L’Orange de Ris / Edouard Francois

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Architects: Edouard Francois
Location: Chemin de Montlhéry, , France
Design Team: Maison , CET Ingénierie (BET TCE)
Area: 4,350 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Raftery

AD Interviews: Edouard François

Back when I was an architecture student I was very impressed by the early works of French architect and urban planner Edouard François, which introduced new ways to understand the relation between nature and architecture.

Edouard has always been an innovator, experimenting with green façades and constantly challenging the housing typology, making architecture a response of the times (which otherwise, as he mentions, would be just construction). These aspects, how to push innovation with clients and into the market, are discussed with Edouard in this interview, recommended to young architects who could learn from his experience running his practice.

Edouard studied at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, and has taught around the world. His work and career have been highly recognized, being appointed with the RIBA International Fellowship in 2011 and Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture in 2012.

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Urban Collage / Edouard François

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Architects: Edouard François
Location: ,
Team: Maison Edouard François, Intégrale 4 (structure), Nicolas Ingénierie (Mechanical Engineering), Pre Carre (landscape architect)
Client: Paris Habitat
Area: 9,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Paul Raftery

Flashback: Tower Flower / Edouard François

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Architects: Edouard François
Project Area: 2,600 sqm
Project Year: 2004
Photographs: Courtesy of Edouard François

Eden Bio / Edouard François

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Architects: Edouard François
Location: Paris, 
Project Area: 7,700 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Edouard François

Architecture City Guide: Paris

This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to . For centuries has been the laboratory where innovative architects and artists have come to test their ideas. This has created a city that has bit of everything. Where the architecture of some cities seems to undergo phases of punctuated equilibrium, ’s architectural fossil record gives an impression of gradualism; all the missing links are there. This makes it easy to trace the origins of the most contemporary ideas throughout history. Nothing seems to come out of nowhere. If you look around you kind find the design’s inspiration running through the city’s Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Rocco, Neo-Classical, Empire, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modern, Post-Modern, and Contemporary Architecture. Seen in another context, many of ’s buildings might seem out of place, but the bones of this city support the newest iterations on the oldest and most profound questions. The 24 contemporary designs that comprise our list probably should not be viewed outside of this context, even though that is the stated goal of some of the designs.

As the most visited city in the world and arguably the capital of culture, it is impossible to capture the essence of Paris in 24 modern/contemporary designs. Our readers supplied us with great suggestions, and we really appreciate the help and use of their photographs. The list is far from complete and we realize that many iconic buildings are not yet on the list. We will be adding to it in the near feature, so please add more in the comments section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Paris list and corresponding map after the break.

Eden Bio / Edouard François [Updated]

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Designed by architect Edouard François, Eden Bio housing complex includes 100 housing units, 52 parking spaces, artists’ studios, along with community gathering spaces for local activities. The architect created a contemporary design with a pastiche of old style.

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Architects: Edouard François
Location: Paris, France
Client: OPAC de Paris
Project Area: 7,700 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Patrycja Ogonowska

Hotel Fouquet Barrière / Edouard François

Architect: Edouard François
Location: ,
Client: Groupe Lucien Barrière, Groupe ACCOR
Structural engineers: COTEBA Ingénierie
Decorations: Jacques Garcia
Gardens: Pré Carré, Marc Vatinel
Lights and illumination: Light CIBLES, Louis Claire
Year of enchargement: 2003
Year of completion: 2006
Constructed area: 18,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Agence Edouard François