehanneur, who designed the flame spire, noted that most of the landmark buildings in Paris had been contentious when they were constructed, including the Eiffel Tower, the glass pyramid at the Louvre and the Pompidou.The objections never last long, Mr. Lehanneur said. “After one or two decades, the most conservative people not only accept them, they want to defend them,” he added. French designer Mathieu Lehanneur’s work includes buildings but also a range of art installations and objects. He has also been the chief designer of Huawei phones since 2015.

“I love this idea of a frozen moment in the history that can remain for centuries”

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“The decision to hold a competition for the rebuilding of Notre-Dame is to be applauded” N O R M A N

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One of the biggest names to publicly take part in the competition after announcing his intentions in an interview with The Times, is acclaimed architect Norman Foster. Probably best known for The Gherkin, London, Foster is excited by the open-mindedness this reconstruction is being built upon. Embracing this “extraordinary opportunity” his proposal calls for a roof and spire formed from crystal glass and stainless steel. “In every case, the replacement used the most advanced building technology of the age,” Foster shares with The Guardian. “It never replicated the original. In Chartres, the 12th-century timbers were replaced in the 19th century by a new structure of cast iron and copper. The decision to hold a competition for the rebuilding of NotreDame is to be applauded because it is an acknowledgment of that tradition of new interventions.”


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This Paris based firm are approaching the project is from an environmental, educational and social integration stance putting humans at the heart of their design. Their design proposes a greenhouse-style roof including beehives kept within the glass spire. A longstanding inhabitant of the very same roof, the hives which have always lived at Notre Dame and were known to have kept the poor in honey throughout the ages, actually survived the recent fire. Other survivors which Studio NAB would recycle are charred wood pieces they would remodel into planters to be used inside the greenhouse. The sustainable design would integrate the cathedral further into the community. By creating a space for professional development opportunities, as well as workshops for local children..

An environmental, educational and social integration stance putting humans at the heart of their design.

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This proposal by Brazilian architect Fantozzi has had its fair share of rejection already but his promise was to deliver religious overtones and he certainly did that. He envisaged the entire roof and spire being made entirely of stained glass windows. At night the roof and spire would be illuminated to give a kaleidoscopic effect in the Paris skyline. “In Gothic [architecture] there is the connection of the earth to the sky, and inside the Cathedral, the natural illumination multiplies in colours through the filter of the cover in stained glass.” Fantozzi explains via Instagram.

“In Gothic [architecture] there is the connection of the earth to the sky, and inside the Cathedral, the natural illumination multiplies in colours through the filter of the cover in stained glass.”

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G O D A R D & R O U S S E L A R C H I T E C T S This French studio proposes an elegant, minimalist wooden spire quite unlike any other designs seen thus far. The roof of the cathedral would be made from glass and steel, and feature a winding walkway offering city views hoping to compliment what once existed without trying to replace it.

“It is terrifying to realise that even the greatest masterpieces are not imperishable,” they write. “How can a work that has required hundreds of years of work fly into the skies of Paris in a few hours? In addition to the legitimate questions of protection and prevention systems

that we are entitled to ask, it is up to us today to know how to revive this architectural gem that is the identity of the most visited city in the world. As architects, we are obviously sensitive to the project of its reconstruction but a question arises: should it be done again the same?”

How to revive this architectural gem that is the identity of the most visited city in the world?

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A modern, environmentally conscious building.

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An Italian architectural company have put forward this particular design which comes from founders Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas. Their Notre Dame proposal includes a tall spire and a roof both of which would be lit up at night creating a blue glow and a “beacon of hope for the future of Paris”. Their design would be made to resemble the famous French crystalware brand Baccarat. Fuksas declare that the crystal spire should be taken as “a symbol of the fragility of history and spirituality,” while light is “a symbol of immateriality.”

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This award winning architect submitted this innovative design for the rebuild of the famous cathedral, embracing the idea of transforming it into a modern, environmentally conscious building. The transparent roof would house a garden that would annually produce tons of fruit and vegetables each year as part of the eco redesign. The cathedral would be ahead of the green game in that it would produce more energy than it consumes. Self-sufficiency would be made possible by the special crystal glass on the curved spire, which would absorb light then used to power the building. Surplus energy could be directed to neighbouring buildings and a farmer’s market set up in the street below to sell the harvest from the gardens.

“A beacon of hope for the future of Paris”.

