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French Architecture News

Architecture News for France arranged chronologically:

Jean-Claude Carrière Theatre, Montpellier, southern France – 7 Oct 2013
Design: A+Architecture
Jean-Claude Carrière Theatre
photo © Marie-Caroline Lucat

This a colourful new timber building in a lovely mature landscape site in the south of France. The style is based on the harlequin – the external faces and some of the interior is decorated with a diagonal timber lattice. The building promotes sustainable, low-energy design.

Albert Einstein High School, Bagnols sur Cèze, France – 4 Oct 2013
Design: NB Architectes
Albert Einstein High School France
photo : Paul Kozlowski

The High School Albert Einstein, Brassens site, is a vast building of the 60’s. Built following a strict and repetitive pattern, it is composed of large linear buildings from 60 to 80 m length and large metallic workshops surrounded by large dilated and unattractive space. Site’s analysis shows several functional gaps. Today it is important to change establishment’s image by the way of idea and contemporary vision.

MUCEM Museum, Marseille, southern France
Design: Rudy Ricciotti
Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations Marseille
photo : Gabrielle Voinot

The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations Marseille – 30 Sep 2013
The Museum is organised on three levels with an array of exhibitions, an auditorium and a bookstore. The rooftop is a particular feature and is set to become an iconic venue for the city with beautiful panoramic views of the sea and harbour. At night a lighting scheme designed by Yann Kersalé creates a magical atmosphere with shades of blue and turquoise.

Montlouis-sur-Loire Housing, northern France – 23 Aug 2013
Design: Renaud BROISSAND architect DPLG
Montlouis-sur-Loire Housing
photo © David BOUREAU and Courtesy of R. BROISSAND

These residential buildings are part of an ambitious urban study for the creation of a new town center – the Zone d’Aménagement Concertée (ZAC), a special planning district known as the “Heart of the City” – in this northern French town of 12,000 inhabitants. A vast area of land was made available before beginning this urban development project, which comprises a diverse range of residences and services surrounding a landscaped public park.

Municipal Offices in Lacq, northern France – 19 Aug 2013
Design: Architect Gilles Bouchez
Municipal Offices Lacq Region
photo © Arthur Péquin pour DuPont™ Corian® – all right reserved

Architect Gilles Bouchez has devised an ingenious and eye-catching solution to the problem of solar gain on the south facing side of his design for the new municipal office building in Lacq, France. Working closely with expert fabricators for DuPont™ Corian®, Crea Diffusion of Metz in France, he has exploited the multiple benefits and high-performance properties of the material to create a finely patterned and ‘invisibly’ fixed parasol which prevents excessive thermal gains while also allowing for a beautiful interplay of shadow and sunlight.

Presqu’ile de Caen Redevelopment, north west France – exclusive to e-architect
Design: MVRDV
Caen Masterplan La Grande Mosaique
image from architects

Caen Masterplan – 2 May 2013
La Grande Mosaique, MVRDV selected to transform 600ha former industry in Caen, Normandy. SPLA, the public development agency for the transformation of the Presqu’ile de Caen, has chosen MVRDV out of 3 competitors to transform the 600ha area consisting of former industry and ports. The MVRDV plan envisions the future of Caen Presqu’ile as a collection of gardens surrounded by intensified urban area. It envisions Caen as attractive city with a connection to the sea whilst interventions improve landscape, environment, mobility and connections. The project is planned to last ten years or longer.

EuropaCity, Paris / Roissy, northern France
Design: BIG
EuropaCity France
image from architect

EuropaCity France – 17 Apr 2013
The new urban center EuropaCity is located between Paris and Roissy in France’s most populated region Île-de-France. EuropaCity will offer a mixture of retail, culture and leisure on an unprecedented scale around the defining theme of the European urban experience, diversity and culture. The winning team was selected among proposals from Manuelle Gautrand, Snøhetta and Valode & Pistre.

French Building – Recent Designs

Refuge du Goûter, Saint Gervais Les Bains, south east France
Design: Déca-Laage + Groupe-H
French Alps Building
photo : Gudrun Bergdahl

Alps Building in France – 2 Apr 2013
To withstand the winds, we studied fluids mechanics and the aerodynamic properties of the exterior structure. Our research on convex structures lead us to decide on an el-lipse form, which, once projected into three dimensions, became a spheroid. The prin-cipal axis of the ellipse was placed facing the prevailing winds in order to deposit the snow in a snow melter at the back of the refuge.

Le Temps Machine, Joué-le-Tours, north west France
Design: Moussafir Architectes
Time Machine Building France
photo © Hervé Abbadie

The Time Machine France – 21 Mar 2013
An unusual conversion iof an existing building: the architects suggested maintaining the patio and some significant fragments of the structure, including that of the concert hall – an identity-shaping element of the old building. Highly prominent on the facade, this prow-like form once contained the audience seating. Today it houses a 150-strong cabaret-style space (the Club), while the Grand Hall for a standing audience of 650 is placed right behind it, with rehearsal rooms tucked below the Grand Hall.

Lycée René Goscinny, Alpes-Maritimes, south east France
Design: José Morales architecte
Lycée Régional René Goscinny Nice
photo : Philippe Ruault

Lycée René Goscinny – 22 Feb 2013
The project site is part of an already settled area where valleys have been deeply sculpted by water over time. The building has been designed to reflect the story of that environment and seeks to tie in with all of these interwoven rich territories. It nestles into the land by unfolding on the slope along the dry-stone walls adding a new chapter to this region’s history; one that reflects its natural background, its constraints and its identity.

French Architecture

We’ve selected what we feel are the major French Buildings, in chronological order:

Eiffel Tower, Paris (1889)
Villa Savoie, Poissy (1929)
Villa Stein, Garches (1927)
Unité d’Habitation, Marseille (1952)
Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp (1955)
Maisons Jaoul, Neuilly-sur-Seine (1956)
La Tourette Monastery, Lyon (1957)
Pompidou Centre, Paris (1976)
The Pantheon, Paris (1790)
The Louvre Museum Pyramid, Paris (1989)
Arab du Monde lnstitute, Paris (1988)
Carré d’Art, Nîmes (1993)
Millau Viaduct, Gorge du Tarn (2005)

Comments on the French architecture selection welcome. These French buildings aren’t merely chosen for their fame – we have left out the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe – but because each one achieved a high level of architectural performance.

French Office Buildings

Contemporary French Architecture – Key Developments

French Architecture by City, alphabetical

Bordeaux Architecture
Cannes Architecture
Grenobles Buildings
Lille Buildings
Limoges Architecture
Lyon Buildings
Marseilles Developments
Metz Buildings
Montpellier Buildings
Nantes Architecture
Nice Architecture
Nimes Architecture
Paris Buildings
Saint-Étienne Architecture
Somme Buildings
Strasbourg Architecture
Toulouse Architecture

Major French Buildings, alphabetical

Alésia Museum Building, Burgundy
Bernard Tschumi urbanistes Architectes
Alésia Museum Building
photo from Bernard Tschumi urbanistes Architectes
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
Dominique Perrault Architects
Bibliotheque Nationale
picture © Georges Fessy / DPA / ADAGP
C42 Citroen display building, Paris
Manuelle Gautrand
C42 CitroenParis
photo : Philippe Ruault
Centre George Pompidou, Paris
Richard Rogers / Renzo Piano
Pompidou Centre Paris
photo © Adrian Welch
Cité du Design, Saint-Étienne
LIN Finn Geipel + Guilia Andi
Saint-Étienne architecture
image from architect
Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris
Jean Nouvel, Architect
Institut du Monde Arabe Paris
picture © Adrian Welch
Maison at Bordeaux
Rem Koolhaas
Maison Bordeaux
French house photo : Hans Werlemann
Marseille Vieux Port Masterplan
Foster + Partners
Marseille Vieux Port Masterplan
image : Foster + Partners
Musée du Louvre, Paris
various architects
Musée du Louvre Paris
photo © AW
Musée du quai Branly, Paris
Jean Nouvel, Architect
Musée du quai Branly Paris
picture © AJW
Philharmonie de Paris, Paris
Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Philharmonie de Paris
image © Jean Nouvel
Pyramide du Louvre, Paris
I.M. Pei & Partners
Louvre Pyramid
image © Adrian Welch
Sacre Coeur, Paris
Paul Abadie, Architect
Sacré Coeur
picture © Adrian Welch
Tour Eiffel, Paris
Gustave Eiffel
Eiffel Tower Paris
photo © AJW
Villa Savoie, Poissy – Modern French home
Le Corbusier
Villa Savoie France
building photo : Isabelle Lomholt
Zenith Music Hall Strasbourg
Massimiliano Fuksas Architecture
Zenith Music Hall Strasbourg
photograph : Moreno Maggi

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French Houses

Villa in the Var: French home

French Hotel Architecture – design by Steven Holl

Maison de Verre : Modern French house

French Music Hall Building – design by Hérault Arnod Architectes

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