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: Nanterre, France
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, , France.
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: , France
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 , France
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 Lille, . 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

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Architects: Tekhnê Architectes
Location: Lyon,
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: , France
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: Le Pecq, Île-de-,
Area: 3720 sqm
Photographs: Sergio Grazia, Hervé Abbadie

Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry / Chartier-Corbasson Architects

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Architects: Chartier-Corbasson Architects
Location: , France
Year: 2012
Area: 1,800 sqm
Photographs: R.Meffre & Y.Marchand

Ecole Maternelle La Venelle / Gaetan Le Penhuel Architectes

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Architects: Gaetan Le Penhuel Architectes
Location: , France
Year: 2008
Area: 3,283 sqm
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie

Childcare Facilities in Boulay / Paul Le Quernec

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Architects: Paul Le Quernec
Location: Ferme des Bougeois, , France
Assistant Architects: Damla Oktay, Michel Grasso, Benjamin Ringeisen, Guillaume Jenny
Year: 2012
Client: Communauté de Communes du Pays Boulageois
Photographs: Courtesy of Paul Le Quernec 

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: Saint-Jean-de-Belleville,
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: ,
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 Paris, , will be celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Dome designed by architect 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 OMA, along with a collaboration called Chrysalide between visual artist Yann Kersalé and Djuric Tardio – Architectes.

Join us after the break for more stunning images for the anticipated celebration.