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OMA Wins Its First Bridge: Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc

OMA has won an international competition to design Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc, a bridge across the river Garonne in Bordeaux, France, that will link the municipalities of Bègles and Floriac. The 44m by 545m bridge, which will act as "a generous new public space" and "an urban planning intervention" for the city, giving priority to pedestrian traffic, is the first to be realized by OMA. It is scheduled for completion in 2018. 

According to Clément Blanchet, director of OMA France, the bridge "is not the ‘event’ in the city, but a platform that can accommodate events of the city [...it] may be the least technical, least lyrical, but [it is] the most concise and effective structural solution.”

The architect's description of the project, after the break...

House In Normandy / Beckmann-N’thepe Architectes

  • Architects: Beckmann-N’thepe Architectes
  • Location: Bellavilliers, France
  • Project Manager: Nicolas Gaudard
  • Architect in Charge : Laura Giovannetti
  • Assistant Architects: Mathilde Billet, Arthur Billaut, Thimothée Kazmierczak
  • Electricity: LEON
  • Plastery: NICOBAT
  • Excavation: ZUNINO
  • Area: 80.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Beckmann-N’thepe Architectes

Courtesy of Beckmann-N’thepe Architectes Courtesy of Beckmann-N’thepe Architectes Courtesy of Beckmann-N’thepe Architectes Courtesy of Beckmann-N’thepe Architectes

Concoret Housing for the Elderly / Nomade Architects

© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

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

35 housings units in Blagnac / Nicolas Laisné + Christophe Rousselle

  • Architects: Nicolas Laisné + Christophe Rousselle
  • Location: Blagnac, France
  • Architects in Charge: Nicolas Laisné, Christophe Rousselle
  • Area: 2276.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Philippe Ruault

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

In Progress: Musée des Confluences / COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

  • Architects: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU
  • Location: Lyon, France
  • Architect in Charge: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky + Partner
  • Design Principal: Wolf D. Prix
  • Project Partner: Markus Prossnigg
  • Project Architects: Mona Bayr, Angus Schoenberger
  • Project Coordination: Thomas Margaretha, Peter Grell
  • Local Architect, Planning: Patriarche & Co, Chambéry/Lyon, France
  • Area: 46476.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Hubert Canet, Balloïde

© Hubert Canet, Balloïde © Hubert Canet, Balloïde Courtesy of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Courtesy of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

The House of the Early Childhood / TOPOS ARCHITECTURE

© Jérôme BLIN © Jérôme BLIN © Jérôme BLIN © Jérôme BLIN

Carre Plantagenet / inSpace

  • Architects: inSpace
  • Location: Rue Jules Siegfried, 76100 Rouen, France
  • Area: 4500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Hervé Abbadie

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

24 Housing Units / Zanon + Bourbon Architects

  • Architects: Zanon, Bourbon Architects
  • Location: 8 Rue Général Chevert, 54000 Nancy, France
  • Area: 980.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Olivier Dancy

© Olivier Dancy © Olivier Dancy © Olivier Dancy © Olivier Dancy

Albert Camus Multimedia Library / de-so

  • Architects: de-so
  • Location: Avenue du Maréchal Juin, 91000 Évry, France
  • Architect in Charge: Olivier Souquet, François Defrain
  • Collaborators: Youngsong Park, Matthieu Janand, P. Reynes
  • Structural Engineering: OTE Ingénierie
  • Mechanical/Plumbing/ Electrical Engineering: OTE
  • Graphic Design: Atelier 59
  • Area: 2710.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Hervé Abbadie

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

Valenton Housing / Gelin-Lafon

© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin
  • Architects: Gelin-Lafon
  • Location: 30 Avenue Julien Duranton, 94460 Valenton, France
  • Architect in Charge: Gelin-Lafon
  • Building Engineering: COTEC
  • Area: 4454.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Filip Dujardin

© Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin

BIG Selected to Design Human Body Museum in France

BIG has been announced as the winner of an international design competition for the new Cité du Corps Humain (Museum of the Human Body) in Montpellier. Rooted in the city’s long medical history and world renowned medical school, which dates back to the 10th century, the 7,800 sqm museum will “explore the human body from an artistic, scientific and societal approach through cultural activities, interactive exhibitions, performances and workshops.”

It’s design, orchestrated by eight undulating forms which “weave together” to create an underlying continuous space, will serve as a mediator between nature and city - Charpak Park and the Montpellier city hall. Stunning views, access to daylight and critical internal connections will all be revealed by the Museum’s shifting form. 

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Carrieres Sous Poissy / Gaetan Le Penhuel Architectes

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

Transformation d'un Atelier en Loft / NZI Architectes

© Juane Sepulveda © Juane Sepulveda © Juane Sepulveda © Juane Sepulveda

Clocher / FABRE/deMARIEN Architects

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau

Origami / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

  • Architects: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
  • Location: 41 Avenue de Friedland, 75008 Paris, France
  • Architect in Charge: Manuelle Gautrand
  • Architect Project Manager: Yves Tougard
  • Structure: Khephren
  • Area: 5800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Vincent Fillon

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