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ALEJANDRO GIMENEZ IS A MAN OF MANY TALENTS; FOR ONE, EMBRACING LOCAL CULTURE, NATURE AND FOLKLORE AND INCORPORATING IT INTO HIS DESIGNS WITH SUCH DELICATE SUBTLETY THAT YOU BARELY RECOGNISE WHY YOU FIND THE ATMOSPHERE FAMILIAR AND COMFORTING. HIS DESIGNS, WHILE SLEEK AND MODERN BEHOLD A VAST DEPTH AND SINCERITY WITHIN THEIR WALLS. The value of light, air and flow is captured unfalteringly as you sweep through walkways, outdoor spaces meet indoor living, and views over the notorious iconic rooftops seep effortlessly into the fabric of the home. Poetry springs to mind when it comes to the work of Alejandro Gimenez, not only due to his mentor being the lyrical José María Buendía who enlisted the light of heaven something we are all entitled to a part of within our homes. On discovering the words and work of the Mexican architect, Gimenez found his own voice and a new creative universe was born. Alejandro Gimenez is local to the Costa Del Sol and fiercely believes in living a landscape, knowing its heart and soul before you can fully conceive a design for it. Being sensitive to the territory you are encapsulating is paramount; being honest to the surroundings, harnessing the culture conceptually. The heritage Gimenez is passionate about speaks clearly via his designs; a delicate delivery of a blend of ArabicAndalusian elements shines through whilst recognising the relevant era we support. Containing appliances within generous indigenous materials and gently installing traditional ceramics alongside modern apparatus reveal his tenderness for detail. Inspiration also stems from his wife’s Japanese roots, Gimenez finds their use of essential elements inspiring and humbly hopes he has learned to express this within his own work. Architecture comes with responsibility, it is not simply creative and artistic but it comes with requirements to be able

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to read people, nature, lifestyle, human need versus desire, landscape, culture, history, future, present; so many variables fall to an architect’s palette, and atop the intensity of the nature of creativity comes the science and strict efficacy of structure. This example of his work, located in the historic old town of Estepona depicts a facade steeped in tradition. Maintaining the original and typical look of the region was not a choice,

Architecture comes with responsibility, it is not simply creative and artistic but it comes with requirements to be able to read people, nature, lifestyle, human need versus desire, landscape, culture, history, future, present

yet had it been Alejandro Gimenez doubtlessly would have artfully honoured it. The contemporary interior of this property proves his ability to seamlessly combine established Spanish style with modern approaches, techniques, and lifestyle needs. The interior is designed minimally yet with an unimposing glamour and sheen that is only interrupted casually by that which connects it all; the wrought iron which accompanies the staircase. The fine, widely spaced bars do not appear incongruous, but rather a mild consolidator in uniting the levels of the house. This is a peaceful space with gentle tones throughout, interspersed with injections of colour and texture to complement one another and the environment as a whole.

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Every little nook, every angle and placement of furniture, every fitting and fixture has its reason for being, and every reason has a positive effect or outcome. In the kitchen diner the indoor living space blends seamlessly with the outdoor areas both on the ground floor and upstairs; with a glorious outdoor shower on the upper level terrace shining amidst the sunbaked rooftops in full view of La Concha mountain. A sleek, modern look is achieved by utilising traditional materials and occasional touches of history within a minimalist aesthetic. The original white shuttered window of the bedrooms contrasting appreciatively with the warm wooden doors throughout. The master bedroom needing barely any decorative assistance being

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The contemporary interior of this property proves his ability to seamlessly combine established Spanish style with modern approaches, techniques, and lifestyle needs.

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crowned with ‘that view’. Polished cement floors provide further warmth and niches give way to light features gracing the home at optimal moments. You can see without fail that Alejandro Gimenez has respect for an original property by the way he graduates its transformation to its new form, his wish being to create a pathway which opens up to the beholder, a level of mystery within the walls. His energy and passion for the romance that is architecture is admirable, his penchant for the natural integration of old and new, with the premise that there is purpose to what is modern. To place a reclaimed original Spanish tile in situ with a shining chrome

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His energy and passion for the romance that is architecture is admirable, his penchant for the natural integration of old and new, with the premise that there is purpose to what is modern.

shower fitting in total purposeful agreement and aesthetic is an art, and Gimenez achieves this time and time again. Every little nook, every angle and placement of furniture, every fitting and fixture has its reason for being, and every reason has a positive effect or outcome. This house on Calle Sevilla, finished in 2018, pays true homage to his career in that it projects elegance and more importantly wisdom concreting that he is an artist, and an expert in emotional, inspiring architecture who utilises the natural elements we are all blessed with and creates beautiful spaces in which to share it.


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A beautiful, bright villa which is located in a peaceful cul-de-sac in the popular ‘Costa’ area of Sotogrande. Offering 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms the villa is set amongst a mature landscaped garden with private pool. The villa is distributed over two levels and offers an entrance/reception hallway, lounge with direct access to a large covered terrace, modernopen plan kitchen dining area with access to the garden and terrace, 5 double bedrooms - 5 bathrooms (4 with en-suite bathrooms including the annexed pool guest suite). All five bedrooms offer heating and air-conditioning. The master bedroom suite also has a private sun terrace. The raised garden is landscaped with a large lawn area and offers a private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with surrounding terrace for sunbathing and relaxing. Other items are: Car port for 2 cars, Private in/out driveway,

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SOTOGRANDE COSTA | REF S364 | Price: â‚Ź2.450.000 | Bedrooms: 5 | Bathrooms: 4 | Built: 455 m 2

