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Planning Korea depicts futuristic egg-shaped towers for Paris

Planning Korea depicts futuris...
L’air Nouveau de Paris (or New Paris air), by Planning Korea (Image: Planning Korea)
L’air Nouveau de Paris (or New Paris air), by Planning Korea (Image: Planning Korea)
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The firm envisions its proposal existing around the middle of this century (Image: Planning Korea)
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The firm envisions its proposal existing around the middle of this century (Image: Planning Korea)
L’air Nouveau de Paris (or New Paris air), by Planning Korea (Image: Planning Korea)
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L’air Nouveau de Paris (or New Paris air), by Planning Korea (Image: Planning Korea)
The proposal takes up a good chunk of the Ternes-Villiers area in Paris' 17th Arrondissement (Image: Planning Korea)
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The proposal takes up a good chunk of the Ternes-Villiers area in Paris' 17th Arrondissement (Image: Planning Korea)
Planning Korea mentions in its press release that the design is sustainable, though doesn't expand on exactly how (Image: Planning Korea)
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Planning Korea mentions in its press release that the design is sustainable, though doesn't expand on exactly how (Image: Planning Korea)
According to the firm, the buildings would comprise a mixture of residential units, office spaces, hotels, and commercial facilities(Image: Planning Korea)
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According to the firm, the buildings would comprise a mixture of residential units, office spaces, hotels, and commercial facilities(Image: Planning Korea)
L’air Nouveau de Paris (or New Paris air), by Planning Korea (Image: Planning Korea)
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L’air Nouveau de Paris (or New Paris air), by Planning Korea (Image: Planning Korea)
Movement between each building would be possible via a series of interconnected bridges (Image: Planning Korea)
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Movement between each building would be possible via a series of interconnected bridges (Image: Planning Korea)
The renders depict structures a series of futuristic towers that draw inspiration from unnamed micro-organisms (Image: Planning Korea)
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The renders depict structures a series of futuristic towers that draw inspiration from unnamed micro-organisms (Image: Planning Korea)
The proposal looks a little reminiscent of Brussels' existing Atomium (Image: Planning Korea)
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The proposal looks a little reminiscent of Brussels' existing Atomium (Image: Planning Korea)
The proposal takes up a good chunk of the Ternes-Villiers area in Paris' 17th Arrondissement (Image: Planning Korea)
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The proposal takes up a good chunk of the Ternes-Villiers area in Paris' 17th Arrondissement (Image: Planning Korea)
This one's best filed under food-for-thought (Image: Planning Korea)
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This one's best filed under food-for-thought (Image: Planning Korea)
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We recently heard about an ambitious proposal drawn up by Vincent Callebaut to transform Paris into a sustainable city. Planning Korea has also taken a stab at imagining what form architecture in the city could take in its proposal dubbed L’air Nouveau de Paris (or New Paris air), and it's just as bonkers as Callebaut's concept.

The Seoul, South Korea-based group of architects and artists designed L’air Nouveau de Paris following Paris City Hall's initiative of encouraging new ideas for the city's future.

L’air Nouveau de Paris brings to mind Brussels' existing Atomium – albeit on a grander scale. The renders depict a large complex of egg-like metallic spheres which are supported by long stems and that rise to varying heights. According to the firm, the towers would comprise a mixture of residential units, office spaces, hotels, and commercial facilities. Movement between each building would also be possible via a series of interconnected bridges.

Movement between each building would be possible via a series of interconnected bridges (Image: Planning Korea)
Movement between each building would be possible via a series of interconnected bridges (Image: Planning Korea)

The proposal is clearly conceived more as a jumping-off point to spark imagination than a concrete plan, and is therefore short on hard details. Envisioned for the near future somewhere around the middle of this century, it takes up a good chunk of real estate in the Ternes-Villiers area in Paris' 17th Arrondissement – an area of 3,891 sq m (almost 41,882 sq ft), to be exact.

Planning Korea also mentions in its press release that the design is sustainable, though doesn't expand on exactly how. Frankly though, making the buildings self-sufficient energy-wise is just one of a long list of obstacles preventing the concept being realized. This one's probably best filed under food-for-thought.

Source: Planning Korea

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6 comments
rgorman
Gosh! 41,882 square feet. Almost an acre.
Bill Bennett
Earthquake resistance?
potatochipzz
Looks like the cities in Dragon Ball Z.
Germano Pecoraro Designer
It may be an idea to dematerialize Building
windykites
The area shown in the visual image looks to me a lot bigger than 1 acre.
Let's hope the wind doesn't blow anywhere near this construction, if it ever got built. I cannot believe a design like this is structurally sound.
Douglas Bennett Rogers
This might work with a fiberglass pole and active stabilization in the bulb--very expensive!