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La Sucriere / Z Architecture

© Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé

SO – IL and FREAKS Win Competition to Modernize France's Site Verrier

SO-IL, in collaboration with FREAKS freearchitects, has been selected as the first-prize winner of a competition to reinvent the historic Site Verrier in France. Located in the Northern Vosges Natural Park, the updated plan addresses three elements of the site's industrial past while providing a dynamic space for cultural interaction and historic exploration of Site Verrier's glass factory days.

Visitor Center. Image Courtesy of SO-IL Model. Image Courtesy of SO-IL Gallery. Image Courtesy of SO-IL Public Space. Image Courtesy of SO-IL

City of Paris Approves MVRDV's Restructuring of Montparnasse Superblock

The City of Paris has approved MVRDV’s plans to overhaul a 1970s urban block in Montparnasse. The ambitious plan aims to “reintroduce the human scale” and improve “accessibility and programmatic identity” to the aging mixed-use development. As part of the restructuring, the building’s existing public library, hotel, commercial and office space will be expanded and a new kindergarten, conference center and social housing units will be added. 

Comedie de Bethune - National Drama Theater / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

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

Montmatre Mixed Use / Babin+Renaud

  • Architects: Babin+Renaud
  • Location: 24 Avenue de la Porte de Montmartre, 75018 Paris, France
  • Area: 10296.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Cecile Septet

© Cecile Septet © Cecile Septet © Cecile Septet © Cecile Septet

Flat Renovation for a Photographer / Alia Bengana

  • Architects: Alia Bengana
  • Location: 75002 Paris, France
  • Area: 86.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: V.Vincenzo

© V.Vincenzo © V.Vincenzo © V.Vincenzo © V.Vincenzo

Espace Bienvenüe / Jean-Philippe Pargade

  • Architects: Jean-Philippe Pargade
  • Location: 77420 Marne-la-Vallée, France
  • Architect In Charge: Caroline Rigaldiès
  • Partner: Jean-Pierre Lamache
  • Studies Leader : Christophe Aubergeon, Malika Benzemra, Marco Carvalho, Joana César, Paolo Correia, Jean-Patrick Degrave, Emmanuèle Fiquet, Emilie Guyot, Antoine Hermanowicz, Joon-Ho Lee, Aline Marthon, Natacha Nass, Lucy Niney, Audrey Oster, Maxime Parin, Anne-Sophie Richard, Samuel Rimbault, Vincent Sengel, Ji Yeon Song, Marie Suvéran, Arthur Tanner, Van Hai Vu
  • Area: 35300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Sergio Grazia, Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Luc Boegly

"Tournesol" Swimming Pool Refurbishment / Urbane Kultur

© Jean Baptiste Dorner © Jean Baptiste Dorner © Communauté Urbaine de Strasbourg © Jean Baptiste Dorner

Planning Korea Turns to the Microbial World to Inspire the Future of Paris

When asked by the City of Paris to envision its future, Planning Korea turned to the uncharted microbial world of the city’s parks. Their observations lead them to an unusual proposal: shape the future “Greater Paris” by infilling voids within the urban landscape (in this case, between two bridges in the heart of Porte Maillot) with a floating, “organism-like” complex of mixed-use pods designed to coexist with the “macro world of artificial structures.”

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Maison Des Danses / ADH

Courtesy of ADH
Courtesy of ADH
  • Architects: ADH
  • Location: Bordeaux, France
  • Architects In Charge: Benoîte Doazan, Nicolas Novello, Stéphane Hirschberger
  • Area: 1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of ADH

Courtesy of ADH Courtesy of ADH Courtesy of ADH Courtesy of ADH

Light Matters: Le Corbusier and the Trinity of Light

For his three sacred buildings, Le Corbusier has played masterfully with orientation, openings and textures to create kinetic architecture with daylight. His pilgrimage chapel at Ronchamp, the monastery of Sainte Marie de La Tourette, and the parish church of Saint-Pierre in Firminy reveal distinctive and individual approaches that each render contemplative spaces with light. In his book “Cosmos of Light: The Sacred Architecture of Le Corbusier,” Henry Plummer, Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has analysed these projects with outstanding photographs taken over 40 years and brilliant writing.

Read on for more about how Le Corbusier created his cosmos of light.

Corridor to atrium cadenced with sunshine in late morning. Monastery of Sainte Marie de la Tourette, Éveux-sur-l’Arbresle, France. Image © Henry Plummer 2011 Upward view into scoop at sunrise. Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France. Image © Henry Plummer 2011 Golden light on altar wall. Church of Saint-Pierre, Firminy, France. Image © Henry Plummer 2011 Upward view of fissure and brise-soleil, on overcast day. Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France. Image © Henry Plummer 2011

65 Rooms for Student Housing / Jacques Ripault Architecture

  • Architects: Jacques Ripault Architecture
  • Location: Porte de Vanves, 75014 Paris, France
  • Area: 2227.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Patrick Müller , Hervé Abbadie

© Patrick Müller , Hervé Abbadie © Patrick Müller , Hervé Abbadie © Patrick Müller , Hervé Abbadie © Patrick Müller , Hervé Abbadie

Museum Of The Sea In Sete / C+D Architecture

  • Architects: C+D Architecture
  • Location: Rue Jean Vilar, 34200 Sète, France
  • Architect In Charge: Nicolas Crégut, Laurent Duport
  • Area: 1053.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Marie-Caroline LUCAT

© Marie-Caroline LUCAT © Marie-Caroline LUCAT © Marie-Caroline LUCAT © Marie-Caroline LUCAT

Childhood House / Heams et Michel

© Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti

Lycée GeorGes-cormier Highschool Extension / Ateliers O-S architectes

  • Architects: Ateliers O-S architectes
  • Location: Île-de-France, France
  • Architect In Charge: Vincent Baur, Guillaume Colboc, Gaël Le Nouëne
  • Design Team: Vincent Baur, Guillaume Colboc, Gaël Le Nouëne, Aurelie Louesdon (phase étude )
  • Area: 4300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Vincent Baur

© Vincent Baur © Vincent Baur © Vincent Baur © Vincent Baur

Monticello / Bona-Lemercier

© François Bergeret © Florian Kleinefenn © François Bergeret © Florian Kleinefenn