Flying Houses by
Laurent Chéhère


The residential buildings of Paris appear to be sailing through the sky like kites in these dream-like images created by French photographer Laurent Chéhère (+ slideshow).

Flying Houses by Laurent Chéhère

"All these flying houses are the fruits of my travels in the popular districts of Paris; Ménilmontant and Belleville," Laurent Chéhère told Dezeen, explaining how he manipulated photographs of real buildings to create impossible images inspired by "the poetic vision of the old Paris."

Flying Houses by Laurent Chéhère

Some of the buildings pictured look just like typical houses, while others boast unusual features like a giant window or wonky walls.

Flying Houses by Laurent Chéhère

"Sometimes I use the realistic, metaphoric, symbolic and subjective, if it is necessary to tell a story," said the artist.

Flying Houses by Laurent Chéhère

One image shows a circus tent, with juggling sticks and balls falling out of its open base (above), while another shows a caravan gliding through the sky (below).

Flying Houses by Laurent Chéhère

A house on fire is pictured in one shot (below), while traces of life can be spotted in some of the other residences, such as smoke billowing from chimneys and legs hanging out of a window.

Flying Houses by Laurent Chéhère

"I tried to get these sad houses out of the anonymity of the street, to help them to tell their story, true or fantasised," said Chéhère.

Flying Houses by Laurent Chéhère

The images are on show at the Galerie Paris-Beijing in Paris until 8 December.

Flying Houses by Laurent Chéhère

See more manipulated photography on Dezeen, including images of buildings pulled apart.

Flying Houses by Laurent Chéhère

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Here's some more information about the exhibition from Galerie Paris-Beijing:

Flying Houses

Galerie Paris-Beijing is pleased to present the work of the French photographer Laurent Chéhère.

Flying Houses by Laurent Chéhère

Employing traditional photography and digital manipulation, his surreal series, Flying Houses, elevates architecture to a new level. The artist takes a variety of residential structures out of their defining neighbourhood backdrops. Released from their choked streets, the houses float amidst the clouds, like kites.

Flying Houses by Laurent Chéhère

Inspired by the poetic vision of the old Paris and by the famous short-length film The Red Balloon directed by Albert Lamorisse, Laurent Chéhère has strolled around the Belleville and Ménilmontant neighbourhoods, glancing at their typical and "tired" houses.

Flying Houses by Laurent Chéhère

Captured mid-journey, moving above the clouds as they remain tethered out of frame, like balloons to their thin strings, these old edifices glide high above the surface, revealing their hidden beauty.

Flying Houses by Laurent Chéhère

Some of flying houses are adorned with clotheslines and flowers pots, while others carry signs and businesses away from the fire flames… All of them seem to find a second life, uprooted from their native city and heading for other skies.

Flying Houses by Laurent Chéhère

Laurent Chéhère's Flying Houses are a real invitation to travel and a metaphor of the fleetingness of the world that allow us to plunge into a dreamlike and moving world full of cheerfulness and humour.

Flying Houses by Laurent Chéhère

Laurent Chéhère (Paris, 1972) is an award-winning creative advertiser and tireless traveller. From Shanghai to Valparaiso, from La Paz to Lhasa, from Bamako to Bogota, he feeds his imagination and gives us his view of the world.

Flying Houses by Laurent Chéhère

He loves exploring the cities, suburbs, countries, as he likes to explore all fields of photography from reportage to conceptual image. Laurent Chéhère exposed the series Flying Houses at Dock en Seine City of Fashion and Design in June 2012 where he won the Prix Special. The series is being shown in China at the 2012 Pingyao International Photography Festival.

Flying Houses by Laurent Chéhère

From Thursday 25th October to Saturday 8th December 2012.

Galerie Paris-Beijing
54, rue du Vertbois
75003 Paris

  • sara

    Where are the balloons?!

  • Larias

    Property prices have gone sky high.

  • Great way to experience architecture. Love the way the modern environment that the houses were photographed in adds a twist to the French architecture, not to mention a touch of Photoshop.

  • oli

    Fantastic work! Very poetic with a great sense of beauty.

  • burkhard

    Norwegian electro-popsters Röyksopp already did this in their video to “What else is there” in 2005.

    • GotLaid ?

      Somebody already made a comment similar to yours in some other post somewhere on Dezeen. You just cost me some time: please forward a billing address for my time.

  • Disa

    I love it! Very poetic.

  • They make me smile. May have to plagiarize them and do one of my own house (for my own amusement only!)

  • So good! Wish I thought of that first.

  • guest

    Reminds me of Harry Potter.