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Youth House of Culture and Knowledge / 2NE Architecture

  • Architects: 2NE Architecture
  • Location: La Châtre, France
  • Area: 1652.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of 2NE Architecture

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Aigurande / 2NE Architecture

  • Architects: 2NE Architecture
  • Location: 2 avenue de la République 36140 Aigurande
  • Architect In Charge: 2NE Architecture
  • Area: 1033.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of 2NE Architecture

Courtesy of 2NE Architecture Courtesy of 2NE Architecture Courtesy of 2NE Architecture Courtesy of 2NE Architecture

MVRDV Wins Competition to Redesign 600ha of Caen

Stretching beyond the natural constraints of Presqu’ile de Caen and into the neighboring towns of Mondeville and Hérouville Saint Clair, MVRDV’s competition-winning vision will transform 600ha of industrial brown fields into a collection of gardens punctuated by a mosaic of urban settlements. This ambition, titled ‘La Grande Mosaique’, is strongly based on respect for the existing structures and defined by small scale interventions that will result in a large scale structure vision for Greater Caen.

The proposal was selected from three submittals by the public development agency SPLA for being, as Caen Mayor Philippe Duron describes, the “most impressive plan”. It was commended by the jury for its “fresh view” on urbanism.

Social Bling-Bling / Y. Architectes

  • Architects: Y. Architectes
  • Location: Lyon, France
  • Architects In Charge: Yann Fontaine, Yann Drossart, Corinne Drossart
  • Client: ICF sud‑est méditerranée
  • Cost: € 920 539 excl. VAT
  • Area: 460.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Brice Robert

© Brice Robert © Brice Robert © Brice Robert © Brice Robert

70 Homes in Landy Sud / PetitDidier Prioux Architectes

  • Architects: PetitDidier Prioux Architectes
  • Location: Rue du Landy, Saint-Denis, France
  • Project Manager: Sébastien Perrault
  • Contracting Team: OPH Plaine Commune Habitat
  • Engineering: BECT
  • Contractor: Bouygues Bâtiment Habitat Social
  • Area: 5391.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: 11h45, Stephan Lucas

© 11h45 © 11h45 © Stephan Lucas © Stephan Lucas

Nursery and Communal Premises / Heams et Michel

  • Architects: Heams et Michel
  • Location: Tourrette Levens, France
  • Area: 1050.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Serge Demailly, Heams et Michel

© Serge Demailly © Heams et Michel © Serge Demailly © Serge Demailly

La Luciole Concert Hall / Moussafir Architectes Associés

  • Architects: Moussafir Architectes Associés
  • Location: 171 Rue de Bretagne 61000 Alençon, France
  • Design Team: Jacques Moussafir with Francesca De Marchi, Nicolas Hugoo, Alexis Duquennoy, Guillaume Cournut, Laurent Théaux and Albert Ruiz
  • Area: 1274.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Luc Boegly, Moussafir Architectes Associés

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

Morangis Retirement Home / VOUS ETES ICI Architectes

  • Architects: VOUS ETES ICI Architectes
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Architect In Charge: A. Becker, J. Paulré, P. Pflughaupt
  • Developer: Immodieze and AXENTIA for the Conseil General du 91
  • Partners And Collaborators: Dumez IDF (general contractor), FACEA (fluids engineering) LECARPENTIER (exteriors and landscaping) SPOOMS (kitchen engineering) CAP HORN (Acoustics engineering) LAPOINTE (roads and water engineering), 11H45 (Photograph)
  • Area: 5315.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: 11H45

© 11H45 © 11H45 © 11H45 © 11H45

3 Social Dwellings / Chartier-Dalix architects

  • Architects: Chartier-Dalix architects
  • Location: Conches-sur-Gondoire, France
  • Client: Mairie de Conches sur Gondoire
  • Budget: 315,000 E HT
  • Area: 176.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Samuel Lehuede

© Samuel Lehuede © Samuel Lehuede © Samuel Lehuede © Samuel Lehuede

Raising of the School Choisy / Lacoudre Architectures

  • Architects: Lacoudre Architectures
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Design Team: Anne Since, Christian Koch, Anne Derian, Camille Thirouin, Michel Tan, Pauline Ferraeira
  • Area: 15300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Nicolas Borel, 11h45

© 11h45 © 11h45 © 11h45 © 11h45

'Neither Cloud Nor Rock' Installation / Raum Architects

Raum Architects shared with us their recent project titled 'Neither Cloud nor Rock', an art installation for the National Institute of Agricultural Research in Nancy. The piece covers an exterior area intended to people who work there, opposite to the restaurant. It protects researchers from rain and sun. The object floats, clinging to the trees, and moves with them. More images and architects' description after the break.

Un Zeste de Citron / Y. Architectes

© Brice Robert
© Brice Robert
  • Architects: Y. Architectes
  • Location: Saint Priest, Rhône, France
  • Architect In Charge: Yann Fontaine, Yann Drossart, Corinne Drossart
  • Area: 238.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Brice Robert

© Brice Robert © Brice Robert © Brice Robert © Brice Robert

BA 105 / Lacoudre Architecte

  • Architects: Lacoudre Architecte
  • Location: Evreux, France
  • Area: 40000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: 11h45

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Stone House / Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architect

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ENSTA / JB Lacoudre Architectures

  • Architects: JB Lacoudre Architectures
  • Location: Boulevard des Maréchaux, 91120 Palaiseau, France
  • Collaborating Architects: Laurent Toussaint, Christian Koch, Florent Poisson
  • Client: SOGEPROM and Adim
  • Area: 24000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: 11h45, Nicolas Borel

© 11h45 © Nicolas Borel © 11h45 © Nicolas Borel

Mirror Ball / Y. Architectes

© Brice Robert
© Brice Robert
  • Architects: Y. Architectes
  • Location: Saint Priest, Rhône, France
  • Architect In Charge: Yann Fontaine, Yann Drossart, Corinne Drossart
  • Area: 179.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Brice Robert

© Brice Robert © Brice Robert © Brice Robert © Brice Robert

Farshid Moussavi Architecture Wins Jardins de la Lironde Competition

This unconventional stack of shifting floor plates forms what will soon be a new, 36-unit apartment block in French city of Montpellier. City officials released the news this week, naming Farshid Moussavi Architecture as winner of the Jardins de la Lironde competition.

The 11-story tower’s unique shape will offer residents expansive balconies with coastal views and a ground level restaurant. Construction is expected to begin in 2014, marking the first phase of a master plan to construct 12 new buildings in the Port Marianne district.

More images and plans of the Jardins de la Lironde tower after the break...

OMA to Masterplan Southern Neighborhood of Bordeaux

In order to accommodate the expansion of the local tram system, La Fabrique Métropolitaine de la Communauté Urbaine de Bordeaux has commissioned OMA to design a new major urban development in the southern district of Bordeaux, France. Over the next five years, the masterplan will regenerate the neighborhoods of Bègles and Villenave d'Ornon by forging new connections to Bordeaux's central station and unlocking the potential for both city development and public space. 

This project is part of the new identity for the "Porte Sud de Bordeaux" (Bordeaux south gate) and continues OMA's intensive recent engagement in Bordeaux, as the office has been working since 2010 on the masterplan for 50,000 new housing units in the city.

More on OMA’s Bordeaux masterplan after the break...