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Rue du Charolais / Eva Samuel

© Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume

Passage de Melun / Gaëtan Le Penhuel Architecture

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

Head Offices of Social Security for French Citizen Abroad / BVAU

  • Architects: BVAU
  • Location: 77 Rue des Meuniers, 77950 Rubelles, France
  • Area: 3900.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Clément Guillaume

© Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume

Anne Démians Wins Competition to Renovate France's Nobel School

French architect Anne Démians has been named the winner of a competition to renovate and expand the Paris Tech Higher School of Industrial Physics and Chemistry (ESPCI), the 120-year old Nobel School. The competition, which seeks to convert the university into a leading research center, garnered submissions from such designers as Rem Koolhaas and Renzo Piano. As part of a larger transformative campaign undertaken by the school, the ESPCI redesign aims to elevate the Ile de France area to a metropolis standing.

Read on after the break for more on the 176 million Euro proposal.

Maison D / Fouquet Architecture Urbanisme

  • Architects: Fouquet Architecture Urbanisme
  • Location: Couëron, France
  • Architect In Charge: Gabriel Lefèvre
  • Area: 148.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Philippe Ruault

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

INHAC / Atelier d’Architecture Brenac-Gonzalez

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

50 Housing Units / Bruther

  • Architects: Bruther
  • Location: Limeil-Brévannes, France
  • Area: 4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Filip Dujardin

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

Sonia Delaunay School / ADEN architectes

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia Courtesy of ADEN architectes

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