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Mixed Use 107 Apartement Units / Nunc Architectes

  • Architects: Nunc Architectes
  • Location: 122 Rue des Poissonniers, 75018 Paris, France
  • Design Team: Emilie Faivre, Adrienne Fabre, Guillaume Zilio, Pierre Beout, Julie Bourdin, Vincent Rey-Millet, Anne-Emanuelle Metivier, Melanie Passot, Julien Perrot, Marion Piot, Pauline Scherrer
  • Area: 7340.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Luc Boegly

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

House in Crozon / Agence d'architecture Pierre-Yves Le Goaziou

© Pascal Léopold © Pascal Léopold © Pascal Léopold © Pascal Léopold

Louise Michel and Louis Aragon High Schools / archi5

  • Architects: archi5
  • Location: Gisors, France
  • Area: 6400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Sergio Grazia

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

30m2 Flat in Paris / Richard Guilbault

  • Architects: Richard Guilbault
  • Location: 75018 Paris, France
  • Area: 30.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Meero

© Meero © Meero © Meero © Meero

A Rememberance Site - Parc des Glacis / 2/3/4/

  • Architects: 2/3/4/
  • Location: Parc des Glacis, 25000 Besançon, France
  • Project Manager: Agate Mordka
  • Area: 2500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Nicolas Waltefaugle

© Nicolas Waltefaugle © Nicolas Waltefaugle © Nicolas Waltefaugle © Nicolas Waltefaugle

Lac de Vioreau Leisure Center / Guinée et Potin Architects

© Nicolas Pineau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau

The Flow / atelier d’architecture King Kong

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe

Lacaton & Vassal's Lesson in Building Modestly

The French duo of Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal are known for their delicate interventions, repurposing neglected structures with apparent effortlessness. Originally published on the Harvard Gazette website entitled "They Build, But Modestly," this article recounts the lessons which they offered students in a recent lecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Around 1980, two young architects finished their training in Bordeaux, France, and moved to Nigeria. In that African nation’s remote regions, they were inspired by the simple structures they saw amid the stark, stunning desert landscapes. The houses were open to the air, had utilitarian thatched roofs, and were made with bits of local wood. Modesty prevailed in structures that also invited beauty.

The lessons of building in Africa stayed with Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal in their Paris-based practice, Lacaton & Vassal: use what is there, stay simple, embrace open air, and honor light, freedom, and grace. They practice social architecture based on economy, modesty, and the found beauty of environments.

Palais de Tokyo Expansion / Lacaton & Vassal. Image © 11h45 Nantes School of Architecture / Lacaton & Vassal. Image © Philippe Ruault Palais de Tokyo Expansion / Lacaton & Vassal. Image © 11h45 23 Semi-collective Housing Units / Lacaton & Vassal. Image © Philippe Ruault

Media Library in Bourg-la-Reine / Pascale Guédot Architecte

  • Architects: Pascale Guédot Architecte
  • Location: Bourg-la-Reine, France
  • Design Team: Pascale Guédot Architecte ; Loïc Levisalles, chef de projet ; Luca Antognoli, assistant ; FORR, Carolina Fois, paysagiste ; Speeg + Michel, concepteurs lumière ; Batiserf, BET structure ; Alto, BET fluides et HQE ; Ayda, acousticien ; Forgue, économiste ; CL Infra, BET VRD ; Global, OPC ; Ateliers 59, signalétique
  • Area: 2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Hervé Abbadie

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

Two New Books Claim Le Corbusier was a "Militant Fascist"

Shocking allegations have surfaced in two new books that claim Le Corbusier was a “militant fascist.” Although the architect’s connections with a collaborationist regime in France have been known for some time, the authors claim new evidence reveals the depths of his sympathy toward Nazi activity.

Group Exhibition at the Frac Centre to Explore the History of the Relief

From April 10, the Frac Centre will host "Relief(s)— Designing the Horizon", a series of exhibitions, workshops, and meetings exploring the place of the relief in the timeline of modern art. Over five months the work of Yasuaki Onishi, Gérard Singer, and Aurélie Pétrel will be on display alongside a host of  supplementary cultural and educational programs. Hoping to "[shed] new light on the way in which contemporary art can renew our reading of the landscape and, more broadly the environment", the exhibition will run until September 19. Learn more about the artists involved and view selected works after the break.

"Reverse of volume FC", Yasuaki Onishi Installation View — Gerard Singer "Reverse of volume RG", Yasuaki Onishi Installation View — Gerard Singer

The ‘Hippodrome De La Baie” / NOMADE Architects

© Patrick Miara © Patrick Miara © Patrick Miara © Patrick Miara

Dock En Seine Offices / Franklin Azzi Architecture

  • Architects: Franklin Azzi Architecture
  • Location: Rue Paulin Talabot, 93400 Saint-Ouen, France
  • Project Management: Neximmo 62
  • Area: 16200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Franklin Azzi Architecture

Courtesy of Franklin Azzi Architecture Courtesy of Franklin Azzi Architecture Courtesy of Franklin Azzi Architecture Courtesy of Franklin Azzi Architecture

Neker Enfants Malades Hospital / Philippe Gazeau

  • Architects: Philippe Gazeau
  • Location: 149 Rue de Sèvres, 75015 Paris, France
  • Commissioned Architect: Philippe Gazeau
  • Project Director: Jacques Forté
  • Work Director: Michel Delamotte
  • Area: 60000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Philippe Ruault

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

Anne de Bretagne Secondary School / Philippe Gazeau

  • Architects: Philippe Gazeau
  • Location: 36 Allée de la Bourgonnière, 44800 Saint-Herblain, France
  • Area: 6443.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Philippe Ruault

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

Lycée Neslon Mandela Secondary School / Philippe Gazeau

  • Architects: Philippe Gazeau
  • Location: Rue Julien Pranville, 91150 Étampes, France
  • Area: 11232.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Philippe Ruault

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

Odontology Teaching and Research Center / Philippe Gazeau

  • Architects: Philippe Gazeau
  • Location: 63100 Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • Area: 10000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Philippe Ruault, Christophe Camus

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Christophe Camus © Philippe Ruault