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Paris ponders creating an underground city

The city has roughly 186 miles of tunnels and 32 square miles of subterranean quarries to work with. And they’re the focus of the mayor’s new architecture competition, Reinventing Paris.

Paris’s 19th-century National Library dazzles after renovation

Perhaps the world’s most revered library—and certainly the one most studied by architects-in-training—is the now-renovated National Library of France, in Paris, designed by Henri Labrouste and built in the mid-19th century.

Parisian fixer-upper dream apartment yours for under $1M

Whether it’s midcentury estates or French chateaus, we love a good fixer upper. This flat, covering about 1,550 square feet and chock full of drool-worthy details, is another good one.

Paris’s new public urinals turn pee into fertilizer

Will these flower-topped receptacles prove effective in the city’s fight against public urination?

New Parisian bar is an underground shrine to whisky

If being trapped underground with over 1,000 bottles of whisky is your idea of great fun, then Paris’s new Golden Promise whisky bar is sure to delight. Located in the 2nd arrondissement, this place is one arched basement put to good use.

The converted industrial loft gets cool Parisian twist

In Paris, local firm Festen Architecture and Italian studio Amibis collaborated on this 1,830 square-foot loft near the City of Light’s Place de la République.

Paris’s iconic Centre Pompidou will get $106M revamp

The renovation effort won’t replace the museum’s signature exterior "caterpillar" escalators, but rather replace aging elements of the exterior alongside an interior refresh.

The Eiffel Tower is getting a $321 million renovation

Angling for the 2024 Olympics and 2025 World’s Fair, Paris announced plans to modernize its iconic landmark. Improvements include updating the elevators, twinkling lights, and visitor facilities, plus stronger security.

Paris mayor wants to ban cars in city’s center to combat pollution woes

It’s an escalation of recently announced anti-pollution measures, part of a campaign called "Paris Breathes."

Is Paris losing residents because of Airbnb?

Between 2009 and 2014, about 13,000 people left the City of Lights and some Paris officials are placing blame on the short-term rental company.

Futuristic gym boat would have exercisers sailing down the Seine

The idea is to harness the energy of gym rats to activate electric propellers. That’s some next-level pedal boating.

Paris bans cars for third day to help curb crippling air pollution

Paris prohibited cars from going the roads on Tuesday and Wednesday depending on whether their license plates ended in even or odd numbers, and will continue to do so on Thursday.

Eclectic Paris hotel takes cues from '70s soul and funk music

Graphic tiles, vibrant wallpapers, and classic architectural elements like picture frame moldings create an eclectic but decidedly Parisian atmosphere.

Chic Paris apartment offers practical small-space ideas

In order to eke out as much space from the expansion as possible, the studio designed the most minimalist, discreet connection between the two floors as possible.

Sculptures subtly scare in new Paris exhibit

Sometimes what is most frightening is not what’s bloody or supernatural or traditionally spooky, but instead what’s banal and slightly off-kilter.

New Hotel Panache in Paris lives up to its moniker

Here’s yet another pretty Paris hotel designed by Dorothee Meilichzon to inspire your next decorating project—or simply provide a lovely pictorial distraction.

Prefab house in Paris gardens took two days to build

French architect Jean Nouvel has constructed an elegant, modular home as part of FIAC.

Refreshing home outside of Paris makes ingenious use of bookshelves

We’ve seen our share of enviable built-in bookshelf situations, but this home outside of Paris has turned us absolutely green-eyed with its ingenious, multi-purpose use of book storage.

4 Art Deco decor ideas to steal from a chic Parisian hotel

For those looking for inspiration, Hotel Bachaumont also offers up plenty of chic and somewhat daring ideas for taking your space to the next level.

1800s Paris home gets fresh modern revamp

The owners—a couple and their two children—asked the Spanish studio 05 AM Arquitectura to add a contemporary aesthetic to the house’s traditional layout and original features.

Paris storefronts take center stage in charming photos

The project aims to tell the story of City of Lights through the facades, window displays and signage of its storefronts.

Elevated walkway provides peaceful, tree-lined respite outside of Paris

Geneva-based industrial design studio Compagnie des Rues has created "La rue des utopies," an elevated wooden promenade that snakes through a grove of lime trees as part of a biennial of creative public furniture meant to diversify the architecture of La Défense.

Charming artist’s studio in Paris lets you live the bohemian life you always wanted

Located in the 14th arrondissement on the famous Villa-d'Alésia street, where artists Henri Matisse and Auguste-Leroux once lived, the 81-square-meter (or 872-square-foot) two story residence features a versatile living area on the ground floor and a whimsical mezzanine level on the second.

Escher-like stairs connect this dynamic Paris housing complex

Helmed by local firm AAVP Architecture, the structure accommodates a large gymnasium and 69 apartment units arrayed amid a dynamic series of porticos, balconies, passageways, footbridges, staircases, and other outdoor space.

Bastille Day 2016: 5 Paris apartments with serious style

As Bastille Day celebrations kick off around the world—from Belgium to Vancouver, British Columbia, and many places in between—we’re taking a look at the classic-meets-modern Paris apartments we’ve recently featured on our pages.

OMA designs sleek new flagship store for an Italian jeweler

The retail space occupies the historic Place Vendôme with other jewelers like Cartier, so the architects wanted to create an interior space that was unlike that of its neighbors.

There is an semi-abandoned replica of Paris in China and it’s incredible

The project might not have gone as planned, but it makes a great backdrop for a music video.

New Art Deco themed hotel opens in Paris

Helmed by Milan-based Dimorestudio, the interior renovation of the 1791-built structure took two years, resulting in 26 rooms across five floors that feature vibrant jewel tones and chic art-deco-meets-1970s style.

Louvre cafe reopens with whimsical orb-like pink lamps

The Louvre has reopened its Café Mollien, and this time, the open plan space features three lovely lamps that curve over a section of the space like massive lady bell flowers.

Artist Olafur Eliasson Fills Versailles With Dazzling Art Installations

The works, include outdoor pieces—like Waterfall, pictured here—and ones inside the palace, all of which center on a theme of water and are designed to play with visitors' sense of space and scale.

Legendary Hotel Ritz Paris to Reopen After Extensive Renovation

The iconic Hôtel Ritz Paris is finally reopening its doors on June 6 after a four-year renovation. Located on the Place Vendôme, it has been called home and favorite local hangout by many a star, including the one and only Coco Chanel.

These Colorful Geometric Tables Are Works of Art

Sometimes furniture and other functional objects can crossover into the realm of art. These colorful, abstract, geometric tables from Milan-based designers Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran of Dimorestudio do just that.

12 Designy Toys to Spark Your Creativity

What would toys created by designers—and not professional toy makers—look like?

Tiny Attic Studio Gets Efficient, Modern Revamp

This recent renovation project in Paris shows how a few simple ideas can dramatically reshape a cramped space for efficient, small living. There are a few transforming elements, of course.

The Louvre's Iconic Pyramid Disappears in New Optical Illusion Art

In a bit of architectural sleight of hand, French artist JR is sheathing the Louvre's glass pyramidal visitors pavilion with a wallpaper-like covering that mirrors the historic building behind it.

Airy Paris Apartment Is Picture-Perfect After Renovation

As satisfying as tiny Paris pads can be, it's never not great to indulge in a classic Paris apartment that can really spread out and bask in all the space and light. Here's a swoon-worthy example.

Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton Gets a Kaleidoscopic Color Treatment

French artist Daniel Buren has given his signature color treatment to Frank Gehry'sFondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, and, mon dieu, is it a showstopper.

Striking Housing Complex Outside Paris Features Wraparound Arcades

Europe continues to innovate when it comes to housing design

5 Renovation and Decor Tips From Chic Paris Apartments

With housing stock made up largely of historic buildings in various states of repair, and an entrenched, vibrant design scene, Paris is chock-full of eye-candy—and renovation inspiration.