Doomsday Architecture: Snøhetta's Design for Le Monde's HQ Is Surprisingly Dystopian

Rachel B. Doyle
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Rendering by Snøhetta

Looking more like a set from next Batman movie than the headquarters of France's most respected newspaper, the just-released renderings of Le Monde's future office depict a bridge-like building with a "pixelated matrix of glass" for the façade. It was just announced that the newspapers' mammoth new office in Paris will be designed by the Norwegian starchitecture firm Snøhetta, which won the bid after going up against heavyweights like Rem Koolhaas, Renzo Piano, Shigeru Ban, and David Chipperfield.

The circular winning design is somewhat reminiscent of Snøhetta's plan for Obama's presidential library in Hawaii, but is noticeably more dystopian. According to the architects, the building's shape "represents the bridge between Le Monde and its readers," but "instead of water passing under the bridge, we have created a public open space; a plaza in two connected halves."

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Rendering by Snøhetta

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Rendering by Snøhetta

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Rendering by Snøhetta

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Rendering by Snøhetta

· Snohetta Wins Competition to Design Le Monde Headquarters in Paris [Design Boom]
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