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In 1919 Louis Renault, a talented engineer and head of the « Société des Automobiles Renault» began to aquire the “Île Seguin“, an island in the river Seine in the southwest area of Paris. At first, this land was supposed to become a recreational area for the workers of the nearby Renault..

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Mannheim Multihalle

Mannheim, Germany
by Frei Otto

The multi-purpose hall built for the Federal Garden Show in Mannheim in 1975 is regarded as the world's largest wooden lattice shell construction. One of the most important facts about the Multihalle is the generation process of the pavilion, based on a Gridshell.

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Olympiapark

Munich, Germany
by Frei Otto, ...

After the International Olympic Committee in 1966 awarded Munich the Olympic Games, plans were solidified for the urban redevelopment of Oberwiesenfeld, an area which up until 1939, had been used as an airfield but remained largely vacant thereafter. The olympic park was designed along the the..

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Tuwaiq Palace

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
by Frei Otto

Tuwaiq Palace is located on a plateau on the northwest side of Riyadh’’s diplomatic quarter, where it enjoys an impressive view over the city and out to the Wadi-Hanifa beyond. It was originally designed as a diplomatic club but is now used by the Saudi Government as a hospitality center that..

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During the 1970s, most of the bands played under generic roofs made from scaffolding and tarp, that were not appealing visually, so Pink Floyd set out to create something different to perform under. Frei Otto and Ted Happold were called upon to design the concert stage with big umbrellas that..

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Louvre Pyramid

Paris, France
by I. M. Pei

The Louvre Pyramid (Pyramide du Louvre) is a large glass and metal pyramid, surrounded by three smaller pyramids, in the main courtyard (Cour Napoléon) of the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre) in Paris. The large pyramid serves as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum. Completed in 1989, it has..

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Centre Pompidou

Paris, France
by Gianfranco Franchini, ...

In 1970 an international architectural competition was launched based on a program to build a cultural and arts complex in the centre of historic Paris set out by French President Georges Pompidou. Chaired by the French architect Jean Prouvé, the prize-winners selected by the jury were Renzo..

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