Chapel St Genevieve / OBIKA Architecture

© Nicolas Waltefaugle

Architects: OBIKA Architecture
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Caroline Leloup Szalkowski, Katarina Dubravcova Malingrey
Area: 70.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nicolas Waltefaugle

Les Quinconces Cultural Center / Babin+Renaud

© Cécile Septet

Architects: Babin+Renaud
Location: ,
Area: 28,198 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Cécile Septet

Holiday Home in Sarzeau / RAUM

© Audrey Cerdan

Architects: RAUM
Location: ,
Area: 69.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Audrey Cerdan

Extension of the Helicopter Group of Civil Security / NBJ architectes

© Paul Kozlowski – photoarchitecture

Architects: NBJ architectes
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Elodie Nourrigat, Jacques Brion, Romain Jamot
Area: 5,700 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Kozlowski – photoarchitecture

Gymnasium Plabennec / Bohuon Bertic Architectes

© Patrick Miara

Architects: Bohuon Bertic Architectes
Location: Rue Joseph Bleunven, 29860 ,
Area: 2980.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Patrick Miara

Techstyle Haus: An 800 Square Foot Fabric House That Uses 90% Less Energy

The planters filter rainwater, which is then reused to grow edible plants. Photovoltaic panels are arrayed along the curved roof. Image © Kristen Pelou

The , and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Germany collaborated on a passive “fabric” house for the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe (which just wrapped up this month – see the winners here). In the following article, originally published on Metropolis MagazineMartin Pedersen reviews the remarkable house.

This summer’s 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe is well underway in France, where a solar-powered village of twenty sustainable homes designed and built by college students from all over the country, has emerged on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles. Students from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Brown University, and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Germany, have teamed up for Techstyle Haus, an 800-square-foot house that’s not only a model of energy efficiency but an elegant piece of design as well.

Extension of the St. Jean de Vedas Technical Center / Chrystelle Sanaa

© Marie-Caroline Lucat

Architects: Chrystelle Sanaa
Location: Avenue de Librilla, , France
Area: 250 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marie-Caroline Lucat

Hub Creatic / Tetrarc Architects

© Stéphane Chalmeau

Architects: Tetrarc Architects
Location: ,
Area: 6,520 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

Centre Culturel Lesigny / Atelier208

© A. Leclercq

Architects: Atelier208
Location: Lésigny,
Design And Building Team: Chloé & Meyer Oiknine, Thibault Guillaneau, Diego Ibad, N. Maslier
Area: 350 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: A. Leclercq

Maitres Vignerons / Vincent Coste

© Florent Joliot

Architects: Vincent Coste
Location: ,
Project Manager: Jérôme Garzon pour Vincent Coste Design Studio et associés
Year: 2014
Photographs: Florent Joliot

Childcare Centre in Lomme / Colboc Franzen & Associés

© Stephan Lucas

Architects: Colboc Franzen & Associés
Location: ,
Partners In Charge: Benjamin Colboc, Manuela Franzen, Arnaud Sachet
Design Team: Ulrich Faudry, Guillaume Choplain
Area: 1,277 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Stephan Lucas, Olivier Wogenscky

Maison A3 / Vincent Coste

© Azur

Architects: Vincent Coste
Location: Toulon, France
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Toulon Azur

Solar Decathlon Europe Announces Winners of its 2014 Contest

Rhome for Dencity / Rhome (Rome, Italy). Image © /

On Saturday night, the awards were announced in the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe, which is currently ongoing in the grounds of the Versailles Palace in France. The competition challenges university teams to build and run a full scale solar powered house, with awards being judged on a range of requirements including sustainability factors, architecture and comfort, with a different jury of three experts judging each requirement.

The overall winner, based on a combination of all the factors, was “Rhome for Dencity”, by the team from Roma Tre University, with a proposal that seeks to ”re-densify and re-qualify the boundaries of Rome” by applying principles of density and sustainability to this area where ”housing, country, archaeology and illegal buildings are interwoven.”

Read on after the break for images of all the winners

Epée de Bois – Nursery / h2o architectes

© Julien Attard

Architects: h2o architectes
Location: 5 Rue de l’Épée de Bois, ,
Area: 300 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Julien Attard

Auditorium Of Bondy & Radio France Choral Singing Conservatory / PARC Architectes

© 11h45

Architects: PARC Architectes
Location: , France
Area: 1,800 sqm
Photographs: 11h45

La Fromagerie / Vincent Coste

© Toulon Azur

Architects: Vincent Coste
Location: Aix-en-Provence,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Toulon Azur

AD Round Up: Happy Bastille Day!

Nova Green / Agence Bernard Bühler. Image © Vincent Monthiers

The fourteenth of July is Bastille Day, a day that commemorates the start of the French Revolution.  Named for the fortress prison that was stormed by revolutionaries on July 14th, 1789, Bastille Day is celebrated globally both by France and her former colonies, as well as many cities in the US.  In honor of this historic date, we’ve compiled some of our favorite French projects from the past few years.  In this round up you’ll find classics such as the Villa dall’Ava by OMA, as well as fantastic works like Nova Green by Agence Bernard Bühler, Pontivy Media Library and Louviers Music school by Opus 5 architectes, Platform Architecture’s Aquitanis Headquarters, L’Atoll Angers by Antonio Virga Architecte and AAVP Architecture, a Parking Attendant’s Pavilion by Jean-Luc Fugier, Kengo Kuma’s Aix en Provence Conservatory of Music, and Origami by Manuelle Gautrand ArchitectureJoyeux quatorze juillet!

GL Events Headquarters / Studio Odile Decq

© Roland Halbe

Architects: Studio Odile Decq
Location: 59 Quai Rambaud, 69002 Lyon,
Artist: Felice Varini
Area: 8300.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Roland Halbe,