La Tour Eiffel. 125 Years Of Love

Glimpse Of The Tour Eiffel
Glimpse Of The Tour Eiffel

Paris is an old romantic man. Two things distinguish him as french: a baguette under the arm and a revolutionary spirit in the chest. A bit Bohemian, a bit Jacobin, but with one motto: liberté, egualité, fraternité.

Like all men – or all lovers I should say – he has two weaknesses: absinth and women. But it is known that every Casanova has one true love.

Paris’ everlasting one is a lanky old lady with an iron soul.
In her early years, she was criticised for her avant-garde personality: a bit too strong, a bit too modern. As time went by, confidence grew and she was ready to impress. Her vanity and diversity made her famous worldwide. Now, she is a front cover diva and her photographs are plastered all over magazines and postcards.

View From The Trocadero
View From The Trocadero

Paris observes her everyday from dawn to dusk. For 125 years, he awaited the right moment to make his move, but the time has not come yet. She towers above him like no other. Rising to the top of the Trocadero steps would not be enough to reach her height. Maybe he will never kiss her, but from there he can enjoy her best view.

His love is secret and endless. A love that will last forever.

A Love That Lasts Forever
A Love That Lasts Forever

Central Saint Martins. A Liberty Square

Old Granary Building
Old Granary Building

Architecture is art, and in art lies its completeness. In Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, the two disciplines work one in function to the other. The building is like a Rubik’s cube in which all faces have the same colour: the solutions are endless and they all work. The school is designed to change, depending on the needs of the students. The interior is indefinite, with soft temporary walls that allow the campus to morph in the future.

The form of the building derives from its function, and it is achieved through a well thought process of subtraction. This process of subtraction leads to the creation of a series of empty spaces: the heart and soul of the building.

The first atrium, which connects the old granary building to the new structure, does not only belong to students, but also to the community. The space is used in all manner of ways, an arena for the annual student fashion show or a friendly game of table tennis.

The second central atrium belongs fully to the school. It is a stage where the students are the actors and the different disciplines the main characters. On that stage they interact, come together, learn from each other, they take form and ownership. Ownership of the space, of the primitive mass.

The apex of functionality is that central empty space: a space of collaboration and dialogue.

A liberty square where ideas, creativity and art are the motto.