Maison H3 / Vincent Coste

© Florent Joliot

Architects: Vincent Coste
Location: ,
Project Designer: Estelle Hondier
Area: 300.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Florent Joliot

University Cancer Institute Toulouse Oncopole / Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés

© Takuji Shimmura

Architects: Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés
Location: Avenue Irène Joliot-Curie, 31100 , France
Area: 65,000 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Takuji Shimmura, Javier Ortega

Nievre’s Departmental Archives / Architecture Patrick Mauger

© Didier Boy de la Tour

Architects: Architecture Patrick Mauger
Location: 1 Rue Charles Roy, ,
Area: 8,850 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Didier Boy de la Tour

Interview with Jean-Louis Cohen, Curator of the French Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

On the morning that accepted a Special Mention for its exhibition “Modernity: Promise or Menace?” at the Venice Biennale, Curator Jean-Louis Cohen spoke to us about the questions raised within, on, and around the walls of the French Pavilion. Standing in front of a model of the farcical Villa Arpel from Jacques Tati’s famous film “Mon Oncle,” Cohen explained that France didn’t just absorb modernity (as Rem Koolhaas proposed) but that France inspired modernity, providing different expectations, promises and, as the title suggests, menaces.

For more images and curatorial texts check out our coverage of the pavilion here.

School of Engineers in Bretagne / ANMA

© Sergio Grazia

Architects: ANMA
Location: 100 Lorient, , France
Architect In Charge: Nicolas Michelin, Michel Delplace, Cyril Trétout
Project Director: Etienne Chalet-Hayard
Project Manager: Ronan Le Hyaric
Area: 5,743 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sergio Grazia

The House Between / Clément Bacle Architect

© Martin Argyroglo

Architects: Clément Bacle Architect
Location: ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Martin Argyroglo

Green Cascade / Atelier de la Passerelle

© Jérôme Ricolleau

Architects: Atelier de la Passerelle
Location: Lyon, France
Area: 6,280 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jérôme Ricolleau, Courtesy of Atelier de la Passerelle

Le Quai des Arts in Argentan / Architecture Patrick Mauger

© Didier Boy de la Tour

Architects: Architecture Patrick Mauger
Location: Argentan, France
Area: 3,250 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Didier Boy de la Tour

Imagine Institute / Valero Gadan Architectes + Ateliers Jean Nouvel

© Christophe Valtin

Architects: Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Valero Gadan Architectes
Location: 123 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 75015 Paris,
Project Leaders: Project: Gaston TOLILA et Élodie VADEPIED | Competition: Gaston TOLILA
Project Team: Project: Delphine ALTIER, Léa CHARRAT, Yseult DE DIEULEVEULT, Marie-Charlotte PROSPERI | Competition: Chen CHEN, Nathalie DIEBOLD, Damien FARAUT, Samuel LACAILLE, Fabrice LAGARDE, Sophie LAROMIGUIERE, Marie-Charlotte PROSPERI
Area: 18992.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Christophe Valtin, Patrick H. Muller

Sardine Community Center / Gayet-Roger Architects

© Julien Fernandez

Architects: Gayet-Roger Architects
Location: Pessac,
Partners In Charge: Clementine Roger, Aldric Gayet
Area: 210 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Julien Fernandez

Manuelle Gautrand to Revamp Paris’ Alésia Cinema with Hundreds of LED “Pixels”

Facade Closeup. Image © KDSL

Renovated numerous times during its history, Gaumont-Alésia, a Parisian cinema housed in a structure that is over 80 years old, will now be revamped by firm Manuelle Gautrand Architecture. With a design that emphasizes filmography’s presence in modern culture, the Gaumont-Alésia is set to become an inviting cultural hub for the surrounding city, showcasing cinema’s influence on both the interior and exterior.

Both street facades will be composed of glass curtain walls shaded by pleated metal panels. These panels will be perforated by hundreds of LED “pixels” which will create an image across the pleats. Both entrances to the building become animated walls, broadcasting film stills, movie trailers, and advertisements, all meant to entice passersby.  The LEDS are spaced fewer and farther apart toward the edges of the building, creating a stippling effect around the border of the images. At the entrances these animated panels will peel upwards, creating a canopy under which patrons can walk.

Carlsberg Innovation, Research And Development Centre / S&AA

© Pierre Pommereau

Architects: S&AA
Location: Boulevard de l’Europe, Obernai,
Architect In Charge: Benoît RAUX
Area: 9,400 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Pierre Pommereau

Internat Montceau Les Mines / X’TO Architectes

© Jérôme Beg

Architects: X’TO Architectes
Location: Montceau-les-Mines,
Architects In Charge: JY Godot, Jean Delacroix, Pierre Dumas
Area: 2213.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jérôme Beg

Warehouse Transformation into Visual Arts School / Matthieu Place + Thomas Raynaud

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Architects: Matthieu Place + Thomas Raynaud
Location: Marseille, France
Area: 2,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Thomas Raynaud

8 Housing in Patin / Benjamin Fleury

© David Boureau

Architects: Benjamin Fleury
Location: Quatre Chemins, Mancioux,
Architects/Project Management:
Area: 574 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: David Boureau

La Cabotte / H20 Architectes

© Julien Attard

Architects: H20 Architectes
Location: Barrage de Donzère-Mondragon, Bollène,
Area: 58 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Julien Attard

Inside France’s “Modernity, Promise or Menace?” – Special Mention Winner at the Venice Biennale 2014

This year’s French Pavilion stood out as one of the best pavilions in the Giardini, communicating a clear, engaging thesis and receiving a Special Mention from the jury.

Curator Jean-Louis Cohen poses four questions throughout four galleries, demonstrating the contradictions that fill the story of modernity and architecture in . The ambivalent responses of architecture to the original promise of modernity is shown through the juxtaposition of a continuous cinematographic montage (playing simultaneously throughout all four galleries) and large-scale objects. 

Watch an excerpt from Teri Wehn Damisch’s film and read the curator’s statement after the break. For a virtual tour of the space designed by -based firm Projectiles, follow this link. And make sure to keep an eye out for our video interview with curator Jean-Louis Cohen (coming soon). 

24 Housings in Argenton Sur Creuse / Atelier Alassoeur

© Brice Desrez

Architects: Atelier Alassoeur
Location: Argenton-sur-Creuse,
Architect In Charge: Emmanuel Alassoeur
Area: 1,614 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brice Desrez