Before winning the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2000, architect Rem Koolhaas and his OMA architecture firm gave a blighted section of Lille new life with a dazzling plan for urban development around the Euralille railway.
Lille, France sits at the hub of three great cities: London (80 minutes away), Paris (60 minutes away), and Brussels (35 minutes). The master plan created a dazzling entertainment and residential complex centered around the Koolhaas-designed Grand Palais, also known as Congrexpo.
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In 2006, architect Jean Nouvel used color to dramatize the diverse collection housed in the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, France. He also played architectural tricks with glass walls, shifting ceiling heights, spiral staircases, and concealed lights.
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A trip to Paris is not complete without a day at the Palace of Versailles, just 20 minutes from the City via the RER C local train line.
The lavish Hall of Mirrors shown here defined the French Baroque style with large curved forms, twisted columns, and trompe l’oeil paintings. But, perhaps even more fascinating than its architecture is the complicated history that took place within the gilded walls.
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Photo: La Grande Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors), Chateau de Versailles. Image by Myrabella (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons