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Academy Of Art Crafts (ESMA) / LCR Architectes

  • Architects: LCR Architectes
  • Location: 50 Route de Narbonne, 31320 Auzeville-Tolosane, France
  • Area: 78792.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Mathieu Ducros

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

Nautical Base Sunken Under a Dune / THE architectes

  • Architects: THE architectes
  • Location: Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, France
  • Architect In Charge: David Juhel, Joachim Seyer
  • Area: 225.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: S.Chalmeau

© S.Chalmeau © S.Chalmeau © S.Chalmeau © S.Chalmeau

Boa Canteen / D’HOUNDT+BAJART Architects & Associates

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo

AD Classics: Cenotaph for Newton / Etienne-Louis Boullée

Exterior view
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Section, during the day with interior night effect Exterior view Split plan showing interior and from above Exterior elevation

Minuscule clusters of visitors ascend a monumental stairway at the base of a spherical monument rising higher than the Great Pyramid of Giza.  An arc of waning sunlight catches a small portion of the sphere, leaving the excavated entry portal and much of the mass in deep shadow.  Bringing together the emotional affects of romanticism, the severe rationality of neoclassicism and grandeur of antiquity, Etienne-Louis Boullée’s sublime vision for a cenotaph honoring Sir Isaac Newton is both emblematic of the particular historical precipice and an artistic feat that foreshadowed the modern conception of architectural design.  Rendered through a series of ink and wash drawings, the memorial was one of numerous provocative designs he created at the end of the eighteenth century and included in his treatise, Architecture, essai sur l’art.  The cenotaph is a poetic homage to scientist Sir Isaac Newton who 150 years after his death had become a revered symbol of Enlightenment ideals.  

Beyond representing his individual creative genius, Boullée’s approach to design signaled the schism of architecture as a pure art from the science of building. He rejected the Vitruvian notion of architecture as the art of building, writing “In order to execute, it is first necessary to conceive… It is this product of the mind, this process of creation, that constitutes architecture…” (1).  The purpose of design is to envision, to inspire, to make manifest a conceptual idea though spatial forms. Boullee’s search was for an immutable and totalizing architecture. 

Maison De Retraite / Philippe Dubus Architecte

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia

Maison + Agence / Hérard & da Costa

  • Architects: Hérard & da Costa
  • Location: Neuville-sur-Seine, France
  • Area: 317.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Philippe Ruault , Julien Sage-Thomas, Courtesy of Hérard & da Costa

© Philippe Ruault © Julien Sage-Thomas © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault

Le Havre – Cote Docks Vauban / Philippe Dubus Architecte

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia

Serge Baranx School Refurbishment / Pierre Marsan

© Arthur Pequin © Arthur Pequin © Arthur Pequin © Arthur Pequin

Le Marais Social Housing and Offices / Atelier du Pont

  • Architects: Atelier du Pont
  • Location: 25 Rue Michel le Comte, 75003 Paris, France
  • Architect In Charge: Anne-Cécile Comar, Philippe Croisier, Stéphane Pertusier
  • Design Team: Alice Berthelon, Aline Defert, Ariane Rouveyrol
  • Area: 4500.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Frédéric Delangle

© Frédéric Delangle © Frédéric Delangle © Frédéric Delangle © Frédéric Delangle

Grand Synthe - Place Du Courghain / Philippe Dubus Architecte

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia

UNIQLO Le Marais / Wonderwall

  • Architects: Wonderwall
  • Location: 39 Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75004 Paris, France
  • Area: 800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Hufton+Crow

© Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow

Offices Business Incubato / bureau faceB

© Vincent Fillon © Jonathan Alexandre © Vincent Fillon © Jonathan Alexandre

Lycée Louis Barthou / Pierre Marsan

  • Architects: Pierre Marsan
  • Location: Pau, France
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Arthur Pequin

© Arthur Pequin © Arthur Pequin © Arthur Pequin © Arthur Pequin

Alzheimer residence for the “Foyer la Grange” / Mabire Reich

© Sylvain Bonniol © Sylvain Bonniol © Sylvain Bonniol © Sylvain Bonniol

City As A Vision: Tribute to Michel Ragon

Architects have always questioned what the cities of the future will look like. In the 1960s and 70s, one of the most prominent advocates of this field of "futurology" within architecture was historian and critic Michel Ragon. In an upcoming exhibition entitled City As A Vision, the FRAC Centre pays tribute to Ragon by presenting both historical and prospective urban concepts by architects throughout the last fifty years.

Superstudio Monumento Continuo, New New York, 1969 © Archive Superstudio, Florence. Image Courtesy of FRAC Centre Jozef Jankovic Železničná stanica Kúty, zvlášť pre českú a slovenskú dráhu, 1974 Collection Frac Centre, Orléans. Image Courtesy of FRAC Centre Günther Domenig et Eilfried Huth Ragnitz, 1969 - 2001 Collection Frac Centre, Orléans. Image Courtesy of FRAC Centre OMA Qianhai Port City, Concept of masterplan, 2010 © OMA. Image Courtesy of FRAC Centre

Apartment in Paris / Schemaa

  • Architects: Schemaa
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Architect In Charge: Maria Enescu, Simon El Hage
  • Area: 32.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Fred Toulet

© Fred Toulet © Fred Toulet © Fred Toulet © Fred Toulet

Breath Box / NAS Architecture

  • Architects: NAS Architecture
  • Location: 4 Esplanade Maurice Justin, 34280 La Grande-Motte, France
  • Architect In Charge: Hadrien Balalud De Saint Jean, Guillaume Giraud, Johan Laure
  • Client: Festival of Lively Architecture (FAV)
  • Area: 20.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Paul Kozlowski

© Paul Kozlowski © Paul Kozlowski © Paul Kozlowski © Paul Kozlowski

Student Hall of Residence + Family Homes / Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes

  • Architects: Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes
  • Location: 387 Rue de Vaugirard, 75015 Paris, France
  • Area: 2910.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes

Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes