La Luciole Concert Hall / Moussafir Architectes Associés

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Architects: Moussafir Architectes Associés
Location: 171 Rue de Bretagne, Alençon,
Design Team: Jacques Moussafir with Francesca De Marchi, Nicolas Hugoo, Alexis Duquennoy, Guillaume Cournut, Laurent Théaux and Albert Ruiz
Area: 1,274 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Luc Boegly,

Morangis Retirement Home / VOUS ETES ICI Architectes

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Architects: VOUS ETES ICI Architectes
Location: Paris,
Architect In Charge: A. Becker, J. Paulré, P. Pflughaupt
Area: 5,315 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: 11H45

3 Social Dwellings / Chartier-Dalix architects

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Architects: Chartier-Dalix architects
Location: Conches-sur-Gondoire,
Client: Mairie de Conches sur Gondoire
Budget: 315,000 E HT
Area: 176 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Samuel Lehuede

Moucharabieh New-School / Y.Architectes + Gautier+Conquet

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Architects: Y.Architectes, Gautier+Conquet
Location: Nîmes, France
Team: Yann Fontaine, Yann Drossart, Corinne Drossart
Team: Dominique Gautier
Client: Nîmes Métropole
Area: 230 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brice Robert

Université Paris Diderot / Lacoudre Architectures

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Architects: Lacoudre Architectures
Location: , France
Design Team: Anne Since, Christian Koch, Anne Derian, Camille Thirouin, Michel Tan, Pauline Ferraeira
Area: 15,300 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nicolas Borel, 11h45

‘Neither Cloud Nor Rock’ Installation / Raum Architects

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Raum Architects shared with us their recent project titled ‘Neither Cloud nor Rock’, an art installation for the National Institute of Agricultural Research in Nancy. The piece covers an exterior area intended to people who work there, opposite to the restaurant. It protects researchers from rain and sun. The object floats, clinging to the trees, and moves with them. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Un Zeste de Citron / Y. Architectes

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Architects: Y. Architectes
Location: Saint Priest, Rhône,
Architect In Charge: Yann Fontaine, Yann Drossart, Corinne Drossart
Area: 238.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Brice Robert

BA 105 / Lacoudre Architectures

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Architects: Lacoudre Architectures
Location: Evreux,
Area: 40,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: 11h45

Mirror Ball / Y. Architectes

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Architects: Y. Architectes
Location: Saint Priest, Rhône,
Architect In Charge: Yann Fontaine, Yann Drossart, Corinne Drossart
Area: 179.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brice Robert

ENSTA / JB Lacoudre Architectures

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Architects: JB Lacoudre Architectures
Location: Palaiseau,
Collaborating Architects: Laurent Toussaint, Christian Koch, Florent Poisson
Client: SOGEPROM and Adim
Area: 24,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: 11h45, Nicolas Borel

Stone House / Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architect

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Architects: Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architect
Location: Luberon,
Year: 2011
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie

Farshid Moussavi Architecture Wins Jardins de la Lironde Competition


This unconventional stack of shifting floor plates forms what will soon be a new, 36-unit apartment block in French city of . City officials released the news this week, naming Farshid Moussavi Architecture as winner of the Jardins de la Lironde competition.

The 11-story tower’s unique shape will offer residents expansive balconies with coastal views and a ground level restaurant. Construction is expected to begin in 2014, marking the first phase of a master plan to construct 12 new buildings in the Port Marianne district.

More images and plans of the Jardins de la Lironde tower after the break…

OMA to Masterplan Southern Neighborhood of Bordeaux

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In order to accommodate the expansion of the local tram system, La Fabrique Métropolitaine de la Communauté Urbaine de Bordeaux has commissioned OMA to design a new major urban development in the southern district of Bordeaux, France. Over the next five years, the masterplan will regenerate the neighborhoods of Bègles and Villenave d’Ornon by forging new connections to Bordeaux’s central station and unlocking the potential for both city development and public space.

This project is part of the new identity for the “Porte Sud de Bordeaux” (Bordeaux south gate) and continues OMA’s intensive recent engagement in Bordeaux, as the office has been working since 2010 on the masterplan for 50,000 new units in the city.

More on OMA’s Bordeaux masterplan after the break…

Social Housing Units in Saint-Denis / Atelier du Pont

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Architects: Atelier du Pont
Location: Saint-Denis,
Architects In Charge: Anne-Cécile Comar, Philippe Croisier, Stéphane Pertusier
Project Managers: Luc Pinsard and François Kharrat
Area: 2,815 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Luc Boegly

Logements Marnes-la-Coquette / LEM+ architectes

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Architects: LEM+ architectes
Location: Saint-Cloud,
Engineers: Scoping
Contractor: TMCR
Area: 3,338 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Julien Lanoo

Herzog & de Meuron Breaks Ground on ‘Grand Stade de Bordeaux’


Nearly two years after unveiling the design to the public, Herzog & de Meuron broke ground this morning on the new ‘Grand Stade de ’ in France. Surrounded by lush vegetation typically found in this green belt district, the stepped concourse transitions visitors through a forest of slender white columns to the stadium’s bowl, whose form ensures maximum flexibility and optimal visibility for all 43,000 spectators.

Completion is set for 2015, just in time to host the Euro 2016 football championship.

The architect’s description after the break…

BIG Wins Europa City Development in Paris

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Danish architecture firm, BIG - led by Bjarke Ingels – has been announced as the winner of an international invited competition for the design of Europa City,  a 800,000 square meter cultural, recreational and retail development in Triangle de Gonesse, France.  Combining city development with an open landscape, creates a dynamic center of activity for visitors and residents, appealing to the variety of functions of city life.   is situated along the route from Charles de Gaule Airport to Paris and has a wide range of programs that is part of a larger initiative to attract international tourism into the northern parts of Paris.

More on the project after the break…

Louviers Music School Rehabilitation and Extension / Opus 5 Architectes

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Architects: Opus 5 Architectes
Location: Rue Des Pénitents, Louviers,
Architect In Charge: Bruno Decaris, Agnès Pontremoli, Pierre Tisserand
Area: 2,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Luc Boegly, Bruno Decaris