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Newly released to market, this contemporary villa has been renovated and refurbished to the highest of standards. Situated on Sotogrande Costa in a sought after position, the villa is within 5 minutes of the beach, marina and Real Sotogrande Golf Club. Ground Floor: Entrance courtyard with water feature, entrance hallway, formal lounge with fireplace, family lounge, large open plan modern kitchen/dining area - leading to garden & pool area, glazed modern conservatory area, 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, 1 double bedroom, 1 smaller bedroom/study, bathroom, guest cloakroom. Upper floor: Master bedroom with 2 dressing areas plus large modern en-suite bathroom. Independent guest suite: Open plan lounge, bedroom, en-suite bathroom. Additionally there is a wonderful covered, outer dining area with kitchen and bbq. The swimming pool has a Jacuzzi area within and decking area for summer living. Other features include: Fully fitted kitchen with NEFF appliances, large double glazed windows, heating and air conditioning, Italian furnishings, large terraced relaxing & dining areas, landscaped gardens, modern feature stairwell, modern touch screen alarm system, automated gates.


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Properties at Las Albercas include stunning penthouses, ground floor residences with private gardens and first floor residences with enormous terraces. There are two, three and four-bedroom homes available. Internal sizes range from 200m2 pied-Ă -terres to 385m2 lateral residences, with additional space for private pools and large terraces. With this development, the team at Finca Cortesin are creating unprecedented living environments surrounded by the best amenities, world-class service, architecture and design, with the development scheduled for completion in Autumn 2021.

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fantastic restaurants, a beach club, pools, tennis centre and a world-class golf course. Developers Single Home explain, “We have created Las Albercas to offer the very best of both worlds. Owners benefit from the privacy and individuality of a personalized home that is unique in its class, alongside exclusive access to all the services, privileges and amenities of the most exclusive resorts on the Costa Throughout, the del Sol, including a wide variety of gastronomic and recreational experiences based on high-end service design and build and wellbeing. Las Albercas enjoys a singular aims to combine identity inspired by the elegance of discreet luxury, comfort and luxury privacy, a stunning natural setting and properties featuring the very finest materials, exceptional to meet the needs of finishes and exclusive details.”

Every last detail of Las Albercas has been designed with the utmost care and attention. The kitchens are a true masterclass in achieving a careful balance between flair and functionality. They feature high levels of insulation, sustainable plumbing, heating and air conditioning, including centralised solar energy per block, to minimise the developments’ impact on the environment. Throughout, the design and build aims to combine comfort and luxury to meet the needs of sophisticated buyers who understand the art of living and share the desire to enjoy the freedom of a well-run, well-designed, uncluttered life. Spacious terraces affording impressive views of the Mediterranean and an abundance of natural light, complete the connection between architecture and nature, building and landscape and make the most of the uninterrupted golf and sea views. In addition to the spectacular properties, owners have access to the Las Albercas Clubhouse, an exquisite sanctuary exclusively for residents, offering a lavish spa experience set amongst tropical gardens. This includes an outdoor and indoor pool, gym, spa, hammam and treatment rooms. They also benefit from the Finca Cortesin lifestyle, including concierge and rental services,

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sophisticated buyers who understand the art of living and share the desire to enjoy the freedom of a wellrun, well-designed, uncluttered life.

Prices start from €1 million for a 2-bedroom residence. The project will commence construction in Autumn 2019 and is scheduled for completion in Autumn 2021. For more information and to register your interest contact the Finca Cortesin Sales Office by calling +34 952 93 77 77, or emailing realestate@fincacortesin.es


About Finca Cortesin Finca Cortesin is an independent luxury development located between Marbella and Sotogrande in Spain. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea to one side and the tranquil hills of Casares to the other, Finca Cortesin was designed in the style of a traditional Spanish “hacienda”. The Andalusian retreat features an elegant 67-suite hotel, an 18-hole golf course with a state-of-the-art Nicklaus Academy, a 6,000m² Beach Club and a top spa featuring Spain’s first Snow Cave with bespoke treatments by French beauty brand Biologique Recherche. The hotel offers four restaurants including El Jardín de Lutz serving authentic Spanish cuisine, and one Michelin starred signature Japanese restaurant Kabuki Raw.

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Spacious terraces affording impressive views of the Mediterranean and an abundance of natural light, complete the connection between architecture and nature, building and landscape and make the most of the uninterrupted golf and sea views.

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JAPANDI

The ultimate in hybrid interior design synergy ‘JAPANDI’ HIT THE INTERIOR DESIGN WORLD IN 2017 BUT TREND BLOGGERS ARE SAYING THAT 2019 IS ITS YEAR TO SHINE; OR MINIMALISTICALLY DELIVER HYGGE TO OUR HOMES, AND IT MAY WELL BE HERE TO STAY. THIS FUSION BETWEEN JAPANESE AND SCANDINAVIAN STYLE HAS BEEN COINED “JAPANDI” AS WELL AS “JAPANORDIC”, AND EVEN “WABI-SABI-HYGGE”, SO TAKE YOUR PICK ON THE NAME CALLING BUT LET’S FOCUS ON THE NATURE OF THIS INTRICATE BLEND.

Embrace imperfection, honour authenticity, celebrate craftsmanship and keep it simple.

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The rich, Japanese palette interweaved with the Scandinavian eclectic glow.

