Tous Le Jour: Some Parisian architectural marvels

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Paris is the home to everything beautiful. Starting from dozens of museums glorifying the contribution of France to the world of arts, countless café philosophiques scattered in every corner that continues the tradition of meaningful discussions, and street musicians everywhere serving as the scoring to your own imaginary film shot in Paris—the city cradles numerous great minds that contributed to the betterment of the world in general. One striking visual appeal of Paris that never wears out will always be the architecture of the city. Be it the baroque apartments lined up in most Parisian streets or numerous Art Noveau and Art Deco buildings that emerged only in the 20th century, the city’s architectural marvels exhibit the country’s profound love for the arts. To celebrate the beauty and splendor of architecture in Paris, here are some of the structures around Paris with magnificent architecture.

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1. Aviation Club de France

Still alive and hosting countless poker games since 1907, the Aviation Club de France has always been an institution not just in the French poker scene but also in the architecture of the city. While it may look like an ordinary French apartment from the outside, the inside is totally overhauled to suit the modern taste of newer poker players. While some parts of the Aviation have been totally rehashed, other sections of the famous poker room in France still sports the elegant parlors where baroque architecture entices players into spending more. Despite the surge of many smaller poker rooms in the city, the Aviation still proved to the international poker scene that the phrase “oldie but goodie” still holds true even in today’s times of technology. If you cannot find time to visit the Aviation, or any poker house for that matter, you can always fire up your laptop and visit partypoker for the same high-octane and exhilarating poker action.

2. Louvre Pyramid

I.M. Pei, the literal and figurative architect of the Louvre Pyramid, worked on many famous projects such as Miho Museum in Japan, John F. Kennedy Library in Massachusetts, and the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar aside from the glass and steel pyramid in the Louvre. Aside from being the newest landmark in Paris, it also serves as the new entrance to the different sections of the Louvre, when the old gates proved to be too crowded due to the unending flux of tourists. The pyramid, which uses more than 600 glass panels and tons of steel frames, provides natural light to the underground lobbies that lead directly to the museum.

3. Villa Savoye

Originally built as a retreat house for the Savoye family, Villa Savoye is a structure that looks way ahead of its time. Designed by Le Corbusier as a retreat for the Savoye family and built between 1928 and 1931, Villa Savoye ushered the era of International Style, a precursor to modernist architecture. Using concrete and glass to construct an eco-sensitive house scores of years before the trend even kicked in, Savoye became one of the purest forms of International Style where its tenets are “ornament is a crime, truth to materials, and form follows function.”

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