Arquitectum recently announced the Paris 2009 International Architecture Competition to be held from May to August of this year. The competition proposes a reinterpretation of ‘the new Moulin Rouge‘, the most famous cabaret in the world and an important piece of Parisian life.
In the quest for the perfect show, a new space must be designed that incorporates the latest tendencies for the dance school and all its installations. This new space should support the quality of the show and the performance of the dancers. The competition presents an opportunity to propose a new vision for a long standing tradition.
From the organizers:
ARQUITECTUM, a company which organizes architecture competitions, is pleased to welcome architects from all over the world to the ‘PARIS 2009′ International Architecture Competition, to be held from May 2009 to July of the same year.
For its ‘PARIS 2009′ Competition, ARQUITECTUM proposes a reinterpretation of ‘the new Moulin Rouge’, the most famous cabaret in the world and a symbol of what is an important aspect of Parisian life.
In our quest for the perfect show, we propose the design of a new space incorporating the latest tendencies for the dance school and all its installations. This competition, presented by ARQUITECTUM, is a fantastic opportunity to propose a new vision which, in the future, will remain an important symbol, as well as ensuring the continued quality of the show and the performance of the dancers.
The objectives of the ‘PARIS 2009′ Competition are as follows:
*To bring together architectural ideas from around the world, enabling the selection of the best project to be located at the site occupied by the Moulin Rouge.
*To generate the discussion of ideas related to intervention in the case of buildings of historical importance.
*To provide contemporary solutions within the context of important historic settings.
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MOULIN ROUGE:
The Moulin Rouge, known throughout the world for its cancan dancers, has always provided a magnificent show for its audiences, and the painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec immortalized it all, from Valentin-le-Desosse and Goulues Quadrille to Redoutes and Operattas, from Colette to Mistinguett. The concept remains the same at Moulin Rouge: feathers, sequins and diamonds, fabulous makeup and original music, etc. Many international stars have performed on the Moulin Rouge stage, including Ella Fitzgerald, Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra and Elton John. They all gave great performances, following in the footsteps of celebrated French artists like Maurice Chevalier, Jean Gabin, Edith Piaf and Yves Montand. Over a period of 115 years, the world’s most legendary cabaret has attracted millions of spectators who have come to admire the famous shows. Aside from its value as a symbol, the Moulin Rouge also occupies a great location in Paris. With the aim of adding something to the magical world of the Moulin Rouge, the intention is to create a dance school, together with other attractions for tourists.
The Moulin Rouge has been restored and redecorated by the best interior architects and designers several times during the last 100 years, and it is located in the district of Pigalle.
Henri Toulouse-Lautrec had his studio in Pigalle, as did other artists like Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and Maurice Neumont. It was also the home of the Grande Guignol Theater, which closed in 1962 but remains an important historical monument. For a long time, this neighborhood has been popular as a meeting place for the most daring sections of the public, attracted by its cabarets and nudist bars.
PROGRAM AND USES:
The Moulin Rouge is divided into 2 sections which can be seen in the illustration below. One of these (Section A) is the current main entrance to the exhibition room. The new project will be located in Section B, where the factory is located. This may be retained, moved, replaced or reformulated in accordance with the criteria of the individual contestant. The new building will include a dance school, museum, bookstore and cafeteria and be situated in Section B where the factory is currently located. Obviously, the new building should reflect the history of the site in one way or another, while bearing in mind that many visitors will come wanting to be surprised. It will have to be connected with the area which is currently used for the main shows and as a restaurant. The maximum size of the construction should not exceed the limits established by the illustrations.
The Moulin Rouge is located in a very touristy area. Particularly at night, the area where the Divan du Monde and the Moulin Rouge are located is very popular with visitors. The southern part of the Place Pigalle is dedicated to the sale of music and musical instruments associated with popular music.
The prizes awarded will be as follows:
*US $ 3,000; two flights to Paris to attend the awards ceremony and the exhibition of the competition’s winning proposals, to be held in September 2009.
*The winning project will be presented in a public ceremony at the Moulin Rouge itself.
*Accommodation for three nights for two people in the city of Paris.
*Conference for the architect on the day of the exhibition at the Moulin Rouge.
*200 copies of the exclusive ARQUITECTUM publication – called ‘PARIS 2009′ which will include all the competition’s winning projects (including the honorable mentions), as well as a profile (photos, career, description) of all the members of each team.
*A guided visit and architectural tour (led by an architect guide) of the most important examples of contemporary architecture in the city of Paris, such as:
- Le Corbusier’s París projects
- La Villete Park
- The district of La Defense
*US $ 1,000 (ONE THOUSAND US DOLLARS)
*100 copies of the exclusive ARQUITECTUM publication – called ‘PARIS 2009′ which will include all the competition’s winning projects (including the honorable mentions).
*50 copies of the exclusive ARQUITECTUM publication – called ‘PARIS 2009′ which will include all the competition’s winning projects (including the honorable mentions).
9 HONORABLE MENTIONS:
It should also be mentioned that each Honorable Mention will receive 15 copies of the competition’s winning projects (including the honorable mentions), as well as a profile (photos, career, description) of all the members of each team.
In addition, some of the Honorable Mentions will be published in other architectural magazines and websites around the world.
Submissions are being excepted now until August 10, 2009. The winners will be announced on August 21.
Further information about the competition: www.arquitectum.com