France Ministry of Defense / ANMA

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Designed by ANMA to act as a natural machine, the new headquarters of the Ministry of Defense, located in southwestern , includes a health center, restaurants, media and sport centers as well as a crèche. This complex structure, designed around the strictest security requirements, is the largest public building to be built in for 20 years. The structure aims to present an image of the armed forces, not only as a protective force, but a strong and stately force as well. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: Paris Vol. 5 / The Seventh Movement

Two friends, the photographers of The Seventh Movement, gave themselves one week to photograph as much of as possible. Unsure of where this would lead, the ambitious project turned out to be larger than they could ever imagine. After an intense week in and spending countless hours editing, organizing and re-editing thousands of photographs, they settled on this time-lapse production – a synthesis of their best work. It is a bit long, but well worth the watch.

Groupe Chèque Déjeuner Headquarters / ART & BUILD ARCHITECT

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Location: Gennevilliers,
Architect In Charge: J.P. Rozé
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 30,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Art&Build

Council of Europe / Art&Build Architecs

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Architects: Art&Build Architecs
Location: ,
Associate Architect: Denu & Paradon
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 22,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Art&Build

Tourner autour du Ried / StAndré-Lang Architectes

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Architects: StAndré-Lang Architectes
Location: 67600 Muttersholtz,
Design Team: Bastien Saint-André, Maxime Lang
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 20 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of StAndré-Lang Architectes

Roller Coaster / Peripheriques Architectes + BERRANGER & VINCENT Architectes


Architects: Peripheriques Architectes +  BERRANGER & VINCENT Architectes
Location: Île de Nantes, Nantes,
Project Managers: Sébastien Truchot (Peripheriques Architectes), Antoine Roy (BERRANGER & VINCENT Architectes)
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 6,200 sqm
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

Reframe / Paul Scales and Atelier Kit

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Created by Paul Scales and Atelier Kit for the 7th annual ‘Le Festival des Architectures Vives ’ in , France, Reframe explores the theme of ‘surprise’ through the creation of an object that reframes the relation of the visitor to the space, the historic architecture and the other visitors. The festival is comprised of an architectural walking tour through the historic city center where heritage sites are opened up to modern architecture. Visitors experience a shift from the position of observer to observed, from control to controlled and willingly or not, become engaged in a game of surprise and be surprised. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Films & Architecture: “My Uncle”

This week we want to introduce a film by one of the filmmakers that cannot be out of this list. We’re talking about , the French director, writer, and actor that made his first color movie in 1958, ”Mon Oncle”.

Tati shows how the modern age affects and dramatically changes the way that people live. All the new technologies at that moment are incorporated in the scenes, were the interaction between this new concept of “modern spaces” and people is an element present in most of the movie.

What do you think about this approach of how modernity influenced (or still influencing) the way of living of our societies?

Wine Concept Store / COMPLEX CITY

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COMPLEX CITY shared with us their Wine Concept Store which is focused around three basic concepts: the vertical, the visual, and sensitivity. The image of the vine and its linearity are the starting point of this verticality that is reflected in the facade while the curve expresses a sensitivity related to a sensory awareness that takes place during the taste of wine. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Gymnase Clapiers / MDR Architectes

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Architects: MDR Architectes
Location: , France
Design Team: Sancie Matte Devaux, Frédéric Devaux, Arnaud Rousseau
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 900.0 sqm
Photographs: Benoit Wehrlé

Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery / Wodiczko + Bonder

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Located along the Loire riverfront in the center of the city of , this memorial, designed by Wodiczko + Bonder, is a metaphorical and emotional evocation of the struggle for the abolition of slavery. With the aim of being above all historic, the project still continues into the present and proposes a physical transformation and symbolic reinforcement of 350 meters of the coast of the Loire along Quai de la Fosse. This working memorial includes the adaptation of a pre-existing underground residual space, a product of the construction of the Loire embankments and port during the XVIII, XIX, and XX Centuries. It provides space and means for remembering and thinking about slavery and the slave trade; commemorating resistance and the abolitionist struggle; celebrating the historic act of abolition; and for bringing the visitor closer to the continuing struggle against present-day forms of slavery. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Housing Vitrolles / MDR Architectes

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Architects: MDR Architectes
Location: Vitrolles,
Design Team: Matte Devaux, Frédéric Devaux, Arnaud Rousseau
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 5315.0 sqm
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

Groupama / Scheubel + Genty Architectes

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Architects: Scheubel + Genty Architectes
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

Corim Logements / MDR Architectes

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Architects: MDR Architectes
Location: Montpellier,
Design Team: Sancie Matte Devaux, Frédéric Devaux, Arnaud Rousseau
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 2,756 sqm
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

10 Dwellings in Paris / Bourbouze & Graindorge

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Architects: Bourbouze & Graindorge
Location: 18th arrondissement of , ,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Philippe Ruault, David Boureau

“Le Cinq” Office Tower / Neutelings Riedijk Architects

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Neutelings Riedijk Architects has made a design for a 180 m high office tower, ‘Le Cinq’ in , commissioned by Brussels developer Buelens NV as one out of four teams for the international competition organized by the City of . The new skyscraper serves as the focal point for the east of in the new urban development of the XIIIth arrondissement, near to the Grande Bibliothèque. The tower consists of a stacking of five separate volumes of six stories each, cantilevered from two vertical cores with open space between the volumes. More images and architects’ description after the break.

One:One Theatre / Collective Etc.

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For one week during May this year, during the Detour de , Collective Etc. was invited by the association “Vivre la rue” to open a construction site in , in the district of Recouvrance, Saint Malo. In this context, they offered to add a contemporary layer to the ruins of the street, resulting in the One:One Theatre. Their intention was to highlight the existence of the access to the new footpath that connects the small garden to the staircase in the back of the street, which was made safe to be open to the public. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Alesia Museum / Bernard Tschumi Architects

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Architects: Bernard Tschumi Architects
Location: Le Pré Haut, 21150 , France
Design Team: Bernard Tschumi, Véronique Descharrières, Kim Starr, Remy Cointet, Joel Rutten, Antoine Santiard, Jean-Jacques Hubert, Adam Dayem, Jane Kim, and office teams in New York and Paris
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 8,000 sqm
Photographs: Christian Richters, Iwan Baan