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The term Japandi relates us to the minimal and traditional sophistication of Japanese design, and incorporates the modern rustic warmth and comfort of the Scandinavian approach. It is a fresh, refined look which could appeal to a wide audience. As a concept Japandi centres on simplicity, a core element of both styles, blending the elements from both aesthetics to deliver serene, contemporary living. The styles, although far in global terms, have many aspects which compliment one another. The clean lines blended with neutral tones. The rich, Japanese palette interweaved with the Scandinavian eclectic glow. The outcome is one of a minimal direction marked with raw functionality and flawless craftsmanship. The combination of the best from both origins defines this as a streamline, less is more, harmonious contrast. UTOPIA - 41


Japandi focusses on bringing nature into the home via natural wood furniture and accessories as well as deep green foliage as opposed to florals.

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Space is used for functionality, under-doing a room rather than cluttering - a statement piece here, a plant there - abundance is not a key word. Decor is comfortable, elegant and gentle. Japandi focusses on bringing nature into the home via natural wood furniture and accessories as well as deep green foliage as opposed to florals. Windows are wide allowing nature to be visible, and part of your daily life, outdoor furniture is sleek and wooden to compliment the interior. The mixture of pale, Nordic wood to the depth of Japanese dark wood provides a beautiful tonal contrast to any room. Think light wood furniture against a dark wooden panelled wall or flooring (or vice versa or a mixture).

Think simple yet sophisticated, elegant yet practical

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There is an element of combining beauty with practicality that must be introduced to achieve a Japandi look; fabrics and textiles must be workable but then throw in a sumptuous blanket to add that ‘hygge’ to the room. Think simple yet sophisticated, elegant yet practical; pieces used for decoration should also have a functional use; take a Japanese tray or tea set, it looks stylish on the shelf but it also serves a purpose. Contrast the sleek minimalism with a sheepskin rug or a plush cushion.

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Simplicity is absolutely key to creating this look and so colour palettes are kept calm and subdued, and plenty of open space is remains around furniture items.

This relatively new hybrid concept could well become a timeless look considering the synergy of these two aesthetics, the ultra-minimalist elegance, being orderly yet relaxed, the practicality and comfort. To add depth to design it harnesses philosophy; embrace imperfection, honour authenticity, celebrate craftsmanship and keep it simple. Words to live by.


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Middle Floor Apartment New Golden Mile Amazing apartment in the New Golden Mile, between San Pedro and Estepona. Second floor , south orientated apartment, comprising an entrance hall, fully equipped kitchen with private terrace and separate laundry room. Living dining area with independent south facing terrace, main bedroom with en suite bathroom, and dressing area. 2 more double bedrooms sharing a second complete bathroom. Immaculate condition, ready to move in. Underground parking space included. Communal swimming pool and gardens.

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Three bedroom immaculately presented duplex penthouse with private rooftop terrace and private swimming pool. This rare and unique property boasts fantastic sea views with a modern and perfectly presented interior. The apartment has direct elevator access, an underground car parking space as well as a large storage room. The grounds are perfectly manicured with a large swimming pool and sun terrace. Viewing essential

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Detached Villa Las Chapas with 668m2 of contemporar y and spacious living space located in th e highly sought-a fter and prestigiou s area of Hacienda Las Chapas in a spacious open-plan living room wit h large sliding doors and over looks th e beautifull y-maintained gardens and space to the best advantage , boasting

extra bedrooms downstairs to be used as either games room , gym or guest accommodation . Outside there ar e several sunny terraces with views over also boasts a ver y large garage wit h parking for several cars . Set on a leafy tree lined street with and withi n walking distance of the beach an d all local amenities, this is a fantasti c famil y home in a stunning location . Ref: R2420069

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BUILDING THE FUTURE THE CONCEPT OF KEEPING CARBON FOOTPRINTS TO A MINIMUM WHEN DESIGNING NEW CONSTRUCTIONS HAS OPENED UP A WHOLE NEW WORLD FOR THE MODERN ARCHITECT. There are a plethora of considerations to be made when designing a space sustainably. It is not merely the materials used having an environmentally sound upbringing, there are many other particulars that must be evaluated. The following designs feature some innovative concepts in the realm of renewable design and construction on which to feast your eco-friendly eyes.

This family home, while it may not be to everyone’s aesthetic taste, has a plethora of sustainable tricks up its sleeve. So much so that it was named ‘Upcycle House’ by its designers at Lendager Arkitekter. To upcycle means to convert existing materials into something new, often taking on an entirely different role. The interior of the house features pressed wood chips, recycled cork, glass and paper as a majority of its materials. The cladding consists of reused aluminium cans covering the shipping container structure.

