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10 July 2019
Rennes Competition for a New Residential Tower
Design: Team JDSA with local architects Maurer & Gilbert and Paris offices SMAC and Think Tank
Rennes Residential Tower Competition

25 Oct 2018
Les Cabanes du Lac, Aix-les-Bains, department of Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, southeastern France
Design: Pietri Architectes
Les Cabanes du Lac in Aix Les Bains
photography : Kevin Dolmaire

Les Cabanes du Lac in Aix-les-Bains
This programme, featuring 58 apartments and 2 shops, forms part of the development of the ZAC des Bords du Lac, Quartier Nouvel Aix, an exceptional, 15-hectare site connecting the historic heart of Aix-les-Bains with Lac du Bourget.

14 Sep 2018
Headquarters of Métropole Rouen Normandie

10 Sep 2018
Dortoir Familial, Ramatuelle, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, southeastern France
Design: NADAAA, Architects
Dortoir Familial Ramatuelle house, Var property
image courtesy of Chicago Athenaeum

Ramatuelle Property
This southern French house respects strict zoning guidelines, while merging with the landscape, extending natural flora over the roof.

30 Jun 2018
Aqualagon Waterpark Shortlisted at World Architecture Festival 2018 Awards
Aqualagon Waterpark, Marne la Vallée, France, is one of 536 shortlisted entries across 81 countries:
World Architecture Festival Awards 2018 Shortlist

17 Jun 2018
Water Park Aqualagon, Villages Nature Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, France
Design: Jacques Ferrier Architecture
Water Park Aqualagon, Villages Nature Paris, Marne-la-Vallée
photo © Jacques Ferrier Architecture ; photographs by Didier Boy De La Tour

Water Park Aqualagon
The direction of the winds and the path of the sun have determined the floor plan for our project. Protected from cold north-easterly winter winds, nestling up to the forest, the aquatic park opens towards the west to make the most of cool breezes in warm weather.

10 May 2018
Grand Musée d’Art Nantes Wins RIBA Award for International Excellence 2018
Design: Stanton Williams Architects
Musee d'arts de Nantes
photo © Nick Hufton

Grand Musee d Art Nantes
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners of the RIBA Awards for International Excellence and the 2018 RIBA International Emerging Architect, including this elegant and beautifully proportioned alteration and major extension for Nante’s Musee d’Arts. The gentle and restrained weaving of old and new within the 1900 Beaux Arts Palais creates a highly coherent and refined facility of real intelligence and craft.

27 Apr 2018
Sir John Monash Centre, Villers-Bretonneux, Somme department, Hauts-de-France, northern France
Design: Cox Architecture with Williams, Abrahams, Lampros
Sir John Monash Centre in Villers Bretonneux
photo © Tim D Williams

Sir John Monash Centre in Villers-Bretonneux
To the east of the 1938 Edwin Lutyens-designed memorial to the Australians who fell in the nearby fields during World War I, a new feature has been added.

17 Apr 2018
Breitenbach Landscape Hotel, Breitenbach, Bas-Rhin department, Alsace, north-eastern France
Design: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
Breitenbach Landscape Hotel France
images : Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, WSBY, Tejo

Breitenbach Landscape Hotel France
Breitenbach Landscape Hotel will have a prominent role linking the hotel activity to the site and local traditions. At the same time, it will gather the best of architecture, design, spa facilities and food culture in the region.

26 Mar 2018
Glass House, Cap d’Antibes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, southeastern France
Architects: David Price Design
Glass House on the Cap d’Antibes
photo :Hervé Hôte

Glass House on the French Riviera
British designer David Price, who works out of offices in Provence and on the Côte d’Azur, together with his Anglo-French-American team, has completed a show-stopping ‘Glass House’ for a British client on the Cap d’Antibes.

15 Mar 2018
Technical Center of Blagnac, Gignac, Hérault département, Occitanie region, southern France
Design: NBJ architectes
Technical Center of Blagnac France

Technical Center of Blagnac France
Located next to an expressway, the Technical Center of Blagnac was built in the middle of a neighborhood characterized by a highly industrialized program. Nevertheless, a classified forest and a cemetery are located just next to the site. These elements constitute the principal specificity of this program.

5 Mar 2018
9-9 bis Transformation of a Former Mine Site Into a Cultural Complex
Design: Hérault Arnod architectures
9-9 Bis Cultural Complex in Oignies
photo : André Morin

9-9 bis Cultural Complex in Oignies
The Oignies coal mine closed in 1990, leaving a whole population and its industrial mining heritage in disarray (pithead buildings, industrial buildings, head frames). The project to reinstate this territory marked by decades of mining operations, began in 2005 with the competition mounted by the Hénin-Carvin Intermunicipal Council.

