Zaha Hadid Architects’ First Built Tower: CMA CGM Headquarters

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’ first built tower, the CMA CGM Headquarters in , France, is most immediately notable for its vertical form.

As the stunning images from Hufton + Crow show, the tower’s disparate volumes (generated from gradual centripetal vectors) gently converge towards each other and then bend apart to create an elegant “metallic curving arc that slowly lifts and accelerates skywards into [...a] dramatic vertical geometry.”

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Lille Modern Art Museum / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

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Architects: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
Location: Villeneuve d’Ascq,
Architect In Charge: Roland Simounet
Project Manager: Yves Tougard
Area: 11,600 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Max Lerouge – LMCU, Philippe Ruault, Vincent Fillon

Lycée Régional René Goscinny / José Morales & Rémy Marciano

© Philippe Ruault

Architects: Rémy Marciano, José Morales
Location: Alpes, Maritimes
Architects In Charge: ,
Assistant Architects: Mathieu Barbier-Bouvet, Jean-Luc Fugier
Area: 9200.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Cite Des Affaires in Saint-Etienne / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

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Architects: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
Location: , France
Project Manager: Thomas Daragon
Studies Project Manager: Yves Tougard
Year: 2010
Photographs: Vincent Fillon, Philippe Ruault

The Beam / MVRDV and de Alzua+

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Development corporation ADIM Nord with MVRDV and have been announced the winners of an competition in the French town of Villeneuve d’Ascq. Dubbed ‘The Beam’, the winning proposal will transform a cluster of disused parking lots and a former petrol station into a dense, pedestrianized haven, whose 15,000 square meters of offices, retail space and lodging will hover over the adjacent motorway as a icon of a larger urban regeneration effort for the town center.

More information on The Beam after the break…

Les Grands Moulins-Sport Complex / Ligne 7 Architecture

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Architects: Ligne 7 Architecture
Location: Ville d’Epernon,
Architect In Charge: Bernard Ritaly & Dominique Lardeau
Engineering: EGIS Centre Ouest
Landscape: TN+
Client : City of Epernon
Area: 2,400 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

The extension of the Montreuil Polytechnic / Ateliers 2_3_4_

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Architects: Ateliers 2/3/4/
Location: , France
Architect In Charge: Olivier Arene, Jean-François Patte, Emilie Sopena
Design Team: Elie Marçais, Hélène Arligui, Olivia Medot, Nicolas Guillaume, Fabrizio Glorioso, Guilio Tarquini, Tae Hyung Kim
Area: 4,400 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Juan Sepulveda, Nicolas Fussler

51 Logements in Viry-Châtillon / Margot-Duclot architectes associés

© Jean-Michel Landecy

Architects: Margot-Duclot architectes associés
Location: Viry-Châtillon,
Area: 4870.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Jean-Michel Landecy

Electric / Mathieu Lehanneur

© Felipe Ribon

Architects: Mathieu Lehanneur
Location: Porte de Versailles, 75015, Paris,
Collaborating Architect: Ana Moussinet
Associated Authors: John Michael Ramirez and Romain Dian (Régine, Schmuck and Hippodrome de Longchamp)
Client: Viparis
Area: 1380.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Felipe Ribon

Aires Mateus Architectes Lecture

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Aires Mateus Architectes will be delivering a lecture on March 28th at 7:00pm at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal. Manuel Aires Mateus will be presenting one of their well-known projects, the Alcacer do Sal Residence, located in Alcacer do Sal, Portugal. Based on an attentive reading of the life of a very specific kind of community, this beautiful project is a sort of micro-society designed with its own rules. The reduct mobility of those who will live in the building suggests that any displacement should be an emotive and variable experience. For more information, please visit here.

Mosquito Coast Factory / Tolila+Gilliland

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Architects: Tolila+Gilliland
Location: Campbon,
Client: Mosquito Coast Factory
Area: 517.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Reception Center and Social Reintegration, Residence Henri Durand / Hélène Fricout-Cassignol Architects

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Architects: Hélène Fricout-Cassignol Architects
Location: Louviers,
Area: 2,200 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Hélène Fricout-Cassignol Architects

Buckminster Fuller’s 50-Foot “Fly’s Eye” Dome to be Restored

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Noted architectural historian and preservationist has purchased the largest of Buckmister Fuller’s ”Fly’s Eye” domes and plans to reopen it to the public this summer for the first time in 30 years.

More on Fuller’s dome and its new owner after the break…

Transition Centre of 24 housing in Rambouillet / Benjamin Fleury

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Architects: Benjamin Fleury
Location: ,
Area: 1,020 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: David Boureau

Development Banks of the Meurthe / Atelier Cite Architecture

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Architects: Atelier Cite Architecture
Location: Raon L’Étape,
Landscape: ARPAE
Light Designer: Scene Publique (Agathe Argod)
Structure: Groupe Alto
Hydraulic: SINBIO
Area: 20,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Michel Denancé

Vieux Port Pavilion / Foster + Partners

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Saturday in Marseille, , pedestrians and city officials joined Foster + Partners to celebrate the completion of the Vieux Port Pavilion at the mouth of Marseille’s World Heritage-listed harbor. Minimal, yet effective, this “discreet” intervention provides a new sheltered events space on the eastern edge of the port. With six slender pillars supporting its razor-thin profile, the polished 46 by 22 meter stainless steel canopy amplifies and reflects the surrounding movement of the harbor, creating a spectacle that encourages pedestrians to linger.

More on Foster’s Vieux Port Pavilion after the break…

Little Emergency Music School in Palaiseau / ARCHICLUB

© Guillaume Lelasseux

Architects: ARCHICLUB
Location: South Paris,
Architect In Charge: Fabien Duchene + Vasily Mels
Consultants Fluids / Environnement : IDEEL environnement
Consultants Structure: ID+ engineering
Consultants Acoustics: DOT acoustics
Area: 256.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Guillaume Lelasseux

New Accommodation Facility for Alzheimer’s / Philippon-Kalt

© Hervé Abbadie

Architects: Philippon-Kalt
Location: Paris,
Area: 4,300 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie, Grégoire Kalt, Luc Boegly