Upcycle House is a mastery of passive sustainability As well as this the house is built to maintain a minimal carbon footprint with significantly lower emissions than regularly built houses. Upcycle House is a mastery of passive sustainability, besides the material approach, its design reduces emissions through orientation, temperature zones, daylight optimisation, shading and natural ventilation. Anders Lendager (owner of Lendager Architects) comments on the results of using recycled materials: “We initially thought that a reduction of 65% CO2 was unrealistic, but when we ran the Life Cycle Assessment on all materials throughout the entire

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project, it turned out that we had reduced the CO2 emissions associated with construction with 86%, compared to a benchmark house. With that in mind, we are surprised that no one else is working on this. Why is it not included in everything we do as architects? Why is it not included in the building code that a certain percentage of building materials have to be recycled?� Valid questioning which supports the implementation of utilising existing building materials, rather than opting for new, becoming standard practice.

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Sustainable building is not limited to housing; larger projects lend themselves to the cause effectively and being on a far grander scale warrant the incentive to significantly lower their carbon footprint. Take the plans for this University in Bangladesh by Singapore-based, Woha Architects, for example. They recently won a prestigious LafargeHolcim Foundation award for sustainable architecture recognising that their design would “go beyond current standards [and] showcase sustainable responses to technological, environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural issues.” The ‘Floating University’ has been designed to override the existing (formerly contaminated) swampland it would be built on in a big way; a bio-retention pond beneath and surrounding the building will remediate the water. The classrooms would be built and placed on pontoons gracing the wetlands and vertical gardens would assist with cooling requirements. Other sustainable elements include a rainwater recovery system, and photovoltaic panels which convert light into electricity, plus it would supply more green area than floor space. The city of Dhaka would benefit from many more projects such as this sue it being the fourth most populated city in the world (over 18 million) and suffering a severe struggle to maintain water quality as it rapidly urbanises.

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And then there is the Bullitt Centre in Seattle, this innovative ultraeco design is to date the greenest building in the world, even though it was built back in 2013. The six-storey structure was under scrutiny and the cause of much speculation when it claimed it would be a net-zero design. Thankfully it did live up to its claims when in 2015 Bullitt Centre became one of only 10 ‘Living Buildings’ in the world, as certified by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). “A Living Building must adhere to 20 design imperatives in seven performance areas—site, water, energy, health, materials, equity, and beauty—and be both net-zero energy and net-zero water for 12 months of occupancy.” The publicity it had received prior to this was nothing once it achieved such status and it became one of the most important commercial buildings of the century. Despite the persistent cloud hanging over Seattle, the sixstorey structure topped with 575 photovoltaic panels which convert light into energy manages to produce 60% more energy than it has used, selling over 90,000 KW back to a local utility company in 2015 alone.

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Simple ways in which we can all integrate sustainable systems into our living space come in the form of solar panels, wind turbines, rainwater conversion, high-energy efficient appliances, insulation (glazing or heavy curtains), incorporate indigenous plant species, and using recycled materials. And if planning construction locate a sustainably-minded architect who has the welfare of the earth at their core. UTOPIA - 61


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Ferris Rafauli NOWADAYS, THE KITCHEN TAKES A CENTRAL ROLE IN THE HOUSE, AS IT IS THE PLACE WHERE THE FAMILY GATHERS AFTER A BUSY DAY, AND IN AN OPEN SPACE KITCHEN, IT’S ALSO WHERE GUESTS ARE ENTERTAINED. THE KITCHEN TRENDING RENOVATIONS IDEAS FOR 2019 ARE AIMED AT THOSE WHO WISH TO DESIGN A KITCHEN FIT FOR THE ROLE IT REPRESENTS, AND ARE FOCUSED GREATLY ON THE MATERIALS USED, CHOOSING THOSE WHO ARE EASIER TO CLEAN AND MAINTAIN AND LOOK MORE MODERN. UTOPIA - 72

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“It’s a natural material Marble creates a naturally imperfect with great variety, design that makes the kitchen depending on which completely original. Although it is a species you select and porous material, meaning that it can how it’s cut ... It creates stain, applying a good sealing agent a really lovely natural should solve that issue. Another tip pattern, which you don’t is using marble both as a backsplash get with a lot of artificial and as a countertop material, as it will materials.” add drama and elegance to the room.

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WOOD Applying wood finishes to storage spaces has become more popular, as they provide a calmer and lighter ambience to the room.

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As an alternative to wooden open shelving, this trendy design is not only more sophisticated but it also makes it easier to keep everything clean, organized and properly displayed. Moreover, it is more visually interesting than simple open shelving storage.

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Cement is an interesting material to apply in kitchens, but it does have its advantages. It is a stronger, cheaper and more practical material, and it’s entirely customizable as the concrete is poured instead of being installed as a solid piece. This Trending Kitchen Renovation trend pairs well with kitchens designed with natural elements, and it is an uncommon material that is sure to surprise guests.

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MANIFESTO HOUSE, CHILE.

This house designed by James & Mau Architecture features an abundance of palettes covering much of the structure. Another addition to its up-cycling efforts, the palettes serve to provide a complex system of shutters which assist in regulating the interior temperature and extend to deliver a terrace. As well as its use of recycled materials this eco-sufficient structure also utilises non-polluting fabrication techniques and integrates renewable energy. Comprised of three shipping containers, the 160 square metre two storey home features a hinged screens which provide awnings as well as entrances allowing the space to flow between the interior and exterior. This is an efficient construction with potential for future modification and extension thus allowing it to evolve in time.

