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The Ring Of Remembrance / Agence d’Architecture Philippe Prost

  • Architects: Agence d’Architecture Philippe Prost
  • Location: Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, France
  • Architect In Charge: Philippe Prost, Lucas Monsaingeon
  • Area: 1385.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

© Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz

32 Housing / MDR Architectes

  • Architects: MDR Architectes
  • Location: Montpellier, France
  • Architects In Charge: Sancie Matte, Arnaud Rousseau, Frédéric Devaux
  • Team Design: Frédéric Ganichot, Géraldine Savelli
  • Area: 2800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Mathieu Ducros

© Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros

Evolution Ground Alfortville / NP2F

Embedded within the boundaries of the ZAC (coordinated developed zone) Chantereine, the “evolution” grounds of Alfortville represent a qualitative approach to which we lay claim in this district’s public spaces, and more generally in today’s city. Thus, the playground becomes a truly architectural space, integrated in the urban structure and open to the city’s other practices.

Maison des Aires / Cabinet-Cabinet Architectures

© Yoan Claveau de Lima © Yoan Claveau de Lima © Yoan Claveau de Lima © Yoan Claveau de Lima

Illkirch-Graffenstaden City Hall / Atelier Filippini

  • Architects: Atelier Filippini
  • Location: 181 Route de Lyon, 67400 Illkirch-Graffenstaden, France
  • Agent Architect: Renato Filippini architect
  • Engineering Consultant: OTE Ingénierie
  • Environmental Engineering Consultant : OTELIO
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Christian Creutz

© Christian Creutz © Christian Creutz © Christian Creutz © Christian Creutz

Snøhetta Chosen to Design Le Monde Headquarters in Paris

French media company Le Monde Group has chosen Snøhetta to design their new headquarters in Paris. Clad with a pixelated matrix of glass that offers varying degrees of transparency, the building’s distinct facade will be embedded with clusters of LEDs that project “abstracted levels of data,” symbolically representing the group’s continuous “flow of information.” 

“The intention is that the façade gives the building a homogenous character when viewed from distance, but at the same time reveals a greater level of complexity as the view approaches – like headlines and detailed content in a news story,” says Snøhetta. “The façade patterns are intended to represent the building as a complete volume, while the distorted pixel map creates a rich tapestry from inside and out.”

Jean Nouvel Boycotts Opening of the Philharmonie de Paris, Saying It Is "Not Finished"

Ateliers Jean Nouvel’s long awaited opening of the Philharmonie de Paris concert hall took place yesterday at a VIP event in which the French President, Francois Hollande, officiated the ceremony three years after it was scheduled to take place. Jean Nouvel, however, did not attend the event, instead writing an incendiary column for French Newspaper Le Monde, and releasing a statement saying he feels that the building has opened “too early” and it ”is not finished.” He argues that “there were no acoustic tests of the concert hall [as] the schedule did not allow the architectural and technical requirements to be respected, [...] despite all the warnings which I have been giving since 2013.”

SANAA's Plans For La Samaritaine in Paris Blocked Once Again

An appeals court has revoked permission for SANAA's restoration of the landmark Art Deco La Samaritaine department store in . The plans, which would see a comprehensive overhaul of the 19th-century structure that finally shut its doors in 2005 following four decades in decline, would create an all-new shopping centre and luxury hotel as part of a 70,000m² mixed use development.

The project, commissioned by the LVMH conglomerate - which owns brands like Dom Pérignon, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton and BVLGARI - was halted because "the wavy, etched-glass facade proposed [SANAA] did not meet local planning requirements and was out of character with the surrounding buildings." It is understood that La Samaritaine will now appeal to the Council of State, France's highest administrative court. The city of Paris has mentioned in a separate statement that it would also support this latest appeal.

Primary School For Sciences And Biodiversity / Chartier Dalix Architectes

© David Foessel © David Foessel © Cyrille Weiner © Cyrille Weiner

Place Olympe de Gouges et Allée des Ateliers à Pantin / 2/3/4/

  • Architects: 2/3/4/
  • Location: Pantin, France
  • Project Manager: Agate Mordka
  • Area: 4341.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Clément Guillaume

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

The Jetty to the Mont-Saint-Michel / Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

Creating a new access to one of the most remarkable cultural monuments and landscapes in Europe is a rare challenge for the design of a causeway.

Françoise Dorleac School / DE-SO

  • Architects: DE-SO
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Area: 4680.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Hervé Abbadie

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

Théâtre d'eau Swimming Pool / LOG Architectes

© Edouard Decam © Edouard Decam © Edouard Decam © Edouard Decam

Vincent Callebaut's 2050 Vision of Paris as a "Smart City"

Addressing Paris’ housing and density issues, French firm Vincent Callebaut Architectures has developed a proposal for multiple high-rise buildings with positive energy output (BEPOS). Comprised of eight multi-use structures inhabiting various locations within Paris, the plan strives to address major sustainability problems affecting each district, while providing key functions for the city. 

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2 En 1 : Intergenerational House / TICA architecture

  • Architects: TICA architecture
  • Location: Vaux-sur-Mer, France
  • Area: 260.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of TICA architecture

Courtesy of TICA architecture Courtesy of TICA architecture Courtesy of TICA architecture Courtesy of TICA architecture

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

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.”