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Ricardo Porro, Architect of Cuba’s National Art Schools, Dies at 89

00:00 - 30 December, 2014
Ricardo Porro, Architect of Cuba’s National Art Schools, Dies at 89, School of Ballet by Vittorio Garatti . Image © Adrián Guerra Rey via places.designobserver.com
School of Ballet by Vittorio Garatti . Image © Adrián Guerra Rey via places.designobserver.com

Ricardo Porro, the leading architect behind Cuba’s National Art Schools - one of the largest architectural achievements of the Cuban Revolution - has died of heart failure in Paris at the age of 89. After spending nearly a half a century in exile, Porro lived long enough to see his two arts schools reemerged on the world stage as “crown jewels of modern Cuban architecture.” 

Aquatic Centre Montigny-les-Metz / DRD Architecture

01:00 - 26 December, 2014
Aquatic Centre Montigny-les-Metz / DRD Architecture, © Gregoire Auger
© Gregoire Auger

© Gregoire Auger © Gregoire Auger © Gregoire Auger © Gregoire Auger +9

Château de Rentilly Refurbishment as FRAC Ile-de-France Arts Centre / Bona-Lemercier

01:00 - 24 December, 2014
Château de Rentilly Refurbishment as FRAC Ile-de-France Arts Centre / Bona-Lemercier, © Florian Kleinefenn
© Florian Kleinefenn

© Florian Kleinefenn © Florian Kleinefenn © Florian Kleinefenn © Florian Kleinefenn +46

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rentilly, 77600 Bussy-Saint-Martin, France
  • Partners

    Xavier Veilhan, artist and Alexis Bertrand, scenographer
  • Area

    1350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Redline / Pietri Architectes

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Redline / Pietri Architectes, Courtesy of Pietri Architectes
Courtesy of Pietri Architectes

Courtesy of Pietri Architectes Courtesy of Pietri Architectes Courtesy of Pietri Architectes Courtesy of Pietri Architectes +15

Aquatic Centre Louviers / DRD Architecture

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Aquatic Centre Louviers / DRD Architecture, © Gregoire Auger
© Gregoire Auger

© Gregoire Auger © Gregoire Auger © Gregoire Auger © Gregoire Auger +21

Arte Charpentier Architectes Unveils Plans for Calais Congress Centre

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Arte Charpentier Architectes Unveils Plans for Calais Congress Centre, Exterior plaza at night. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes
Exterior plaza at night. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes

Nestled into the coastal landscape of Calais on the northern coast of France, Arte Charpentier Architectes have unveiled their design for the Calais Congress Centre, a hub for cultural and social activity in the bustling city. Located along the English Channel, the centre will provide remarkable views of the water and ships entering the city's commercial port. The curvilinear centre will mimic the lush green landscape while echoing the energy of the city with an asymmetrical, ethereal design which includes flexible public space, exhibition halls, meeting rooms, and two hotels all shrouded by an elegant curtain of glass.

Enter the Calais Cultural Centre with images and info after the break

The centre will feature panoramic coastal views. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes Interior public spaces. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes Interior cafe. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes Exterior plaza at night. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes +10

Multicultural Centre in Isbergues / Dominique Coulon & Associés

01:00 - 22 December, 2014
Multicultural Centre in Isbergues  / Dominique Coulon & Associés, © David Romero-Uzeda
© David Romero-Uzeda

© David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda +41

Creation of a Forest Shelter at Bertrichamp / Studiolada Architectes + Yoann Saehr Architect

01:00 - 21 December, 2014
Creation of a Forest Shelter at Bertrichamp / Studiolada Architectes + Yoann Saehr Architect, © Christophe Aubertin
© Christophe Aubertin

© Christophe Aubertin © Christophe Aubertin © Nicolas Waltefaugle © Christophe Aubertin +30

Nelson Mandela School / AR+TE Architectes

01:00 - 20 December, 2014
Nelson Mandela School / AR+TE Architectes, © Carlos Barba
© Carlos Barba

© Carlos Barba  © Carlos Barba  © Carlos Barba  © Carlos Barba  +41

House Pegasus / Frédéric Saint-Cricq

01:00 - 20 December, 2014
House Pegasus / Frédéric Saint-Cricq, © Patrice Menconi
© Patrice Menconi

© Patrice Menconi © Patrice Menconi © Patrice Menconi © Patrice Menconi +16

Maison l'Estelle / François Primault architecte

01:00 - 19 December, 2014
Maison l'Estelle / François Primault architecte, Courtesy of François Primault architecte
Courtesy of François Primault architecte

Courtesy of François Primault architecte Courtesy of François Primault architecte Courtesy of François Primault architecte Courtesy of François Primault architecte +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moirax, France
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of François Primault architecte

Restructuring and Safety Works of Saint-Jean’s Schools / Dominique Coulon & associés

01:00 - 17 December, 2014
Restructuring and Safety Works of Saint-Jean’s Schools / Dominique Coulon & associés, © David Romero-Uzeda
© David Romero-Uzeda

© David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    13 Rue des Bonnes Gens, 67000 Strasbourg, France
  • Architects in Charge

    Dominique Coulon, Benjamin Rocchi, Architects Sarah Brebbia, Olivier Nicollas, Delphine George, Guillaume Wittmann, Architects assistants.
  • Area

    8731.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

The Restoration of Chartres Cathedral is a "Scandalous Desecration"

00:00 - 16 December, 2014
The Restoration of Chartres Cathedral is a "Scandalous Desecration", On the left, an as-yet unrestored section of the cathedral can be compared to a restored section, right. Image © Flickr CC User Lawrence OP
On the left, an as-yet unrestored section of the cathedral can be compared to a restored section, right. Image © Flickr CC User Lawrence OP

Throughout its eight-century-long history, Chartres Cathedral has been consistently cited as one of the world's greatest religious spaces, charming countless architects thanks to its dramatic interior combining brooding stone vaults and delicate stained glass windows. But this legacy is severely threatened, argues Martin Filler for the New York Review of Books, by a "foolhardy" restoration in its zeal for recapturing the past "makes authentic artifacts look fake."

© Flickr CC User Lawrence OP The stark difference between the original and the restored sections. Image © Flickr CC User Sarah Karlson © Flickr CC User Connie Ma A gilded boss at the top of a vault. Image © Flickr CC User Klaus Wagensonner +6

Eiffel Tower’s First Floor Refurbishment / Agence Moatti-Rivière

01:00 - 16 December, 2014
Eiffel Tower’s First Floor Refurbishment / Agence Moatti-Rivière, © Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

© Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé +28

Mining and Metallurgy Heritage Centre & Café In Banca / V2S architectes

01:00 - 14 December, 2014
Mining and Metallurgy Heritage Centre & Café In Banca / V2S architectes, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo +19

In Progress: Quimper Cornouaille Exhibition Center / Philippe Brulé Architectes

01:00 - 14 December, 2014
In Progress: Quimper Cornouaille Exhibition Center / Philippe Brulé Architectes, © Pascal Léopold
© Pascal Léopold

© Pascal Léopold © Pascal Léopold © Pascal Léopold © Pascal Léopold +39

Villa T / Boyer Percheron Assus

01:00 - 13 December, 2014
Villa T / Boyer Percheron Assus, 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 Courtesy of Boyer Percheron Assus +16

  • Architects

  • 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

Village Hall in HUNSPACH / Heintz-Kehr & associés

01:00 - 13 December, 2014
Village Hall in HUNSPACH / Heintz-Kehr & associés, © Alain Villa
© Alain Villa

© Alain Villa © Alain Villa © Alain Villa © Alain Villa +19

  • Architects

  • 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