Forget the blocky, monolithic buildings of yesteryear—urban dwellers in Paris could soon be living in futuristic and glazed pod-shaped habitats. Seoul-based architecture group Planning Korea envisioned L’air Nouveau de Paris (the new air of Paris), an egg-shaped development created for the international ‘Reinvent Paris’ call for ideas. The proposed mixed-use development features a series of interconnected pods elevated atop stilts, with each pod housing a variety of residential, retail, and office units.
Last fall, Paris’s mayor Anne Hidalgo launched ‘Reinvent Paris,’ an “urban experiment of unprecedented magnitude” that invited architects from around the world to creatively reimagine 23 diverse sites around the city. Planning Korea rose to that challenge with their proposed L’air Nouveau de Paris project to be located above the Boulevard Périphérique ring road in the city’s 17th arrondissement. The design of the egg-shaped glass capsules contrast sharply with the city’s surrounding neoclassical buildings.
The organic forms of complex microorganisms inspired Planning Korea’s design. The mixed-use pods are interconnected to promote relationships and collaboration throughout the development. The egg-shaped forms are almost fully glazed to provide 360-degree panoramic views over the city.