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JOANA STREET HOUSE, BRISBANE.

This super-deluxe design by Todd Miller of Ziegler Build is the largest container house in all of Australia. The three storey up-cycle project consists of 31 containers and boasts a modern luxury juxtaposing clean lines with corrugated surfaces, glazed walls, industrial chic, and warm wooden cladding . The saltwater pool strengthens the home’s opulence UTOPIA - 80

as does the vast array of art dappled across the walls, not to mention the graffiti-covered rear ‘wall’ which vamps the modernity and vibrancy. The interior boasts plenty of natural light due to the abundant glazing, as well as providing stunning views of the Brisbane River and forests which surround the property.


A D R I A N C E HOUSE, MAINE.

Architect Adam Kalkin is renowned for his innovative and elegant container home designs. Adrian House is no exception and is noted for its elegance, style and size. Consisting of twelve containers at an area of 371 square metres, it has plenty of opportunity to deliver huge open living spaces. The main feature, aside from the split second floors and double staircase, is the floor to ceiling glass. The warehouse slash garage effect provided by the corrugated metal walls is contrasted with soft furnishings, an open fireplace, and fully stocked bookcases.

THE CATERPILLAR HOUSE, SANTIAGO. Designed by Sebastian Irarrázaval this house utilises five 40’ and six 20’ containers, the swimming pool was also created using an open-topped container. The main reason for the choice of material was to keep costs low as well as maintenance. This innovative and outlandish work has created a lot of attention for its caterpillar-like appearance which cantilevers over the site. The house was built for an art collector at the foot of the Andes mountain, something which was an overpowering backdrop and so the house’s strong appearance counters this. The sloping landscape also needed negotiation giving way to the effect that the house is resting on it, thus allowing it to ‘blend in’ and integrate with the surroundings. The containers were wrapped with a unitarian material creating a ventilated façade to regulate the temperature of the interior as well as integrate all the sections of the house.

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GRILLAGH WATER HOUSE, IRELAND.

Designed by Patrick Bradley Architects this modest farmhouse is built out of 4 shipping containers. The idea was to create a house that didn’t look like a house nor a typical farm building whilst managing to fit in with the environment. “I actually wanted it to act like a sculpture in the landscape but still blend in with its surroundings”, said Bradley. On completion of his design Patrick realised he needed to alter something to cut down costs. Happy with his entire project he decided to stick to the plans but change

the materials, thus opting for shipping containers. This allowed him to keep to the original aesthetics by being able to afford them. The entire house is clad with either grey powder-coated expanded metal sheets (upper

TIM PALEN STUDIO, MOJAVE DESERT.

This 214 square metre construction by Ecotech Design, a novel introduction of cargotecture to the Mojave Desert, consists of six containers as well as other steel components. The Joshua Tree hybrid home is modest in that it has only one bedroom and one and a half bathrooms but boasts spacious living areas and a photo studio which was priority for the owner being a photographer. The home features solar shade canopy for protection fro the desert’s elements, a water storage tank of epic proportions (holding up to 10,000 gallons), is supported by a steel frame which also protects from extreme weather

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level), or panels of prerusted Corten steel (lower level). The containers are weatherproofed and insulated which prevents a build of condensation from causing rust or damage. The house, which was broadcast on Grand Designs in the UK, features two bedrooms, a galley kitchen, roof terrace, open plan living space on the upper level, and more intimate areas on the lower level.

conditions including earthquakes and fire. The structure is committed to the environment and gives back far more than it takes from nature. The movable, living roof utilises grey water irrigation and features indigenous plant species which absorb heat, dust and carbon dioxide. Life in the desert can be challenging and so the conservation of energy and water, triple-wall insulation, and energy saving appliances, fixtures and heating systems were all an essential part of the construction of this sustainable home.


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CASA INCUBO, COSTA RICA.

This 400 metre square design by architect Maria José Trejos surrounds a beautiful cedar tree; a nod to its sustainably built ideals encompassing nature as a big part of its ethic. The double height 95 metre square central ‘lung’ of the house, formed by interconnecting and superposing containers, features cross ventilation and glazing allowing in natural air and light. There’s a social area on the first floor, a photo gallery, an office and a dining room. The kitchen opens up onto the the base of the cedar tree, branches of which were used to create the breakfast bar and kitchen table legs. The strategic positioning of one of the containers created a terrace above and a porch below. The house also features a sun deck on the third floor from which you can opt to slide down a steel pole to reach the ground floor. The northwest facade is fitted with moveable bamboo panels used as blinds to shade the interior if desired.

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ANTI PATIO HOUSE, UKRAINE.

Designed by Drozdov & Partners, this 180 square metre house consists of three containers and wooden decked swimming pool. Compartmental design here is intended to create separate zones, with one container providing the guest room, another the master bedroom and the third giving way to the living and common area. The house is glazed to deliver a panoramic view of the surrounding environment and its sleek yet cosy interior complete its character to give it a modest luxury. UTOPIA - 85


The ‘Transterior’ trend of bringing the outside inside in home design goes from strength to strength.

OUT IN SIDE SIDE OUT IN

THIS ISN’T EXACTLY A NEW CONCEPT IF YOU THINK OF TRADITIONAL SPANISH ‘CORTIJO’ STYLE HOUSES, HOWEVER WHEN THE OUTDOORS TRULY MEETS THE INTERIOR WE DISCOVER A WHOLE NEW CONCEPT, WHICH HAS BEEN COINED “TRANSTERIOR”; OR SIMPLY BRINGING THE OUTSIDE IN. WE SEE DOORS CONCERTINA TO ALLOW A KITCHEN TO EXTEND TO AN OUTDOOR ADDENDUM.

Gisue Hariri Architect, Via Architecturaldigest The distinct border between home and garden is redundant as designers strive to combine the two. It doesn’t end at aesthetics and functionality it is also a nod to buildings complimenting the surrounding environment and vice versa. We are not talking about the British 1980’s style conservatory here, but more that we are now seeing outdoor rooms, indoor natural UTOPIA - 88

elements and architecture flowing between the two. It is about the interaction enhanced by connecting the elements and the lifestyle that accompanies that. In Southern Spain we have the ideal climate, not to mention views to be able to achieve some of the finest ‘transterior’ spaces.


This demure example of lounging outside comes from Svoya Studio, Ukraine. Named the Lounge Zone, the compact patio space has been converted into a luxurious, multifunctional area immersed in a natural surrounding allowing its inhabitants to enjoy this little oasis in the middle of a busy city.

The concrete wall panelling delivers a solidity to the design juxtaposed with the light beamed roof with tinted glass and fogging system. The sunken lounging area is complimented by a teak deck and plenty of natural greenery to keep in harmony with nature and lifestyle. There is also a stylish open fire with neatly stacked firewood delivering another angle on the wall space. This area works perfectly in all weather conditions, a necessity in the Eastern European climate. UTOPIA - 89


Verandah House, Singapore. Formwerkz Architects are masters of dissolving the line between interior and exterior thus maximising living space and merging with nature so when these clients requested communal spaces to entertain different groups of people at any one time as well as connectivity to outdoors, they had found the perfect designers. “The house is conceptualised to maximise porosity and at the same time to buffer weather elements in the tropics with deep overhangs. The different pockets of communal spaces form a continuous extroverted space, and are akin to pavilion-like spaces. But rather than connections by link-ways, the spaces are connected by verandas that co-join the pockets of spaces on the ground floor,� says Alan Tay from Formwerkz Architects.

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The generous transition spaces are created by sliding glass doors which wrap the entire house, thus the boundaries between inside and out are consistently blurred. All four bedrooms look out on to an open terrace and rooftop garden, another potential outdoor space to entertain or lounge in. The living, dining, study and family rooms are positioned in an L shape facing the rectangular pool. The project was built with nature at its core and the outcome was especially successful. The first storey features a small courtyard overlooking the pool and surrounding environment, in fact terraces, patios, and fauna decorate the entire property creating a natural interconnection between the home and the landscape. This two-storey, 700 square metre home successfully blends indoor and outdoor living seamlessly, and as its name suggests features multiple verandahs to assist in this achievement.


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Wave House, Finland embraces the epitome of ‘transterior’ living with its vast expanses of glazing and immersion in nature. The striking appearance of this home does not end with the sweeping roof, Seppo Mäntylä is well known for his spectacular designs with wood and this über-modern design featuring a combination of wood, glass and steel beholds a stunning and unique wave-like roof based on aerodynamic design. In the town of Mikkeli, Finland this beautifully individual home currently sits at 3,050 square feet on a single level with the capacity to be enlarged by a further 6,458 square feet. The strategic positioning of the vast glazing opens the house up to some breathtaking views.

The living area is wide open to the exterior combining the two spaces and seamlessly merging them into one as it overlooks the lake from its cantilevered position. The bathroom boasts a spa-like feel with the sauna having a glass wall to feel as though you’re part of the great outdoors. If you prefer to actually be outside the hot tub on the terrace overlooking the lake will definitely tick some luxurious boxes.

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Kloof Road House, Johannesburg was designed to ensure that every room in the house opens up to the outdoors. A family orientated home for entertaining and linking the home with the landscape were paramount in its development and designer Nico van der Meulen did not disappoint. The 1,100 square metre home effectively embraces the art of indoor/outdoor living with exterior materials also being featured in the interior, and the extensive use of glazing serving to visually integrate the two. This way of combining architecture with interior design gives way to some unique developments. Steel and concrete are featured both outside and in and are utilised to blur borders between the floors, walls and roof. Van der Meulen Architect’s flawlessly depicts his trademark way of connecting the indoor and outdoor spaces when the frameless folding glass doors are open, transforming the lanai into an extension of the living room. The angled columns and steel beams pierce the double volume space, which highlights how these structural elements were designed to appear sculptural, complimenting the components of the building. The living room, dining room and kitchen are distinctively situated in an open plan area and obediently merge into one another as well as the outdoors.

