Water at-traction / bureau faceB

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French practice bureau faceB has redefined the pedestrian bridge with their winning design concept that allows residents to “flirt with the water” as they traverse across an intentionally unstable bridge. Dubbed “Water at-traction”, the atypical bridge embraces the potential of traction as it’s steel cables stretch across the Seine in and reconnects the city to the water.

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Ferme Darwin Proposal / SOA + holdUP

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Designed by SOA + holdUP, the FERME DARWIN Proposal synthesizes a vertical farm and cultural facilities in an original manner. Stacking these disparate elements of art, music, and education up is like celebrating the insertion of agriculture in the very heart of the city. Anchored in a visionary city like Bordeaux, the project also addresses health, food, ethical and social concerns. More images and architects’ description after the break.

La Grange de Mon Père / MJ Architectes

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Architects: MJ Architectes
Location: , France
Architects: Marielle Camoin, Jonathan Inzerillo
Restructuration: 35 sqm
Extension: 63 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Michael Jan

Massy Logements / du Besset-Lyon Architectes

© Philippe Ruault

Architects: du Besset-Lyon Architectes
Location: , France
Design Team: Dominique Lyon, Pierre du Besset
Project Manager: Svetla Grigorova
Team: SCOPING (structure, fluids engineering, economics and HQE)
Client: IMMOBILIERE 3F
Area: 5,088 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Rockfeller University Restaurant / XTO architectes

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Architects: XTO architectes
Location: Lyon,
Architects: JY Godot, Jean Delacroix, Pierre Dumas
Client: Centre Régional des Oeuvres Universitaires et Sociales de Lyon
Area: 2,520 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Studio Erick Saillet

Le Candide / Bruno Rollet Architecte

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Architects: Bruno Rollet Architecte
Location: ,
Architect: Bruno Rollet
Assistant Architect: Emeline Pacreau
Engineers: EPDC
General Contractor: DEMATHIEU & BARD
Electricity: HELIN ELEC
Client: Vitry-sur-Seine OPH (housing improvement operation)
Area: 2,316 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Luc Boegly

Velizy Cemetery / Philippe Harden + Olivier Rozé Architects

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Architects: Philippe Harden + Olivier Rozé Architects
Location: Town of Velizy-Villacoublay, France
Landscape Designer: Vincent Lamotte
Area: 3700 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Philippe Harden

Villa Solaire / JKA + FUGA

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Architects: JKA + FUGA
Location: Pied de La Plagne, , France
Design Team: – Jérémie Koempgen Architecture, FUGA – J.Aich & M.Recordon designers
Cost: 1,100,000 EUR (excluding tax)
Area: 620 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Julien Lanoo

The Masséna Competition Entry / Harmonic + Masson Architects and Comte Vollenweider Architects

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Designed by, the proposal by Harmonic + Masson Architects and Comte Vollenweider Architects for The Masséna is emblematic of the new Left Bank, which has spread along the Seine in . Created to be symbolic move, the Left Bank has always been the public face of , but it is now expressing that in height terms. The first and only 50-metre projects in for many years are both being built in the same part of the city. Height is staking a claim as a possible planning tool in a “new” urban environment – and at the same time marking out new city limits. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Apartment Blocks in Nanterre / X-TU

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Architects: X-TU
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Nicolas Desmazières, Anouk Legendre
Project Leader: Nicolas Jomain
Area: 13,252 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Luc Boegly

Hérouville-Saint-Clair Hotel / Platform Architectures

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Architects: Platform Architectures
Location: Hérouville-Saint-Clair, , .
Architect In Charge: Julie Clement
Design Team: Bruno Douliery, François Ehouarn, Olivier Leroy
Client: Shema
Photographs: Jerome Ricolleau

M9-C Building / BP Architectures

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Architects: BP Architectures
Location: ,
Design Team: Jean Bocabeille, Ignacio Prego
Budget: € 25,670,000
Area: 9,845 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of BP Architectures, Sergio Grazia, Luc Boegly

Georges-Freche School of Hotel Management / Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

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Architects: Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas
Location: 401, rue le Titien 34000 Montpellier,
Year: 2007-2012: competition 2007, won competition April 2007, building site January 2010, Inauguration September 2012
Project Team: Damon Belusco (project leader), Michele D’Arcangelo, Nicola Cabiati (model), Ana Gugic (interiors)
Client: Région Languedoc-Roussillon
Contractors: GFC – structure, SMAC – façades, BARSALOU – frames
Consultants: ALTIA – Acoustics, NEVEUX-ROUYER – Landscape Architects, ALMA Consulting – Kitchen design
Net surface: 23,600 sq.m.
Gross surface: 25,736.80 sq.m.
Area surface:16,500 sq.m.

Lotus Dome / Studio Roosegaarde

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The interactive artwork ‘Lotus Dome’, by artist and architect Daan Roosegaarde of Studio Roosegaarde, was opened in Sainte Marie Madeleine Church in , . The project, which will be on view until January 13, 2013, is a living dome made out of hundreds of ultra-light aluminium flowers that fold open in response to human behavior. When approached, the big silver dome lights up and opens its flowers. Its behavior moves from soft breathing to a more dynamic mood when more people interact. The light slowly follows people, creating an interactive play of light and shadow. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Sunny Gymnasium / Tekhnê Architectes

© Renaud Araud

Architects: Tekhnê Architectes
Location: , France
Building Services Engineers: Astrius
Structural Timber Engineers: Arborescence
Structural Concrete Engineers: DPI
Acoustics Engineers: EAI
Building Environmental Quality Engineers: eEgénie
Construction Economist: Denizou
Area: 1,747 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Renaud Araud

Saint Denis Housing / Ateliers O-S architectes

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Architects: Ateliers O-S architectes
Location: Saint-Denis,
Project Team: Vincent Baur, Guillaume Colboc, Gaël Le Nouëne, Aurelie Louesdon
Area: 2,480 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Cecile Septet

Hospital in Villeneuve d’Ascq / Jean-Philippe Pargade

© Luc Boegly

Architects: Jean-Philippe Pargade
Location: Villeneuve-d’Ascq, Nord-Pas-de-Calais,
Project Management: , Egis Nord, Martin et Guiheneuf
Year: 2007
Area: 22,681 sqm
Usable Floor Area: 13,297 sqm
Photographs: Luc Boegly

Groupe Scolaire Normandie-Niemen / Gaetan Le Penhuel Architectes

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Architects: Gaetan Le Penhuel Architectes
Location: , Île-de-,
Area: 3720 sqm
Photographs: Sergio Grazia, Hervé Abbadie