2 Mar 2018
Gymnasium of the Louis de Cormontaigne High School, Metz
Architects: agence ENGASSER & associés
Gymnasium of the Louis de Cormontaigne High School in Metz
photo : Mathieu Ducros

Gymnasium of the Louis de Cormontaigne High School
The new gymnasium is located on the site like a ship’s bow, facing the Louis de Cormontaigne High School building, a three-story structure housing the classrooms between the Moselle River and the canal and facing the motorway, which is the site’s main acoustic challenge.

1 Mar 2018
Tête de Pont Bayonne, south west France
Design: Josep Lluis Mateo – Mateo Arquitectura
Bayonne Gateway
image Courtesy architecture office

Bayonne Gateway
Three interventions address three independent yet complementary themes:
– The Marinadour complex, which represents the organization of a considerable urban density and a mixed programme.
– In the Park, the ground is the protagonist. Vegetation, transparency, public space, pedestrian connectivity.
– The Rivadour complex closes the urban space. It is a continuous block that follows the river before breaking off towards the city.

20 Feb 2018
Palais de Justice, Lille
Design: OMA
New Courthouse in Lille
image courtesy of OMA / ArtefactoryLab

Palais de Justice Lille
OMA’s design for the new Palais de justice in Lille has been selected as the winner of four finalists from a competition. The new public building, commissioned by the Ministry of Justice, will accommodate the high court and district court of Lille.

13 Feb 2018
Church of Saint-Jacques de la Lande, Rennes, east of Brittany, northwestern France
Architects: Alvaro Siza Vieira
Church of Saint Jacques de La Lande
photo : Joao Morgado

Church of Saint-Jacques de la Lande in Rennes
This project in Brittany was contracted to the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. His use of light and white concrete provide a unique ceremonial space that gently folds into the neighbourhood south of Rennes, a residential area with five-story housing blocks.

9 Jan 2018
St Tropez Villa, Saint-Tropez, Var department, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, southeastern France
Architects: SAOTA
St Tropez Villa
photo : Adam Letch

Luxury Villa in Southern France
The design comprises a series of horizontal planes – the green hedge on street level, the solid street facing front of the house, the indoor layers running from east to west, the linear terrace and sloping green embankment and swimming pool below.

17 Dec 2017
Redesigned 90’s GOM House, Gignac
Design: (ma!ca) architecture
GOM House in Montpellier, France
photograph : Julien Kerdraon

House in Gignac
The villa was built in the 1990s. Its floor plan presents very particular proportions: a 15 metres long entrance hall which leads inside the house and a linear perspective view opening up to the garden. The architecture “takes care” and improves the well-being through the use of materials, colours, light, highest craftsmanship and, as a result, made-to-measure spaces.

29 Nov 2017
Leonard De Vinci High School Phase Two, Montpellier, Southern France
Design: Hellin-Sebbag, architects
Leonard de Vinci High School Phase Two
photograph : Benoit Wherlé

Leonard De Vinci High School in Montpellier Phase Two
Thermal comfort is provided by reinforced external insulation, double flow ventilation and external solar protection. Financed by the Occitanie Region for 29 € million excluding taxes, the two construction phases in occupied premises lasted nearly eight years.

25 Nov 2017
Off Grid Villa, The Camargue, South of France
Architect: Blueroom, The Netherlands
Off Grid Villa Camargue
image © Blueroom

Off Grid Villa Camargue
The team researched the design potential for building a patio villa on a 1.000 m2 site, in a region in the south east of France. The Client requested a striking, contemporary design that blends into its natural context.

9 Nov 2017
Headquarters of Métropole Rouen Normandie, Rouen, Normandy, north of France
Design: Jacques Ferrier Architecture
Headquarters Metropole Rouen Normandie
photo © Luc Boegly

Headquarters of Métropole Rouen Normandie
This headquarters building forms a memorable image on the banks of the Seine in Rouen. What makes it so unique is how the new building fits in with the surrounding landscape of Rouen. The building’s dynamic silhouette echoes the renovated industrial buildings on the right bank.

8 Nov 2017
Residential Tower, Strasbourg, Grand Est region, eastern France
Design: KCAP Architects&Planners and OSLO architectes
Residential Tower in Strasbourg
visuals © Yam Studio for KCAP/OSLO/SAS-3B

Residential Tower in Strasbourg
First prize in an architectural design competition. The tower will be the first and most symbolic building of the new neighborhood ‘Strasbourg, Presqu’ile–citadelle’. With its 57 meters of height, the tower will become a landmark for the area located between the city center of Strasbourg and the river Rhine.

