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In Progress: Quimper Cornouaille Exhibition Center / Philippe Brulé Architectes

© Pascal Léopold © Pascal Léopold © Pascal Léopold © Pascal Léopold

Villa T / Boyer Percheron Assus

  • Architects: Boyer Percheron Assus
  • Location: Saint-Gély-du-Fesc, France
  • Main Contractor: Agency Architecture Boyer-Percheron-Assus and Associates
  • Area: 270.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Boyer Percheron Assus

Courtesy of Boyer Percheron Assus Courtesy of Boyer Percheron Assus Courtesy of Boyer Percheron Assus Courtesy of Boyer Percheron Assus

Village Hall in HUNSPACH / Heintz-Kehr & associés

  • Architects: Heintz-Kehr & associés
  • Location: Hunspach, France
  • Design Team: Georges Heintz et Anne-Sophie Kehr, FF Muller - Michele Farano et Pascal Philbert
  • Area: 800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Alain Villa

© Alain Villa © Alain Villa © Alain Villa © Alain Villa

MenoMenoPiu Proposes Capsule Hotel for Short-Term Housing in Paris

With nearly 120 museums, Paris has the largest concentration of museums in the world. This, as MenoMenoPiu Architects believes, puts the city at risk of becoming a living conservatory. Therefore the Parisian practice has proposed the “EauBerge Paris Capsule Hotel” as a way to mitigate the need for short-term housing for tourists and preserve the quality of everyday life for residents. 

"Just like the other European capitals such as Rome, Venice, or Barcelona, Paris risks to become a city museum,” says MenoMenoPiu. “The increase of tourists in the French Capital causes panic and also leads to a gradual decentralization from the Parisians.”

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Tour Carpe Diem / Robert A.M. Stern Architects

  • Architects: Robert A.M. Stern Architects
  • Location: La Défense, France
  • Associate Architect: SRA Architectes (Herve Metge, Partner / Laurence Gorgiard / Pierre-Michel Desgrange)
  • Client/Owner: Aviva France / Bois-Colombes, France / Joëlle Chauvin, Directeur Immobilier
  • Area: 45500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Peter Aaron / OTTO

© Peter Aaron / OTTO © Peter Aaron / OTTO © Peter Aaron / OTTO © Peter Aaron / OTTO

KILO Pitches Woven Tent Outside of Jean Novel’s Arab World Institute

In conjunction with the Contemporary Morocco exhibit (Le Maroc Contemporain) at the Jean Nouvel-designed Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, a giant tent has been constructed on the plaza in front of the building. Designed by Tarik Oualalou and Linna Choi of KILO, the tent harmonizes contemporary design and technical innovation with traditional fabrication methods. Constructed from more than 650-square-meters of camel and goat wool woven by female cooperatives in the Saharan desert, the tent serves as an urban landmark and a symbol for the Contemporary Morocco exhibit. The rhythm and scale of the tent’s silhouette renders a topographic dimension to the structure which pays homage to the nomadic traditions of southern Morocco.

“La Cité des Loisirs” / 2/3/4/

  • Architects: 2/3/4/
  • Location: Courbevoie, France
  • Area: 16000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Vincent Fillon

© Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon

Swimming Pool Extension in Bagneux / Dominique Coulon & associés

  • Architects: Dominique Coulon & associés
  • Location: 1 Avenue de Stalingrad, 92220 Bagneux, France
  • Architect In Charge: Dominique Coulon, Benjamin Rocchi, Architects, Arnaud Eloudyi, Sarah Brebbia, Gautier Duthoit, Architects assistants
  • Area: 3431.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: David Romero-Uzeda, Clément Guillaume, Courtesy of Dominique Coulon Architecture

© Clément Guillaume © David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda © Clément Guillaume

Uncovering Viollet-le-Duc's "Unexpected" Career

Half of a rhombohedron. Remains of a crystal system separating the glacier of Envers Blaitière Vallée Blanche (Viollet-le-Duc). Image © Médiathèque de l’architecture & du patrimoine
Half of a rhombohedron. Remains of a crystal system separating the glacier of Envers Blaitière Vallée Blanche (Viollet-le-Duc). Image © Médiathèque de l’architecture & du patrimoine

Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, the French architect most famous for the 'restoration' of Notre-Dame de Paris, is a person we unequivocally associate with 19th century Gothic Revival. Although there is no doubt that his interpretive restorations of medieval French monuments were some of his greatest achievements, a new exhibition at Paris' Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine seeks to uncover a "well-connected character who pursued an uninterrupted career drawing, building, teaching, restoring, and many other things."

In a review for DomusLéa-Catherine Szacka examines this first major retrospective dedicated to the designer, theorist and artist since 1980 in celebration of the bicentennial of his birth. According to Szacka curator Jean-Michel Leniaud has, in this exhibition, shifted focus to Viollet-le-Duc's artistic output, thereby presenting "the less known and the more unexpected aspect" of his career.

Pushed Slab / MVRDV

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Design Team: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries with Frans de Witte, Bertrand Schippan, Catherine Drieux, Victor Perez, Delphine Borg, Billy Guidoni
  • Co Architect: North by North West, Paris, FR
  • Area: 19000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault

Thibaudeau Architecte & Agence d'Architecture Guiraud-Manenc Design Sculptural Tourism Office in France

French firm Thibaudeau Architecte & Agence d'Architecture Guiraud-Manenc has earned second place for a competition to design the new tourism office for "Les Pays de Fontenay le Compte France." Designed to encourage tourism in South Vendée, the design merges a contemporary style with a consideration for the historic and artistic identity of the area.

© Thibaudeau Architecte & Agence d’Architecture Guiraud-Manenc © Thibaudeau Architecte & Agence d’Architecture Guiraud-Manenc Section Master Plan

ZAC del Lilas Multi-Purpose Building / SCAPE

  • Architects: SCAPE
  • Location: Porte des Lilas, 75019 Paris, France
  • Area: 3800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Francesco Mattuzzi

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Building a Campus Integration of Embedded Systems / Christophe Bidaud Architecture

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Zac Boucicaut In Paris / Ameller, Dubois & Associés Architectes

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Community House of Lorient / Jean de Giacinto Architecture + Duncan Lewis Scape Architecture

© Philippe Amoros © Stéphane Cuisset © Stéphane Cuisset © Stéphane Cuisset

Les Océanides Mall / Atelier REC

  • Architects: Atelier REC
  • Location: Arcachon, France
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier REC

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Reflections on the 2014 Venice Biennale

Fundamentals, the title of the 2014 Venice Biennale, will close its doors in a matter of days (on the 23rd November). From the moment Rem Koolhaas revealed the title for this year’s Biennale in January 2013, asking national curators to respond directly to the theme of ‘Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014’, there was an inkling that this Biennale would be in some way special. Having rejected offers to direct the Biennale in the past, the fact that Koolhaas chose to act not only as curator but also thematic co-ordinator of the complete international effort, was significant. This announcement led Peter Eisenman (one of Koolhaas' earliest tutors and advocates) to state in one interview that “[Rem is] stating his end: the end of [his] career, the end of [his] hegemony, the end of [his] mythology, the end of everything, the end of architecture.”