Marne-la-Vallée Library / Beckmann-N’Thépé Architects

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Architects: Beckmann-N’Thépé Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Hélène Méhats
Design Team: Fabio Cummaudo, Wilfried Daufy, Anne-Catherine Dufros, Marc Durand, Nicolas Gaudard, Thamila Hamiti, David Malaval, David Tajchman, Frédéric Taupin
Assistant Architects: Amélie Authier, Maïté Dupont, Li Fang, Linna Lay, Laetitia Pignol
Year: 2012
Area: 8,670 sqm
Client: Marne-la-Vallée University
Photographs: Olivier Amsellem

The Cabin / H2o architects

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Architects: H2o architects
Location: , France
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 55 sqm
Photographs: Julien Attard

RIBA awards architecturespossibles with 2012 Manser Medal

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Maison L, the dramatic addition that transformed an 18th century orangery into an innovative contemporary house on the outskirts of Paris, has been awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ () 2012 Manser Medal for best newly designed private house. The major restoration and extension was designed by christian pottgiesser architecturespossibles (CPAP), a well-published practiced based in Paris whose portfolio ranges from small private homes to large scale urban design. The French home was selected over four other impressive residences, seen here on the 2012 Manser Medal shortlist.

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48 Logements – Vitry sur Seine / Gaëtan Le Penhuel Architecture

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Architects: Gaëtan Le Penhuel Architecture
Location: Vitry-sur-Seine,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Sergio Grazia

100 years under the Dome : 1912-2012

Festival de la mode, David Lachapelle, 1999 © Archives Galeries Lafayette

Beginning on October 16th, 2012, Galeries Lafayette in , France, will be celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Dome designed by architect Ferdinand Chanut and glass artist Jacques Gruber in 1912.  100 years under the Dome will be held at the flagship store of the boulevard Haussmann, a true Parisian symbol.  In addition, the gallery will launch an exhibition called 1912-2012. Chronicles of a Creative Itinerary by architect Rem Koolhaas and his studio , along with a collaboration called Chrysalide between visual artist Yann Kersalé and Djuric Tardio – Architectes.

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Basket Apartments in Paris / OFIS architects

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Architects: OFIS architects
Location: Paris,
Design Team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Robert Janez, Janez Martincic, Andrej Gregoric, Janja del Linz, Louis Geiswiller, Hyunggyu Kim, Chaewan Shin, Jaehyun Kim, Erin Durno, Javier Carrera, Giuliana Fimmano, Jolien Maes, Lin Wei
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Tomaz Gregoric

The Plongeoir / SPRAY Architecture

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Architects: SPRAY Architecture
Location: Muttersholtz,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 14 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of SPRAY Architecture

OMA wins competition for new engineering school in France

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OMA has been selected from four competing international architectural practices to design the new École Centrale engineering school and its surrounding urban development in the research and innovation zone of Saclay, southwest of Paris.

Spearheaded by Clément Blanchet, director of OMA projects in , the winning “lab city” concept contrasts the corridor linearity of the typical laboratory. The design proposes a low level, glass-roofed superblock that contains an interior open plan grid, where various activities can interact and be overlooked simultaneously. Continue after the break to learn more.

Harbonnieres Residential / Chartier-Dalix Architects

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Architects: Chartier-Dalix Architects
Location: , France
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 2,423 sqm
Photographs: Luc Boegly

Médiathèque grand M / Atelier d’architecture King Kong

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Architects: Atelier d’architecture King Kong
Location: , France
Architect In Charge: Frédéric Neau
Project Manager: Julie Dehaut
Graphist Designer: Julie Soistier
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Arthur Péquin

Jean Carrière Nursery School / Tectoniques Architects

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Architects: Tectoniques Architects
Location: Nimes,
Associated Architects: Atelier GA
Photographs: Jerome Ricolleau

Hollande Béthune Social Housing / FRES Architectes

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Architects: FRES Architectes
Location: , France
Design Team: Laurent Gravier, Sara Martin Camara
Associated Architect: KENK Architecten
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Social Housing in Paris / Bigoni Mortemard Architects

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Architects: Bigoni Mortemard Architects
Location: , France
Architect In Charge: Joachim Bakary
Design Team: Stéphane Bigoni, Antoine Mortemard
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Bigoni Mortemard Architects

Center for New Businesses / Barcode Architects + Habiter Autrement

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As part of the masterplan, ‘Bassin a Flots’ designed by ANMA/Nicolas Michelin, Barcode Architects and Habiter Autrement recently presented the Pôle de Compétences (Center for New Businesses). The 7,000m2 project will be a part of the masterplan, which aims on a phased transformation of the present introvert industrial harbor area into a new lively precinct with an urban mixture of living, working, and recreation. The slender 90 meter long and 21 meter tall building presents itself as a pure monolith volume stretching out over the entire length of the site. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Jessie-Owens Gymnasium / Épicuria Architectes

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Architects: Épicuria Architectes
Location: Champigny,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 2,452 sqm
Photographs: 11h45

Refurbishment of the First Cinema for Art House Film: Studio des Ursulines / h2o Architectes

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The initiative by h2o Architectes for the renovation of the first cinema for art house film follows the tradition of innovation and evolution that have been a part of this establishment’s history. The main project for the Studio des Ursulines in was concentrated on the lobby, as the existing theatre has been simply refurbished. Founded in 1925, by the actors Armand Tallier and Laurence Myrga, this theater continues it’s tradition today by catering to the younger Parisian public by providing a locale to discover cinema in it’s many facets. The small theater offers selective programming as well as the opportunity to meet those who make films. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New Department of Islamic Art Opens Tomorrow at the Louvre

Department of Islamic Arts at © Raffaele Cipolletta. Courtesy Mario Bellini Architect(s)

Twenty-four years after the inauguration of I.M. Pei’s glass pyramid, the Musée du Louvre will introduce its second piece of contemporary architecture to the public, tomorrow, on September 22.

The new Department of Islamic Arts is designed by Milanese architect Mario Bellini and his French colleague Rudy Ricciotti, who won the commission through an international competition in 2005. Similar to I.M. Pei, the pair created a naturally lit, subterranean gallery space beneath an undulating, roof within the courtyard of the historic Cour Visconti. Continue after the break to learn more.

Jardin Serge Gainsbourg / Territoires

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Landscape Designer: Territoires
Location: Porte des Lilas, Paris,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nicolas Waltefaugle