Innovating the Present by Preserving the Past

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You don’t have to be a professional architect or designer to appreciate the splendor of Parisian architecture. Unlike many modern cities, Paris didn’t tear down the old to build the new. While some lesser sound buildings have succumbed to the tests of time, many of Paris’ architecture remains intact. Not only has Paris preserved over 1,000 years of building and architecture, they have left it visible, viable, and essential to the way the city operates today.

 

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A millennium of Parisian history is reflected in its buildings: from the massive stone churches of the Medieval era, to the pointed arches and flying buttresses of the gothic period; from Renaissance buildings that pay homage to the human form, to the architectural symmetry and Mansard roofs of the Baroque; from the art nouveau Metro entrances, to the modern glass pyramid of the Louvre.  Parisian buildings have always been a reflection of not just political, social and economic trends, but of the unique and charismatic leaders who have risen to power.

 

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Perhaps the most impressive feature of Parisian architecture is how the city has embraced adaptive reuse of its historic buildings.  Churches have been converted to apartments, train stations have been turned into museums, old warehouses are home to restaurants, offices and art studios. This adaptive reuse is also reflected of the current political, social and economic environment, as Parisian architects work to introduce sustainability and green building into these historic buildings.

Paris is a stunning example of the blending of old and new that we at Ferrarini & Company embrace in our luxury designs.  You don’t have to tear out the history of your home to make it modern and fresh. Maybe you have exposed brick, original beams, or stained-glass windows that you love.  Keep them! We can work them into a custom design for your space. Let us help you preserve the history of your home, so you can add to it for decades to come.

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