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    The Sensual City path

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    The climate

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    Built landscapes

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    On the waterside

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    In the sky

    The skyline has become one of our urban horizons, creating a new familiarity. The term, previously reserved for American metropolises, now applies to all large vertical cities throughout the entire world.
    The skyline is a landscape created by those looking at it. It cannot exist without spectators who break down, frame and reassemble disparate architectural motifs into a coherent whole based on the singularity of their appreciation. The pleasure of the skyline, rather than resting in its size, lies in the individual’s understanding of its composition.
    There is also the specific pleasure of appreciating the city as a stage setting and a panorama. This enjoyment is also provided by the contrast between the context of the observer’s viewpoint and that of the sheer size of the skyline to be contemplated.
    But the skyline can also become a source of anxiety. The construction of skyscrapers completely reorganises the urban landscape and upsets, occasionally violently, it’s associated historic representations. This is why the skyline has become as much an object of discussion as it is a source of contemplation.
    When discussing town planning, it is now essential to incorporate ideas concerning city skylines. The challenge lies in sharing points of view and agreeing on how the sky should be broken up. While the ground level and buildings all have owners, the views of the city belong to everyone. In cities, the “right to have views” should now be taken into consideration as, quite clearly, the urban landscape is a shared asset.

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        Competition │ Helsinki │ Finland │ 2014

        This building is a narrative on the city, its climate, its materials… and on art today and the ways it is promoted by Guggenheim. The climate is not a constraint, but a keystone of the spatial experience. The sky is our façade, the shadows our spaces… The sun’s rays are “caught” and reflected by a textured material. It is a reflection not just of the nearby buildings and trees, but also of the changing light and skies. We are inspired by the beauty of skies as depicted in Kaurismaki’s films. The building’s skin, incorporating a canvas of mirrors, lies between dawn and dusk, lightness and darkness, capturing the night lights. Inside, visitors are guided by a dramatic narrative: the building’s spaces react to people’s movements through a succession of sequences. As an event platform, it expresses the creativity of this design capital, embracing the city, forging links with its many galleries.

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        23 KM AND 24 TOTEMS

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    Movement and balance

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    The materiality of cities

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