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Samaritaine Store In Paris FINALLY Being Restored By SANAA

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:05 AM
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Image credit Wikipedia Urban renewal and restoration is tough, even in vibrant, successful cities (or perhaps, particularly in vibrant cities). The Samaritaine Store in Paris has been boarded up for years, while people waited to learn what would happen to this gorgeous landmark. When I was first in Paris on my architectural grand tour many years ago I was staying nearby, and would go to the roof of the store every morning for a cafe creme and a croissant. There was a circular diorama built into the round handrail, where you could identify all the landmarks in Paris- from 1933, when the fabulous art deco portion of the complex was completed. It was my favourite spot in the city. Now, Japanese architects SANAA are doing what looks like a stunning and sensitive renovation and restoration, blending the old and new.... Read the full story on TreeHugger






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