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16 Social Housing Units Urban Refurbishment / a/LTA

  • Architects: a/LTA
  • Location: Charleville-Mézières, France
  • Area: 1100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Fabrice Dehoche

© Fabrice Dehoche © Fabrice Dehoche © Fabrice Dehoche © Fabrice Dehoche

Amenagement Des Bureaux Ekimetrics / Estelle Vincent Architecture

© Arnaud Schelstraete © Arnaud Schelstraete © Arnaud Schelstraete © Arnaud Schelstraete

Centre Pompidou Considers Libourne Outpost

The south west French city of Libourne may soon get its own pop-up Pompidou. Reports indicate that the Libourne satellite outpost would be similar to the one currently underway in Malaga, Spain (soon to open in March 2015). If the deal is passed, the city would host the museum outpost in a former 40,000-square-meter military academy, though renovation costs are excepted run high - nearing €6 million. The city's mayor Philippe Buisson is reaching out to regional and national authorities requesting financial assistance. 

141 housings / MDR Architectes

  • Architects: MDR Architectes
  • Location: Perpignan, France
  • Architects in Charge: Sancie Matte, Arnaud Rousseau, Frédéric Devaux
  • Area: 9900.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Mathieu Ducros

© Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros

Community Centre CLEC Montreuil / CUT architectures

  • Architects: CUT architectures
  • Location: 16 Rue des Grands Pêchers, 93100 Montreuil, France
  • Area: 230.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: David Foessel

© David Foessel © David Foessel © David Foessel © David Foessel

The Ring Of Remembrance / Agence d’Architecture Philippe Prost

  • Architects: Agence d’Architecture Philippe Prost
  • Location: Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, France
  • Architect in Charge: Philippe Prost, Lucas Monsaingeon
  • Area: 1385.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

© Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz

32 Housing / MDR Architectes

  • Architects: MDR Architectes
  • Location: Montpellier, France
  • Architects in Charge: Sancie Matte, Arnaud Rousseau, Frédéric Devaux
  • Team Design: Frédéric Ganichot, Géraldine Savelli
  • Area: 2800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Mathieu Ducros

© Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros

Evolution Ground Alfortville / NP2F

  • Architects: NP2F
  • Location: Alfortville, France
  • Area: 2050.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Antoine Espinasseau, Courtesy of NP2F

© Antoine Espinasseau © Antoine Espinasseau © Antoine Espinasseau © Antoine Espinasseau

Maison des Aires / Cabinet-Cabinet Architectures

© Yoan Claveau de Lima © Yoan Claveau de Lima © Yoan Claveau de Lima © Yoan Claveau de Lima

Illkirch-Graffenstaden City Hall / Atelier Filippini

  • Architects: Atelier Filippini
  • Location: 181 Route de Lyon, 67400 Illkirch-Graffenstaden, France
  • Agent Architect: Renato Filippini architect
  • Engineering Consultant: OTE Ingénierie
  • Environmental engineering Consultant : OTELIO
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Christian Creutz

© Christian Creutz © Christian Creutz © Christian Creutz © Christian Creutz

Snøhetta Chosen to Design Le Monde Headquarters in Paris

French media company Le Monde Group has chosen Snøhetta to design their new headquarters in Paris. Clad with a pixelated matrix of glass that offers varying degrees of transparency, the building’s distinct facade will be embedded with clusters of LEDs that project “abstracted levels of data,” symbolically representing the group’s continuous “flow of information.” 

“The intention is that the façade gives the building a homogenous character when viewed from distance, but at the same time reveals a greater level of complexity as the view approaches – like headlines and detailed content in a news story,” says Snøhetta. “The façade patterns are intended to represent the building as a complete volume, while the distorted pixel map creates a rich tapestry from inside and out.”

Jean Nouvel Boycotts Opening of the Philharmonie de Paris, Saying It Is "Not Finished"

Ateliers Jean Nouvel’s long awaited opening of the Philharmonie de Paris concert hall took place yesterday at a VIP event in which the French President, Francois Hollande, officiated the ceremony three years after it was scheduled to take place. Jean Nouvel, however, did not attend the event, instead writing an incendiary column for French Newspaper Le Monde, and releasing a statement saying he feels that the building has opened “too early” and it ”is not finished.” He argues that “there were no acoustic tests of the concert hall [as] the schedule did not allow the architectural and technical requirements to be respected, [...] despite all the warnings which I have been giving since 2013.”

SANAA's Plans For La Samaritaine in Paris Blocked Once Again

An appeals court has revoked permission for SANAA's restoration of the landmark Art Deco La Samaritaine department store in . The plans, which would see a comprehensive overhaul of the 19th-century structure that finally shut its doors in 2005 following four decades in decline, would create an all-new shopping centre and luxury hotel as part of a 70,000m² mixed use development.

The project, commissioned by the LVMH conglomerate - which owns brands like Dom Pérignon, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton and BVLGARI - was halted because "the wavy, etched-glass facade proposed [SANAA] did not meet local planning requirements and was out of character with the surrounding buildings." It is understood that La Samaritaine will now appeal to the Council of State, France's highest administrative court. The city of Paris has mentioned in a separate statement that it would also support this latest appeal.

Primary School For Sciences And Biodiversity / Chartier Dalix Architectes

© David Foessel © David Foessel © Cyrille Weiner © Cyrille Weiner

Place Olympe de Gouges et Allée des Ateliers à Pantin / 2/3/4/

  • Architects: 2/3/4/
  • Location: Pantin, France
  • Project Manager: Agate Mordka
  • Area: 4341.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Clément Guillaume

© Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume

Françoise Dorleac School / DE-SO

  • Architects: DE-SO
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Area: 4680.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Hervé Abbadie

© Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie