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Block 32 / Tectoniques Architects

  • Architects: Tectoniques Architects
  • Location: La Duchère, Lyon, France
  • Area: 5241.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: On Stage

© On Stage © On Stage © On Stage © On Stage

Maison L2 / Vincent Coste

  • Architects: Vincent Coste
  • Location: Saint-Tropez, France
  • Chef De Projet: Estelle Hondier
  • Area: 200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Florent Joliot

© Florent Joliot © Florent Joliot © Florent Joliot © Florent Joliot

The Paris Debate: Must Preservation Inhibit Urban Renewal?

What is the preservationist's role in our modernizing world? According to Michael Allen of Next City, preservationists exist to ensure that redevelopment meets both cultural heritage and economic demands. Read his entire article, originally published on Next City, below.  

Médiathèque du Bourget / Randja - Farid Azib Architects

  • Architects: Randja - Farid Azib Architects
  • Location: Le Bourget, France
  • Design Team: Farid Azib, Amélie Lengrand, Emilie Forget, Mélanie Surjon
  • Area: 750.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly

Terrasson's Library / Architecture Patrick Mauger

© Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé

University Cancer Institute Toulouse Oncopole / Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés

© Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

© Javier Ortega © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura

Maison H3 / Vincent Coste

  • Architects: Vincent Coste
  • Location: Saint-Tropez, France
  • Project Designer: Estelle Hondier
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Florent Joliot

© Florent Joliot © Florent Joliot © Florent Joliot © Florent Joliot

Villa B / Atelier Delphine Carrère

© Antoine Huot © Antoine Huot © Antoine Huot © Antoine Huot

Nievre's Departmental Archives / Architecture Patrick Mauger

  • Architects: Architecture Patrick Mauger
  • Location: 1 Rue Charles Roy, 58000 Nevers, France
  • Area: 8850.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Didier Boy de la Tour

© Didier Boy de la Tour © Didier Boy de la Tour © Didier Boy de la Tour © Didier Boy de la Tour

Interview with Jean-Louis Cohen, Curator of the French Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

On the morning that France accepted a Special Mention for its exhibition "Modernity: Promise or Menace?" at the Venice Biennale, Curator Jean-Louis Cohen spoke to us about the questions raised within, on, and around the walls of the French Pavilion. Standing in front of a model of the farcical Villa Arpel from Jacques Tati's famous film "Mon Oncle," Cohen explained that France didn't just absorb modernity (as Rem Koolhaas proposed) but that France inspired modernity, providing different expectations, promises and, as the title suggests, menaces. 

School of Engineers in Bretagne / ANMA

  • Architects: ANMA
  • Location: 100 Lorient, 58120 Corancy, France
  • Architect In Charge: Nicolas Michelin, Michel Delplace, Cyril Trétout
  • Project Director : Etienne Chalet-Hayard
  • Project Manager: Ronan Le Hyaric
  • Area: 5743.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Sergio Grazia

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

The House Between / Clément Bacle Architect

© Martin Argyroglo
© Martin Argyroglo

© Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo

Green Cascade / Atelier de la Passerelle

© Jérôme Ricolleau © Jérôme Ricolleau © Jérôme Ricolleau Courtesy of Atelier de la Passerelle

Le Quai des Arts in Argentan / Architecture Patrick Mauger

© Didier Boy de la Tour
© Didier Boy de la Tour
  • Architects: Architecture Patrick Mauger
  • Location: Argentan, France
  • Area: 3250.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Didier Boy de la Tour

© Didier Boy de la Tour © Didier Boy de la Tour © Didier Boy de la Tour © Didier Boy de la Tour

Imagine Institute / Valero Gadan Architectes + Ateliers Jean Nouvel

© Christophe Valtin
© Christophe Valtin
  • Architects: Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Valero Gadan Architectes
  • Location: 123 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 75015 Paris, France
  • Project Leaders: Project: Gaston TOLILA et Élodie VADEPIED | Competition: Gaston TOLILA
  • Project Team: Project: Delphine ALTIER, Léa CHARRAT, Yseult DE DIEULEVEULT, Marie-Charlotte PROSPERI | Competition: Chen CHEN, Nathalie DIEBOLD, Damien FARAUT, Samuel LACAILLE, Fabrice LAGARDE, Sophie LAROMIGUIERE, Marie-Charlotte PROSPERI
  • Area: 18992.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Christophe Valtin, Patrick H. Muller

© Christophe Valtin © Patrick H. Muller © Patrick H. Muller © Patrick H. Muller

Sardine_ Community Center / Gayet-Roger Architects

© Julien Fernandez © Julien Fernandez © Julien Fernandez © Julien Fernandez

Manuelle Gautrand to Revamp Paris' Alésia Cinema with Hundreds of LED "Pixels"

Facade Closeup. Image © KDSL
Facade Closeup. Image © KDSL

Renovated numerous times during its history, Gaumont-Alésia, a Parisian cinema housed in a structure that is over 80 years old, will now be revamped by firm Manuelle Gautrand Architecture. With a design that emphasizes filmography’s presence in modern culture, the Gaumont-Alésia is set to become an inviting cultural hub for the surrounding city, showcasing cinema’s influence on both the interior and exterior.

Both street facades will be composed of glass curtain walls shaded by pleated metal panels. These panels will be perforated by hundreds of LED “pixels” which will create an image across the pleats. Both entrances to the building become animated walls, broadcasting film stills, movie trailers, and advertisements, all meant to entice passersby.  The LEDS are spaced fewer and farther apart toward the edges of the building, creating a stippling effect around the border of the images. At the entrances these animated panels will peel upwards, creating a canopy under which patrons can walk.

The Facade at Night. Image © KDSL Exterior Facade. Image © KDSL Seating Outside the Movie Theater Proper. Image © KDSL Upper Floors of the Atrium. Image © KDSL

Carlsberg Innovation, Research And Development Centre / S&AA

  • Architects: S&AA
  • Location: Boulevard de l'Europe, 67210 Obernai, France
  • Architect In Charge: Benoît RAUX
  • Area: 9400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Pierre Pommereau

© Pierre Pommereau © Pierre Pommereau © Pierre Pommereau © Pierre Pommereau