7 Nov 2017
A Multigenerational Space, Olemps, Aveyron department, southern France
Design: CoCo architecture
A Multigenerational Space in Olemps
photograph © Edouard DECAM

A Multigenerational Space in Olemps
The project near the city center of Olemps – a “new city” of 3,500 inhabitants – is located on the outskirts of the agglomeration of Rodez. The site is located in a peri-urban area made up of architectural objects, built in the ’70s and ’80s.

26 Oct 2017
Biodiversarium, Banyuls-Sur-Mer (66)
Architects: Tectoniques
Biodiversarium in Banyuls-Sur-Mer
photograph : Tectoniques

Biodiversarium in Banyuls-Sur-Mer
The port of Banyuls-Sur-Mer provides a unique setting for exploring and better understanding the marine biodiversity of the Pyrénées Orientales region. It is home to an extraordinarily abundant marine nature reserve, covering 650 hectares under the sea. On the land, the bay is dominated by an ocean observatory built in 1882, originally known as the “Laboratoire Arago”.

10 Oct 2017
Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes
Architect: Elizabeth de Portzamparc
Musee de la Romanite in Nimes
photograph © Serge Urvoy

Musée de la Romanité in Nîmes
The building that will house the Musée de la Romanité has been delivered to the city of Nîmes. Prior to the installation of its collections and its forthcoming 2018 opening, this building and its unique façade are being unveiled facing the Arenas of Nîmes (the Roman amphitheater).

18 Sep 2017
Louis de Vion school Montévrain, Seine-et-Marne department, Île-de-France region, north-central France
Design: Vincent Parreira Atelier Architecture – AAVP
Ecole louis De vion Montévrain school buildng in France
photograph : Luc Boegly

Ecole louis De vion Montévrain
Once across the threshold of this school complex near Paris delivered by the architect Vincent Parreira, the child enters a non-standard world, one that evokes the troglodyte houses, vernacular architecture… or a pupil’s escape.

17 Sep 2017
Humanities Research Center Building, Campus of University Saint-Charles, Montpellier
Design: Hellin-Sebbag, architects
Humanities Research Center in Montpellier
photograph : Jean-Pierre Porcher

Humanities Research Center in Montpellier
Delivered in 2011, the first phase converted the general hospital into university buildings for graduates and researchers in the Faculty of Humanities, Paul Valéry University.

9 Sep 2017
Jean-Louis Trintignant Middle School, Uzès, Gard department, southern France
Design: NBJ architectes
Sports Hall at Jean Louis Trintignant Middle School
photo : Paul Kozlowski

Jean-Louis Trintignant Middle School in Uzès
The challenge of building the Sports Hall Jean-Louis Trintignant in Uzès is to suggest a project that can work perfectly with the existing environment while creating optimal conditions allowing sports practice.

27 Jun 2017
Chalet Whymper, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Eastern France
Design: Chevallier Architectes
Chalet Whymper
photo : Solène Renaud for Chevallier Architectes

Chalet Whymper in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
The situation was unique: Chevallier Architectes took on this project when it was on the verge of being abandoned. There were many constraints, but the Chevallier Architectes team studied the file and proposed solutions that would make it possible to successfully complete the construction, including optimization of the space.

15 Jun 2017
Ilot Queyries, Bordeaux
Architects: MVRDV
Ilot Queyries
image : MVRDV

Ilot Queyries Mixed-Use Development in Bordeaux
Designed to fully exploit this exceptional location, the building facades adapt to their opposite views towards the River Garonne and the historic city. The plan aims to reflect the qualities of Bordeaux World Heritage Site city centre whilst adding new qualities.

7 Jun 2017
The Fishermen’s House, Bonifacio, Corse-du-Sud department, Corsica
Design: Buzzo Spinelli Architecture
The Fishermen's House
photography : Serge Demailly

The Fishermen’s House in Bonifacio
The original commission aimed for a fishermen facility made of 20 workshops. But after in-depth analysis of the site, its history, and the municipality needs; Buzzo Spinelli Architecture proposed to enhance the program by adding a sales area and an urban space.

15 May 2017
SPE House, Hyères les Palmiers, Departement of Var, Southern France
Design: ELLENA MEHL Architects
SPE House
photograph @ Hervé ELLENA

New House in Spéracèdes
The house is located on the French Riviera, at the very end of a small road, in a old hamlet built around a local spring that has been known since before the XIX th century.

9 May 2017
Quiet House, Gignac, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon region (Occitanie region), south of France
Architectes: Artelabo
Quiet House
photograph : Marie-Caroline Lucat

Contemporary House in Gignac
This villa project meets a very particular context. The land on which it fits, of very small size, is located between a vineyard shed in operation to the West, the parking of a neighbour to the East, surrounded by their access road, a main street to the south.

