France

Pull Some Strings by Unknown







This week we're loving this installation by Atelier YokYok at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Cahors, southwest France. Called Les Voûtes Filantes, or The Shooting Vaults, this stunning installation was created by stretching blue string between different thin metal arch frames typical of Gothic architecture to echo the style of the cathedral. The strings merge into the shapes of the arches, creating beautiful tunnels that are a whimsical play on light and space. Read more about the project here!

'architectural anthropomorphism' by Michelle Linden












This installation at the Palais de Tokyo by Henrique Oliveira is quite spectacular. As she describes it, the expression of the twisting organic trees breaking free of the existing columnar structure are a form of architectural anthropomorphism. No matter what you call it, I think the result is pretty amazing. I'd love to take a walk through this space.

Via Dezeen

Colorova Patisserie by Michelle Linden







Our office is currently working on a French Patisserie... And as a bit of a Francophile and a foodie who loves to learn about new hip restaurants, I've been keeping my eye out for interesting pastry shops. Colorova is a  Parisian Patisserie that is really checking off all my boxes. Well designed interior (largely created by local craftsmen), lots of color, light fixtures with a sense of humor (Marcel Wanders), and best of all... what looks to be delicious pastries. I'm ready to hop on a plane and stop by!

All photos by Lindsey Tramuta of Lost in Cheeseland (one of my favorite non-architect blogs).

Up High by Michelle Linden







Nomiya is part temporary art installation, part parasitic architecture, and part experimental restaurant. Perched up high above the Palais de Tokyo, Laurent and Pascal Grasso have designed a truly lovely dining experience. The views alone would make the meal an event to remember, but add in the minimal interiors and the fantastic food... sign me up!
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