Thibaudeau Architecte & Agence d’Architecture Guiraud-Manenc Design Sculptural Tourism Office in France
French firm Thibaudeau Architecte & Agence d’Architecture Guiraud-Manenc has earned second place for a competition to design the new tourism office for “Les Pays de Fontenay le Compte France.” Designed to encourage tourism in South Vendée, the design merges a contemporary style with a consideration for the historic and artistic identity of the area.
Fundamentals, the title of the 2014 Venice Biennale, will close its doors in a matter of days (on the 23rd November). From the moment Rem Koolhaas revealed the title for this year’s Biennale in January 2013, asking national curators to respond directly to the theme of ‘Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014’, there was an inkling that this Biennale would be in some way special. Having rejected offers to direct the Biennale in the past, the fact that Koolhaas chose to act not only as curator but also thematic co-ordinator of the complete international effort, was significant. This announcement led Peter Eisenman (one of Koolhaas’ earliest tutors and advocates) to state in one interview that “[Rem is] stating his end: the end of [his] career, the end of [his] hegemony, the end of [his] mythology, the end of everything, the end of architecture.”
Widening the debate on whether or not Paris should preserve its 19-century skyline or “embrace innovation,” Parisian city council members have rejected the controversial, 180-meter “Triangle Tower” designed by Herzog & de Meuron. Despite the 83-78 vote, the fight carries on; Mayor Anne Hidalgo has declared the veto to be invalid and hopes a new round of balloting will rule in favor of the tower. Though, in a city that fears of loosing its “existing urban fabric to skyscrapers,” it seems unlikely that the tower will be built.
Architects: Debarre Duplantiers AssocieÌs Architecture & Paysage
Location: Henri Descot Street, 33150 Cenon, France
Architect In Charge: Martin Duplantier Architectes, Laurent Duplantier Architect
Project Manager: Jean-Baptiste Monthiers
Area: 7280.0 sqm
Photographs: Yohan Zerdoun, Arthur Pequin
Architects: Debarre Duplantier Associés Architecture & Paysage
Location: Anglet, France
Area: 38000.0 sqm
Photographs: Arthur Pequin, Yohan Zerdoun