Le Quai des Arts in Argentan / Architecture Patrick Mauger

© Didier Boy de la Tour

Architects: Architecture Patrick Mauger
Location: , 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: ,
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, ,
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: , France
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

Courtesy of Thomas Raynaud

Architects: Thomas Raynaud
Location: Marseille,
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, , France
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, ,
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: ,
Architect In Charge: Emmanuel Alassoeur
Area: 1,614 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brice Desrez

House in the Alberes / INCA Architects

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Architects: INCA Architects
Location: ,
Area: 288 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: N. Pianfetti

Le Clos Y / Dai Sugasawa

© Antoine DUHAMEL

Interior Designers: Dai Sugasawa
Location: 27 Avenue du Maine, 75015 ,
Project Chief: Simon Gasquet
Architects Chief: Pierre Millet
General Construction: Adriano de Sousa (CREADS)
Area: 100.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Antoine DUHAMEL

L’Orange de Ris / Edouard Francois

© Paul Raftery

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

Welfare Centre for children and teenagers in Paris / Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Verons architectes associes

© Vincent Fillon

Architects: Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Verons architectes associes
Location: Porte des Lilas, 75019 Paris,
Area: 5211.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Vincent Fillon

Pavillon d’été / Noémie Meney

© Germain Ferey

Architects: Noémie Meney
Location: , France
Studies : January 2013 – June 2013
Area: 16.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Germain Ferey

Le Coiffeur / Margaux Keller Design Studio + Bertrand Guillon Architecture

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Architects: Margaux Keller Design Studio + 
Location: 9 Quai du Lazaret, Marseille, France
Year: 2014
Photographs: Margaux Keller Design Studio

The Victor Gelez Community Centre / Dumont Legrand Architects

© Thomas Lannes

Architects: Dumont Legrand Architects
Location: Paris, France
Area: 760 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Thomas Lannes