The master bedroom boasts a large balcony as does the playroom providing great views and connection to the outdoors. An substantial pavilion on the lower part of the garden has entertaining written all over it, being situated next to the swimming pool, features an open fire pit, barbecue area, bar, and views of the koi pond. A perfect ‘transterior’ location.

The interior, designed by M Square Lifestyle Design, was determined to incorporate the materials used for the exterior by boldly utilising concrete and transforming the harshness of steel into a softer element in the form of perforated panels.

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TOWER RIANGLE

AFTER NEARLY FIVE YEARS OF INTENSE DELIBERATION, FRENCH COURTS HAVE FINALLY GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT TO HERZOG & DE MEURON’S TRIANGLE TOWER IN PARIS. LOCATED IN THE SOUTHERN 15TH ARRONDISSEMENT BY PORTE DE VERSAILLES ON THE PÉRIPHÉRIQUE, THIS WILL BE THE CITY’S FIRST NEW SKYSCRAPER BUILT SINCE THE TOUR DE MONTPARNASSE. CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN 2020 AND FINISH IN TIME FOR THE 2024 PARIS OLYMPICS.

THE TRIANGLE TOWER IS A PART OF THE NEW CONSTRUCTION THAT IS DRAWING THE NEW PARIS

The controversial project, coming in at an estimated five-hundred million euros, was first proposed in 2008 and has been met with fierce criticism by both locals who fear it will fundamentally change the face of the neighbourhood, leaving them in the shadows of the looming construction, and politicians who argue that the building’s design presented issues with sustainability. It has also been faced with sharp opposition from Parisians who feel that it does nothing to address the larger problems they’re facing, including a lack of affordable housing, issues with public transport, and a decline in quality of life throughout the nation’s capital. Opposition has been strong enough that the construction has been delayed several times with attempts made to retract the approval. In April 2017 the permit was removed but recently the courts ruled in favour of the building saying, “The mayor of Paris did not commit an error in assessing that the project is not likely to affect the neighbourhood’s character or views,” on reinstating the approval, “The Triangle Tower is a part of the new construction that is drawing the new Paris,” commented Jean-Louis Missika, Paris’s deputy in charge of urbanism and architecture to the Agénce France Presse. Backed by property giant Unibail-Rodamco, the 42 storey triangular structure will include a hotel, a panoramic restaurant, a visitor’s centre, a co-working space, a health centre, and a daycare, among other amenities. During construction an estimated 5,000 workers will be employed and another 5,000 employees are predicted to occupy the working structure post completion. UTOPIA - 96


APPROVAL GRANTED FOR FIRST SKYSCRAPER IN PARIS SINCE 1973 - HERZOG & DE MEURON’S TRIANGLE TOWER HAS BEEN GIVEN THE GO AHEAD.

Photo by Marco Grob.

THE 42 STOREY TRIANGULAR STRUCTURE WILL INCLUDE A HOTEL, A PANORAMIC RESTAURANT, A VISITOR’S CENTRE, A CO-WORKING SPACE, A HEALTH CENTRE, AND A DAYCARE, AMONG OTHER AMENITIES.

In 1973 a 37 metre limit was enforced on construction height in the centre of the city, Herzog & de Meuron’s irregular triangular structure, sometimes appearing slender and pointed, from other angles strong and triangular, will be the first structure of its stature in the city proper; all others since that date being concentrated in the suburban La Defense central business district where restrictions were not enforced. Forty-five years later the approval has finally been granted; the initial proposal having been submitted over ten years ago by the Swiss architecture firm. The height sparked the controversy to begin with as opposition to another towering edifice fought a good fight since 2008. Herzog de Meuron’s first rejection didn’t come until 2014 but was reconsidered once a few modifications were applied to the design and height restrictions were lifted allowing office blocks to be developed up to 18 metres. The Tour Triangle will meet that height precisely leaving no room for error. It is a striking design which will absolutely alter the Paris skyline forever; becoming the city’s third tallest building after the Eiffel Tower and the Montparnasse Tower. “Paris attracts more tourists than any other city in the world,” said Jerome Coumet, the 13th district mayor of the plans. “I’m convinced that just as

people go to visit the new parts of London, people will come to see extraordinary new architecture in Paris. French architects work all over the world. They should also be able to express themselves in Paris.” So there is great hope for the future look of Paris from politicians and leaders, yet local folk still have their serious doubts and disappointments. Herzog De Meuron, a renowned firm famous for the Tate Modern, London, Beijing National Stadium, and New York’s Parrish Art Museum, claim that the structure will provide a new landmark for Paris as well as “an outstanding silhouette in the system of axes and monuments of the city. Like that of a classical building, this one features two levels of interpretation,” the firm described their ‘Tour Triangle’.” They also claim that it will restore the historical axis formed by the Rue de Vaugirard and Avenue Ernest Renan. The building’s trapezoid base stretches vertically into an irregular pyramid, “an easily recognisable overall form and the fine, crystalline silhouette of its facade, which allows the Triangle to be perceived in various ways”, the firm claims. Not to mention the incredible views of the city to be achieved from within the building. UTOPIA - 97


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