Paris, the city of Amazing Architecture and Remarkable Architects. Between the classic lines of the city, we find amazing examples of contemporary architecture that blend perfectly with the historical style of the capital of France. This city is also known for its amazing architects and, today, we highlight 10!
Graduated in 1960 at the National School of Fine Arts in Paris, Adrien Fainsilber is the architect of La Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, one of the most important buildings in Paris. He carries out several projects, notably the Benjamin Franklin center of the Compiègne University of Technology, the Villetaneuse campus, the Évry hospital center, and various buildings in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.
Benny Benlolo is based in his hometown of Paris and approaches his work as an interior architect by giving his ideas free rein and combining his knowledge of the built environment with his artistic know-how. He allows his creative spirit to flow freely and find form in his projects. The Pavillon Monceau Hotel is one of the public spaces Benlolo designed.
Dominique Perrault became world known for the design of the French National Library, distinguished with the Silver medal for town planning in 1992 and the Mies van der Rohe Prize in 1996. In 2010 he was awarded the gold medal by the French Academy of Architecture for all his work. Leading figure of French architecture, Dominique Perrault has his work exhibited in major museums around the world.
Frédéric Druot research is undertaken into the context, scale, and cost-effectiveness in new buildings and/or the transformation of preexisting ones. His work covers a wide range of fields and topics, as for cultural buildings, offices, as well as housing. In the late 1990s, the Ministry of Culture and Communications decided to regroup all of their offices into adjoining buildings in a historic part of Paris. Frédéric Druot solved this problem by encasing the buildings in a strikingly intricate, laser cut metal lattice.
Jean Nouvel was born in 1945 and is a French architect. He has obtained a number of prestigious distinctions over the course of his career, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Wolf Prize in Arts in 2005 and the Pritzker Prize in 2008. A number of museums and architectural centers have presented retrospectives of his work. He designed the Philharmonie de Paris, Doha Tower in Qatar and a project in 100 Eleventh Avenue in Manhattan, for example.
Architect, city planner, and designer, Jean-Michel Wilmotte founded his own architecture firm in Paris in 1975. Attention to details allows Jean-Michel Wilmotte and his team to work from the smallest to the largest scale: moving from a house to a skyscraper, from a shop to a corporate headquarters, from a gallery of art to a museum, and from street types of furniture to urban design. Renowned for the diversity of its output and the elegance and excellent finishing quality of its work, the Wilmotte architecture company operates in both the public and private sectors, across luxury, hospitality, residential, and the service industries.
Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés, Architecture et Urbanisme is an internationally recognized architecture, urban planning, interior, and landscape design practice led by Jean-Paul Viguier together with 12 Associates. One of the most important projects made by them is the project of the Banque de France Paris La Courneuve, that is also a reflection of one of the main concerns of Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés’: the relation between heritage and contemporary architecture.
Lacaton & Vassal is an international architecture company formed by Jean-Philippe Vassal and Anne Lacaton. This firm is based in Paris and works on public buildings, housing, and urban planning. Lacaton & Vassal’s social housing projects include the transformation of the 96-apartment building Tour Bois le Prêtre in Paris completed in 2011 and of the 4,000-unit complex Cité du Grand Parc in Bordeaux completed in 2016. Other notable works by these remarkable top architects include the contemporary art centers Palais de Tokyo in Paris and the FRAC in Dunkerque, France; Nantes School of Architecture; and the House Latapie in Bordeaux.
Laura Gonzalez is actually a creative name in the business with plenty of passion and glamour to throw around the contemporary design world. At 37 years old, the top architect Laura Gonzalez is already well-known for working her magic across Paris, and for the past two years has been spreading her artistic wings overseas, impressing her unique design style on some interior design projects in modern restaurants, marvelous bars, luxury hotels, and contemporary stores.
Based in Paris, RDAI is top architecture company, directed by the architect Denis Montel. Originally created with a focus on interior architecture projects, RDAI today is an agency practicing architecture, interior architecture and architectural design. RDAI privileges what is essential, avoids the superfluous and searches for the contours of beauty. The finished project aspires to go beyond the expectations of the client and to interpret what is left unsaid. One of their building architecture projects was the store of Elie Saab in Paris.