From this simplest necessity to the highest religious abstraction, from the wheel to the skyscraper, everything we are and we have comes from a single attribute of man -the function of his reasoning mind.” - Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead
Paris is home to a number of architectural jewels right from the middle ages upto the 21st Century - from Gothic Churches to Renaissance houses & hotels, 
neo-classical mansions to train stations & the belle epoque parks, and then post-war Modernism leading to Contemporary. In the years after World War II, modernism became the official style for public buildings, not only because it happened to be trendy, but also because it was less expensive to build. Simple geometric forms functionality were given precedence in design while ornamentation took a back seat. Good examples of this style are buildings like the Villa Savoye in Poissy by Le Corbusier , & Oscar Niemeyer ’s Le Siège du Parti Communiste Français .Post 2000, Parisian architecture started to be very diverse with the likes of Jean Nouvel redefining boundaries. Here is a small selection of some of these innovative new buildings in and around Paris - as living proof of the wonders of the human mind, and as a tribute to Paris as a patron.