Paris Brut by Zupagrafika features paper cutout models of Brutalist buildings in the French capital.

Paper Cutout Models Put a Playful Spin on Brutalist Architecture in Paris

Paper Cutout Models Put a Playful Spin on Brutalist Architecture in Paris

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May 23 2016 8:52 AM

Paper Cutout Models Put a Playful Spin on Brutalist Architecture in Paris

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Paris Brut by Poland-based creative studio Zupagrafika features cutout paper models of Brutalist architecture in France.

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Poland-based studio Zupagrafika has a thing for modernist and Brutalist architecture. And to share that passion, it has created playful illustrated paper cutout models of Brutalist buildings in London; modernist buildings in Warsaw; and a new series, Paris Brut, featuring Brutalist architecture from the 1950s–70s located in the city center and outlying banlieues.

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Printed on recycled paper and cardboard, the collection includes models of six buildings: the Orgues de Flandre, Les Choux de Créteil, the Cité Curial-Michelet, the Cité des 4000, the Centre National de la Danse, and Le Corbusier’s unrealized Plan Voisin.

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The studio points out that the concrete blocks of Cité des 4000, Les Choux de Créteil, Cité Curial-Michelet, and Orgues de Flandre towers were meant to provide housing for a rapidly growing population. “Soon, however, some of these urbanizations became affected with social problems and gained off-limits status,” they write in a project description, adding that “the 1990s and 2000s brought renovation and demolition frenzy in France, and the spectacularly blown-up slabs of Cité des 4000 became a metaphor of the fall of urban dreams of functional concrete homes for [the] middle and working class.”

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Paris Brut “pays special tribute to those unfulfilled modernist ideas” by including a paper cutout recreation of Le Corbusier’s 1925 Plan Voisin, which was designed as a solution to the housing crisis in the center of Paris. But the designers say that renovations have saved architect Jacques Kalisz’s 1972 building located in Pantin, which has been Centre National de la Danse since 2003.

Paris Brut is available for puchase in Zupagrafika’s online shop.

Kristin Hohenadel's writing on design has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Fast Company, Vogue, Elle Decor, Lonny, and Apartment Therapy.