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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

Aeroville / Philippe Chiambaretta

  • Architects: Philippe Chiambaretta
  • Location: 48 Rue des Buissons, Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG), 93290 Tremblay-en-France, France
  • Interior Design: Saguez & Partners
  • Construction Project Management: Artelia
  • Structural Engineering: Terrel
  • Mep Engineering: Barbanel
  • Façades Engineers : VS-A SAS
  • Landscape Design: Compagnie du paysage
  • Sustainable Engineering: Green Affair
  • Area: 110000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jean-Phileppe Mesguen

© Jean-Phileppe Mesguen © Jean-Phileppe Mesguen © Jean-Phileppe Mesguen © Jean-Phileppe Mesguen

AD Classics: Villa dall'Ava / OMA

Much of the spatial composition of the Villa dall'Ava was influenced by its site, in a garden on a hill. It was completed in 1991 in the residential area of Saint-Cloud, overlooking Paris. The clients selected OMA to design a house with two distinct apartments—one for themselves and another for their daughter—and requested a swimming pool on the roof with a view of the Eiffel Tower.

© Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMA © Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMA © Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMA © Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMA

Villa B / Tectoniques Architects

© Erick Saillet © Erick Saillet © Erick Saillet © Erick Saillet

Hotel Agglo / Gardera-D Architecture

  • Architects: Gardera-D Architecture
  • Location: 19 Avenue Jean Molinié, 64100 Bayonne, France
  • Collaborators : Stéphane Bauche, Delphine Prunet, Franck Toulliou
  • Associated Architect: François Garrouteigt
  • Acoustic Development: Point d’orgue, Damien Dupouy
  • Area: 1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Mathieu Choiselat

© Mathieu Choiselat © Mathieu Choiselat © Mathieu Choiselat © Mathieu Choiselat

Extension to a House in Meudon / CUT Architectures

© David Foessel
© David Foessel

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

Conservatoire d'Aubervilliers / Agence Chochon-Pierre

© Augusto Da Silva
© Augusto Da Silva
  • Architects: Agence Chochon-Pierre
  • Location: 00043 Rue Édouard Poisson, 93300 Aubervilliers, France
  • Architect In Charge: François Chochon, Laurent Pierre
  • Area: 9000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Augusto Da Silva, Nicolas Borel, Agence FCLP

© Augusto Da Silva © Nicolas Borel © Nicolas Borel © Nicolas Borel

House R / Gardera-D Architecture

  • Architects: Gardera-D Architecture
  • Location: Anglet, France
  • Collaborators : Stéphane Bauche, Delphine Prunet
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Mathieu Choiselat

© Mathieu Choiselat © Mathieu Choiselat © Mathieu Choiselat © Mathieu Choiselat

Paris New-York Restaurant / CUT Architectures

  • Architects: CUT Architectures
  • Location: 50 Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris, France
  • Area: 90.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: David Foessel

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

Les Trois Mondes School Group / Joly&Loiret

© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly
  • Architects: Joly&Loiret
  • Location: Rue Xavier Arsène-Henry, 33300 Bordeaux, France
  • Architect In Charge: erge Joly, Paul-Emmanuel Loiret
  • Area: 5020.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Luc Boegly

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

Social Center in Aubenas / Composite Architectes

© Studio Erick Saillet © Studio Erick Saillet © Studio Erick Saillet © Studio Erick Saillet

Vercors Massif Community Offices / Composite Architectes

  • Architects: Composite Architectes
  • Location: Rue de l'Adret, 38250 Villard-de-Lans, France
  • Design Team: Matthieu Guillaud, Claire Dreyfus
  • Structural Engineer: BOIS CONSEIL
  • Economist: EA2C Teypaz
  • Mechanical Engineer: CET & Echologos
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Studio Erick Saillet, Courtesy of Composite Architectes

© Studio Erick Saillet © Studio Erick Saillet © Studio Erick Saillet © Studio Erick Saillet