Brutalist Paris Papercraft


Neue Bastelbögen brutalistischer Architektur vom polnischen Designstudio Zupagrafika, nach London und Katowice haben sie diesmal brutale Betonklötze aus Paris gepapercraftet. Gibt's in ihrem Shop für nen Sechser pro Bastelbogen.


A collection of illustrated paper cut-out models portraying brutalist architecture of Paris from late 1950s-1970s. The series features buildings scattered around the City of Paris` arrondissements, as well as the infamous "banlieues" built over newly incorporated suburbs which quickly became a playground for the HLM office (Habitation à Loyer Modéré) pioneering "rent-controlled" housing in Paris.

brutThe concrete blocks of Cité des 4000, round towers of Les Choux de Créteil, Cité Curial-Michelet - largest estate of Paris, and high-rise Orgues de Flandre towers, were to provide thousands of new homes for the rapidly growing population. Soon however, some of these urbanizations became affected with social problems and gained off-limits status. 1990s and 2000s brought renovation and demolition frenzy in France, and the spectacularly blown-up slabs of Cité des 4000 became a metaphor of the fall of urban dreams of functional concrete homes for middle and working class.

Paris Brut pays special tribute to those unfullfilled modernist ideas with a free recreation of Le Corbusier`s 1925 Plan Voisin - seminal solution for the centre of Paris. On the other hand, Paris has had in stock perfect examples of "béton brut" constructions which after redecoration gained second life and are still being marvelled at. The Kalisz´s building, since 2003 home to Le Centre National de la Danse, is a perfect case in point.

The collection is made up of six illustrated models to assemble: Orgues de Flandre, Les Choux de Créteil, Cité Curial-Michelete, Cité des 4000, Centre National de la Danse and Plan Voisin interpretation. The whole set is Eco-friendly - printed on recycled paper and cardboard, and includes a short technical note on the architects, year of construction and exact location of each building.