10 Logements Paris / RMDM Architectes

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Architects: RMDM Architectes 
Location: 5,9 Impasse Dupuy, ,
Project Team: Alexandre de Muizon, Philippe Maillols, Eric Dolent
Project Area: 780 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of RMDM Architectes

Logements Rue Riquet / François Noël Architectes

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Architects: François Noël Architectes
Location: Rue Riquet, ,
Project Area: 4,925 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Martin Argyroglo

Eden Bio / Edouard François

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Architects: Edouard François
Location: Paris, 
Project Area: 7,700 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Edouard François

71 council and private flats in Sète / CFA

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Architects: CFA – Colboc Franzen & associés
Location: , France
Project Team: Benjamin Colboc, Manuela Franzen, Arnaud Sachet
Project Area: 3,913 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Client: Pragma
Photographs: Cécile Septet

Kindergarten in Paris / Eva Samuel Architect Urbanist & Associates

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Architects: Eva Samuel Architect Urbanist & Associates
Location: Ecolematernelle, Dalle des Olympiades, ,
Design Team: S.Romain Architect, S. dirvariu, F. Laheurte assistants
Renovation Surface: 2,400 sqm
Budget: $8,5
Completion: 2012
Construction: Eiffage
Photographs: Gaston Bergeret, Eva Samuel Architect Urbanist & Associates

Pavillon Speciale 2012 Summer Architecture Series

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The Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in , with the presence of Benjamin Ball and students from the 6th Semester Atelier 3x of the Ecole Speciale, inaugurated the 2012 Ball-Nouges studio ‘Pavillon Speciale’. This marks the 2nd edition of the summer architecture series that gives young emerging international architects the opportunity to build with students a temporary pavilion project in the heart of Paris. Curated and conceived by Matteo Cainer in the summer of 2010, the series is unique worldwide because it establishes a bridge between the architectural profession and academia, becoming therefore an integral part of the educational program of the school. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Sur Mesure’ Sticker Installation / FREAKS freearchitects

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The ‘Sur Mesure’ Sticker Installation, designed by FREAKS freearchitects, was placed onto the facade of Oscar Niemeyer’s Building for French Communist Party Headquarters in this past December. Known forNiemeyer’s simple construction without ornament, the installation creates a simple, yet interesting addition to the building for people around the city. Completed in the early 1980′s, the intention of letting it “breathe” to the city and not break the site generates an open space district with its undulating forms. This then mirrors the continuity of the urban fabric of the neighborhood and frames the plaza. The video shows the process of installing the immense sticker onto the facade. More images of the installation can be viewed after the break.

Helicosm / FREAKS freearchitects

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Architects: FREAKS freearchitects
Location: 
Project Team: Guillaume Aubry, Cyril Gauthier, Yves Pasquet
Project Area: 100 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of FREAKS freearchitects

Well Building 2050 Competition

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The Well building 2050, an international design contest for housing in the strategic area of “La défense” , is giving additional time to apply until Wednesday, June 13 at 12h00 GMT . The competition challenges students worldwide to place quality of life and energy efficiency at the heart of urban housing in 2050. We need to consider housing from a new perspective, to bring about changes and improvements to the skills and jobs related to designing, constructing and using tomorrow’s place to live in. For more information on the competition, please visit here.

Press Conference Room of the French Ministry of Agriculture / h2o Architectes

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With a request from the client for a contemporary and timeless design in order to match the Institution that it would represent, h2o Architectes transforms this “technical tool” into a space of representation and communication for the Minister and its politicians. As a result, the Ministry of Agriculture now has a performing tool which combines poetry and rigour in a flexible and controlled environment. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Lyon Confluence / Jean-Paul Viguier et Associes

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Architects: Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés 
Location: Lyon,
Developer: SEM Lyon Confluence
Completion: 2012
Surfaces: Hotel: 8,300 sqm – Leisure Center: 64,580 sqm (with Multiplex UGC) – Multiplex UGC: 10,000 sqm
Photographs: Takuji Shimmura

   

“Re•architecture – RE•cycle, RE•use, RE•invest, RE•build” Exhibition

Courtesy of Pavillon de l’Arsenal

Focusing on and its diversity, the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, the center for information and exhibition for urban planning and architecture, has invited fifteen European agencies that question the way that modern-day cities are built to participate in this exhibition.