19 Apr 2017
Concert Hall for actual and contemporary music in Evreux, Haute Normandie, Northern France
Design: Hérault Arnod Architectes
Modern Music Center Evreux
photograph : André Morin

Modern Music Centre Evreux
The site of the building is a corner of the Bel Ebat fairground, on the edge of the historic town centre. The difficulty lies in the size relation between the new building, essentially small and non-central, and the fairground, a huge empty esplanade.

3 Apr 2017
Lascaux IV: The International Centre for Cave Art, Montignac, Dordogne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, southwestern France
Design: Snøhetta and Casson Mann
Lascaux IV Montignac
photo © Boegly +Grazia

Lascaux IV in Montignac
The new Centre International d’Art Parietal in Montignac welcomes visitors to an immersive educational experience of the prehistoric Lascaux cave paintings. Known by archaeologists as the ‘Sistine Chapel of Prehistory’ due to their spiritual and historical significance, the 20,000-year-old paintings are among the finest known examples of art from the Paleolithic period.

22 Mar 2017
Conversion of the Former Hospital of Meursault
Design: JUNG Architectures & Simon Buri
Conversion of the Former Hospital
photo : Martin Argyroglo

Former Hospital of Meursault Building Conversion
The municipality of Meursault is located in the heart of the Burgundy vineyards of Côte de Beaune, in the department of Côte-d’Or.
Meursault, a flagship of Burgundy great wines, has an undisputable world-wide reputation, and its “Climats” have been classified as World Heritage by the UNESCO since 2015.

15 Mar 2017
Cité Internationale Paul Ricœur, Rennes
Design: Hérault Arnod Architectes
Cite Internationale Paul Riaeur
photo : André Morin

Cité Internationale Paul Ricœur in Rennes
The plot is located at the interface between two very different urban logics: on one side, a modern district made up of wide public spaces and large-sized buildings, on the other, the historical town-centre consisting of smaller slate-roof buildings.

24 Feb 2017
Chemin des Carrières, Rosheim-St Nabor railway, Alsace, North East France
Design: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter AS
Chemin des Carrières, Alsace Building
image Courtesy architecture office

Chemin des Carrières, Alsace
Chemin des Carrières, the Quarries’ Track, is a lace undulating in the landscape, an invitation to travel as our ambition behind the reconquest of the Rosheim-St Nabor railway in Alsace, France.

10 Feb 2017
House H2, South Corsica
Architect: Vincent Coste
House H2
picture © Florent Joliot

House H2 on Corsica
This Corsican house is located on an exceptional site, a peninsula surrounded by a beach and a port that overlooks the sea. The project was conceived by the architects Vincent Coste and Bruno Fléchet in a logic of erasure in relation to the place.

10 Jan 2017
MISUNDERSTANDINGS Exhibition at the FRAC Centre Orléans
image Courtesy FRAC
CAMPO discards the traditional monographic, typological or historical readings, to adopt a looser and unconventional framework that pairs human emotions and architectural principles.

5 Jan 2017
Cottage in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Design: Chevallier Architectes
Dag Cottage Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
photograph : Alexandre Mermillod

Cottage in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Dag is located in the Chamonix heights and has exceptional mountain views. Situated in a small, cozy family neighbourhood, it was essential that Dag’s modern style fit with the setting.

Electronic Music Venue in Grenoble

Helicopter Group of Civil Security Extension

Hub Creatic, La Chantrerie, Nantes

Terrasson’s Multimedia Library

The Ring of Remembrance Memorial Notre-Dame-de-Lorette

Ilot de l’Octroi Housing in Rennes

Vincent van Gogh Foundation Rehabilitation

Rouen Masterplan

The PortHole in La Grande Motte

RER E Station, Nanterre

Chateau Margaux Winery Building

Lodève Childcare Center in France

Leonard De Vinci High School in Montpellier

New Law Courts of Caen

French Euro 2016 Stadiums: Buildings Guide

Allianz Riviera Stadium

Swimming Pool in Châteaulin

60 Social Housing Apartments in Rive-De-Giern

Albert Camus School in Coulaines

The Jetty to the Mont-Saint-Michel

FORUM of Saint-Louis, Haut-Rhin, Alsace Building

Town Hall in Montpellier

Mosquito Coast Factory in Campbon

Villa M1 in Hyères les Palmiers

Canopia Mixed-Use Development in Bordeaux

House RT 2012 in Riec-sur-Bélon

House in Saint-Didier-au-Mont-d’Or

La Grande Mosaique Caen Masterplan

Beaumont-Hague Cultural Centre

Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale

Euravenir Tower in Lille

Gymnase Neudorf Sports Hall in Strasbourg

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