Lac de Vioreau Leisure Center / Guinée et Potin Architects

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Architects: Guinée et Potin Architects
Location: La Boustière, 44440,
Architects In Charge: Anne-Flore Guinée, Hervé Potin
Area: 1450.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nicolas Pineau, Stéphane Chalmeau

The Flow / atelier d’architecture King Kong

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Architects: atelier d’architecture King Kong
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Frédéric Neau
Project Manager: Nicolas Broussous
Area: 4050.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Roland Halbe

Lacaton & Vassal’s Lesson in Building Modestly

FRAC Dunkerque / . Image © Philippe Ruault

The French duo of Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal are known for their delicate interventions, repurposing neglected structures with apparent effortlessness. Originally published on the Harvard Gazette website entitled “They Build, But Modestly,” this article recounts the lessons which they offered students in a recent lecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Around 1980, two young architects finished their training in Bordeaux, France, and moved to Nigeria. In that African nation’s remote regions, they were inspired by the simple structures they saw amid the stark, stunning desert landscapes. The houses were open to the air, had utilitarian thatched roofs, and were made with bits of local wood. Modesty prevailed in structures that also invited beauty.

The lessons of building in Africa stayed with Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal in their -based practice, Lacaton & Vassal: use what is there, stay simple, embrace open air, and honor light, freedom, and grace. They practice social architecture based on economy, modesty, and the found beauty of environments.

Media Library in Bourg-la-Reine / Pascale Guédot Architecte

© Hervé Abbadie

Architects: Pascale Guédot Architecte
Location: ,
Design Team: Pascale Guédot Architecte ; Loïc Levisalles, chef de projet ; Luca Antognoli, assistant ; FORR, Carolina Fois, paysagiste ; Speeg + Michel, concepteurs lumière ; Batiserf, BET structure ; Alto, BET fluides et HQE ; Ayda, acousticien ; Forgue, économiste ; CL Infra, BET VRD ; Global, OPC ; Ateliers 59, signalétique
Area: 2000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie

Two New Books Claim Le Corbusier was a “Militant Fascist”

, by Willy Rizzo. Photos via Le Journal de la Photographie. Image © Willy Rizzo

Shocking allegations have surfaced in two new books that claim Le Corbusier was a “militant fascist.” Although the architect’s connections with a collaborationist regime in France have been known for some time, the authors claim new evidence reveals the depths of his sympathy toward Nazi activity.

Group Exhibition at the Frac Centre to Explore the History of the Relief

Peaks, « Terminal de ferry, Geiranger, Norvège / Premier prix, concours international 120H, en collaboration avec Hugo Enlart », 2013 © Peaks

From April 10, the Frac Centre will host “Relief(s)— Designing the Horizon”, a series of exhibitions, workshops, and meetings exploring the place of the relief in the timeline of modern art. Over five months the work of Yasuaki Onishi, Gérard Singer, and Aurélie Pétrel will be on display alongside a host of  supplementary cultural and educational programs. Hoping to “[shed] new light on the way in which contemporary art can renew our reading of the landscape and, more broadly the environment”, the will run until September 19. Learn more about the artists involved and view selected works after the break.

The ‘Hippodrome De La Baie” / NOMADE Architects

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Architects: NOMADE Architects
Location: ,
Area: 1095.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Patrick Miara

Dock En Seine Offices / Franklin Azzi Architecture

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Architects: Franklin Azzi Architecture
Location: Rue Paulin Talabot, 93400 Saint-Ouen,
Project Management: Neximmo 62
Area: 16200.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Franklin Azzi Architecture

Neker Enfants Malades Hospital / Philippe Gazeau

© Philippe Ruault

Architects: Philippe Gazeau
Location: 149 Rue de Sèvres, 75015 ,
Commissioned Architect: Philippe Gazeau
Project Director: Jacques Forté
Work Director: Michel Delamotte
Area: 60000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Anne de Bretagne Secondary School / Philippe Gazeau

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Architects: Philippe Gazeau
Location: 36 Allée de la Bourgonnière, 44800 Saint-Herblain,
Area: 6443.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Lycée Neslon Mandela Secondary School / Philippe Gazeau

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Architects: Philippe Gazeau
Location: Rue Julien Pranville, 91150 , France
Area: 11232.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Odontology Teaching and Research Center / Philippe Gazeau

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Architects: Philippe Gazeau
Location: 63100 , France
Area: 10000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Philippe Ruault, Christophe Camus

Information Centre for the Parc Naturel Régional Du Gâtinais / JOLY&LOIRET

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Architects: JOLY&LOIRET
Location: , France
Design Team: Cferm Mep And Environmental Consultant, Evp Structural Engineer, V. Pourtau Quantity Surveyor
Area: 1000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of JOLY&LOIRET

Early Childhood Center / a+ samueldelmas architects urbanistes

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Architects: a+ samueldelmas architects urbanistes
Location: Asnières-sur-Seine,
Client: Ville d’Asnières sur Seine
Budget: 3,4M euros HT
Area: 1200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Julien Lanoo, Courtesy of a+ samueldelmas

Sou Fujimoto-Led Team Selected to Design Ecole Polytechnique Learning Centre in Paris

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With an idea based on “flexibility, mingling and openness,” Sou Fujimoto Architects, Manal Rachdi OXO Architects and Nicolas Laisné Associates have been announced as winners of a restricted competition to design a new Ecole Polytechnique learning center at Paris-Saclay University. The winning scheme, chosen over four finalists, will consolidate six institutions under one roof: Ecole Polytechnique, Institut Mines-Telecom, AgroParisTech, ENSTA ParisTech, ENSAE ParisTech and Institut d’Optique (IOGS).

ECOPOLE / ENO architectes

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Architects: ENO architectes
Location: Zone d’activité du Colguen, 29900 Concarneau,
Architects In Charge: Claire du Crest and Xavier Stocq
Construction Management: OPC
Area: 770.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Pascal Leopold

Home Renovation / Julien Joly Architecture

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Architects: Julien Joly Architecture
Location: Paris,
Area: 55.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Julien Fernandez

Baillargues Nursery School / MDR Architectes

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Architects: MDR Architectes
Location: , France
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mathieu Ducros