Imagine Paris and no doubt, your mind will instantly fill with sun-dappled images of Haussmann buildings and old-fashioned romance. But in truth, modern-day Paris offers much more than just vintage glamour. This is a city boasting an incomparable sense of old meeting new, offering some of the most stylishly modern architecture around. So without further ado, we take a look at some of the most intriguing and unusual buildings you’ll find in the City of Love.

1. Ministère de la culture et de la communication

Paris-Ministère de la culture et de la communication-Ministry of Culture and Communications

When the Ministry of Culture and Communication relocated their offices to two adjoining buildings near the Louvre in 2006, they faced one problem: the first building was a classic Parisian beauty built in 1919, whilst the second was a simple office block dating back to 1960. Tasked with creating a concept to combine the two in a way that would place equal importance on both, top architect Francis Soler wrapped both buildings in one unifying façade: a stylish metal lattice. Striking yet unobtrusive, the façade cleverly unites the two offices in the most simple of ways.