Through their original strategies, these architects are part of collectives or associations, work in multidisciplinary teams and carry out experiments on cities in order to reinvent the everyday reality of our fellow citizens. The presentation of their lively, direct and sustainable projects is an invitation to discover and share in exciting ways of enhancing city landscapes.

The thirty exhibited proposals, shown at the various stages of development, describe the conditions in which the orders were placed, the study behind the projects, participative action as well as the conditions in which studies were carried out and the projects completed. For more information, please visit here.

School and Student Residence / Chartier Dalix Architectes

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Chartier Dalix Architectes recently won a competition for a primary school and student residence located in Ivry, Framce, just outside of . The school is organized in the form of a terraced landscape welcoming successive vegetation and its general implantation, facing south, offers maximum sunlight to the playgrounds, corridors, and classrooms that take full advantage of this landscape in height. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Claude Prouvé’s recently demolished Experimental Building of SIRH

Prior to destruction © Nicolas Waltefaugle Photographe

Mid-March brought the destruction of an important 1970s building that symbolized the experimental nature of industrialized housing that became popular after World War II as an effort to meet the economic demands of reconstruction. Known as the “experimental building of SIRH”, the eight storey abandoned structure was created by sixty prefabricated modules that served as a prototype for the SIRH Process – a construction process that experimented with the idea of prefabricating flexible standard living cells that could be easily assembled on site in a unlimited amount of configurations to provide for affordable individual or collective dwellings. This process was designed by French architect – son of the illustrious French architect, designer and metal worker , who is widely known for successfully and beautifully transferring manufacturing technology from industry to architecture.

The experimental building of SIRH, along with many other 1960s and 1970s structures, remains largely under-explored. Due to a spontaneous mobilization of architects, students and researchers in January 2012, the SIRH building has been documented and photographed in detail before it was demolished in March. Starting Thursday, June 7th, the Maison de l’architecture Lorraine will be hosting a fascinating exhibition that will display this documentation and explore the innovative process and prototypes of Claude Prouvé.

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Musée Unterlinden Expansion / Herzog & de Meuron

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The city of , is undertaking the expansion of The Unterlinden Museum with the annexation of an Art Nouveau building that once housed the city’s municipal baths.  The 1906 building stands just meters away from the current museum.  Its addition will bring the current museum to an area of 8,000 square meters, which will allow works that are currently stored in the museum’s vaults to be displayed to the public.  The design team is led by Herzog & de Meuron and is scheduled for completion in September, 2013.

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Sapeurs Pompiers de la Baule-Guerande / DDL architectes + Lorient – Agence Bohuon Bertic Architectes

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Architects:  + Lorient - Agence Bohuon Bertic Architectes
Location: , France
Projecta Area: 4,785 sqm
Photographs: Patrick Miara

Office Building in Lyon / Jean-Paul Viguier Architecture

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Architect: Jean-Paul Viguier Architecture
Location: ,
Client: Sofilio
Client Representative: Coteba
Client Environmental Consultant: Oasiis
Photographs: Paul Kozlowski

   

Musée des Beaux-arts / David Chipperfield Architects

South-west elevation, View from corner Rue de Mars / Rue Andrieux © David Chipperfield Architects

Arising from the historic town fortifications, David Chipperfield Architects’ new Musée des Beaux-arts is situated on the periphery of a long green space in between the old and new parts of , . The Gallo-Roman gate and the modernist market hall, located in its vicinity, are evidence of Reims’s architectural history from antiquity to modern times. Clad with marble slabs and glass ceramic panels, the translucent Musée des Beaux-arts building shares a site with an excavation area filled with mediaeval findings.

Continue reading to learn more about the Musée des Beaux-arts.