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  • seandodson 9:22 pm on September 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 20th arrondissement, , france, , Le Flèche d’Or, mama shelter, , paris hotel, philippe starck, review of mama shelter, Saint Blaise, tourism,   

    Mama Shelter: new hotel in Paris is perfect for that long night’s jouney into day 

    Mama Shelter is a new hotel that opened last week in the 20th arrondissement in Paris. Situated in an emerging neighbourhood of Saint Blaise, and designed by Philippe Starck, its clearly styled to attract a nightclubbing crowd. The rooms are spartanly decorated: a mixture of exposed concrete, mirrored surfaces and expensive Apple wall-mounted iMacs. And like most nocturnal life in the city, it’s pretty dark inside the Shelter, which is all the better to appreciate the Superman mask bedside lamps (right) which are a nice touch. Indeed, Mama Shelter seems purpose-built as a place to recover from a long night at Le Flèche d’Or, the quarter’s legendary rock and electro club which is just across the street. Hotel guests get to jump the queue and there’s the weekly programme of the live acts appearing at the club scrawled on a large mirror on each floor of the hotel to entice you over.

    Rooms start at just 79 euros, which is excellent value for a such a design-led hotel, although there’s an extra charge for breakfast. But then again, if you have been up half the night, do you want to spend time and money munching croissants anyway?

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  • seandodson 1:19 am on March 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , eiffel tower, france, , redesign, serero   

    Eiffel redesign will tower above Paris … but why does it need it? 


    In 1980, the BBC played an April Fool on the world by saying that Big Ben was to be replaced with a digital readout, the corporation’s Japanese service even going as far to announce that the arms of the world-famous clock would go on sale, which apparently solicited a few bids. You could be forgiven for thinking that April had come early this year when you lean that another world-famous building was about to receive a makeover. It’s just been announced in Paris, that the Eiffel Tower is planning a major redesign of its viewing platform, something that will alter the Parisian skyline as dramatically as a digital clock over Westminster.

    Serero Architecture Research Group has won a competition to attach a cantilevered carbon fibre platform to the top of one of the world’s truly iconic buildings. It’s certainly a beautiful structure, reminiscent of the underside of a chanterelle mushroom, or perhaps the twirling petticoats beneath a can-can skirt. It’s temporary structure is also in keeping with the spirit of the original, but does Gustaf Eiffel’s tower remotely need it? Redesigning it is not so much a case of gilding the lilly, as retrofitting the rose.

    • Annie 6:32 pm on March 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      It’s for 1 year only and is for the 120th anniversary of the tower.

    • Gray 7:00 pm on March 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      despite what everyone says on Digg [http://digg.com/design/Redesigning_the_Eiffel_Tower_PICS], besides the fact the tower is square-ish, the top they propose is… organic-ish (for the lack of better terminology), i think it’s a unique idea. here’s the official website’s images [http://www.serero.com/projects/eiffel/index.htm]

      i’m just wondering what the other entries might look like.

    • SHWETA PARIDA 8:03 pm on March 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with you and it’s indeed a valid question whether the redesign is a justifiable exercise. Not unless you wanted a Moulin Rouge-esque experience in the sky!

    • Happy Hotelier 3:50 pm on March 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply


      David Serero, principal of Serero Architects, said in a telephone interview that his firm’s proposal was merely a spontaneous design it had submitted to the Eiffel Tower management group in view of the tower’s approaching 120th anniversary and, he said, was neither a response to a design competition nor solicited by the tower’s management.

      The Guardian’s Web site reported Monday that the Eiffel Tower’s management group, the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel, had approved a temporary restructuring of the observation platform, which would alter the tower’s overall shape. After the report was picked up by other news organizations, the management group said that it had never solicited a redesign and that it envisaged no changes to the tower’s appearance.

      Mr. Serero said his firm submitted unsolicited designs and put them on the Web, where they were later seen by news organizations.

      Quote from NYT

    • Alissa Walker 1:26 am on April 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Sean, I’m writing a story about this saga for the website Core77.com. I’d love to hear your side of the story. Can you email me at alissa AT gelatobaby.com if you’re game? Thanks! Alissa

    • Heartburn Home Remedy 11:32 am on April 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Not that I’m impressed a lot, but this is a lot more than I expected for when I found a link on Digg telling that the info is awesome. Thanks.

    • Rapidtravelinfo 8:46 am on October 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The design of the upper portion of the tower looks consistent with the rest of the tower. I suggest adding a bungy jumping platform on the side of the platform. This would be an awesome spectacle similar to New Zealand tourism ventures.

    • seandodson 9:44 am on October 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Believe me, there have been times when I’ve thought of jumping off the platform of the tower, sans bungee

    • Jerry 5:32 am on May 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Ugly alert.

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