Homage to Architects / Atelier Seraji

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Architects: Atelier Seraji
Location: ,
Completion: 2006
Consultants: Tech Ingénierie (engineering),  Martin & Guiheneuf (quantity surveyors)
Client: Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles, Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Size: 2,000 sqm
Budget: 3 million euros
Photographs: Stephan Lucas

Ecotourism Center In France / Inca Architectes

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Architects: Inca Architectes
Location: Fontainebleau,
Design Team: Cap Paysage, Arpente, Alpes Structures et Rostain Coste, M. Forgue
Client: Seine et Marne tourisme
Budget: 1,000,000 € H.T
Surface Area: 5400 sqm converted; 250 sqm built
Completion: 2011
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Multimedia Library And HQE Auditorium / deAlzua+ & Atelier 9.81

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Architects: deAlzua+ & Atelier 9.81 
Location: Méricourt,
Design Team: Geoffrey Galand and Cédric Michel; Annabelle Maze, Head of Project; Julien Evrard, operational follow-up; Vanessa Barrois, François Claye
Contracting Owner: Town of Méricourt
Tech.Research.Dept: B&R Engineering
HQE Tech.Research.Dept: Solener
Project Area: 1500 sqm
Budget: €2,500,000 Net
Photographs: Courtesy of deAlzua+ & Atelier 9.81

Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse damaged by Fire

’s Cité Radieuse has been severely damaged fire. The nine-story “vertical village” in Marseille, became a historic monument in 1995 and serves as one of the most important postwar landmarks of modernist architecture.

The fire began Thursday afternoon in a first floor duplex. Firefighters fought over 12 hours to tame the blaze and were able to bring it under control earlier this morning. Many reports state at least eight to eleven homes were destroyed and twenty to thirty were damaged by smoke. All residents were evacuated late on Thursday. Thankfully, no one was critically injured and only five people were treaded in the hospital for minor injuries.

Le Corbusier built the social housing complex between 1947 and 1951. About 1,600 people live it its 334 famous duplex apartments. Some residents have resided in the complex since its inauguration. Many of the inhabitants include middle-class teachers and architects.

It remains unclear on how the fire was started.

Find more information on Unite d’ Habitation here on ArchDaily.

Reference: Le Huffington Post, The Guardian

Cultural Place In Domaine de Bayssan / MDR Architectes

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Architects: MDR Architectes
Location: Domaine de Bayssan,
Photographs: Courtesy of MDR Architectes


Le Connestable / Jean Paul Viguier Architecture

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Architect: Jean Paul Viguier Architecture
Location: ZAC de Bonne, , France
Contractor: Nexity / Vinci Immobilier
Architect of operations: Tomasini Design
Technical Design Engineering: IBSE ( structure, VRD), GECC AICC (fluides) / Adret ( HQE)
Project Surface Area: 12 100 sq.m . net
Project Date: 2011
Cost: 20 M € HT
Photographs: Renaud Chaignet

Gymnase Canet In Roussillon / MDR Architectes

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Architects: MDR Architectes
Location: Roussillon,
Photographs: Courtesy of MDR Architectes

Gymnastics Building / Heams & Michel Architects

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Architects: Heams & Michel Architects
Location: , France
Project name: Gymnastics building
Programme: Sport
Engineer: GL Ingénierie
Client: Conseil Général des Alpes Maritimes
Project Area: 240 sqm SHON
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Serge Demailly, Heams & Michel Architects

15 Housings / MDR Architectes

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Architects: MDR Architecte
Location: ,
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of MDR Architectes

Social Housing In Paris / Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

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Architects: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
Location: ,
Client: BNP Paribas Immobilier Résidentiel IDF
Project Team: Justyna Swat, Marcus Himmel, Katja Pargger, Florian Vadjoux, Anna Zottl, Mathias Neveling, Arne Speiser, Hugo Enlart
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 7,360 sqm
Photographs: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

In Progress: Cite des Arts et de la Culture / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architect: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: Besancon,
Associated Architect: Archidev
Client: City of Besançon, Region Franche-Comté
Engineer: EGIS Est
Landscape engineer: L’agence L’Anton et associé
Acoustic engineer: Cabinet Lamoureux
Scenographic engineer: Changement à vu
Quantity survivor: Cabinet Guy Cholley
Environment engineer: Alto
Façade Detail Manufacturers: LAUBEUF
Site area: 23,000 sqm
Total floor area: 11,925 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2012
Photographs: Nicolas Waltefaugle & Stephan Girard

Europan 11 Proposal: ‘Nudge City’ / RIO Agency

the open field

In their Europan 11 Proposal, titled ‘Nudge City’, RIO Agency’s main goal was to build on a critical vision of sustainability as it is often promoted today. In their approach, the urban project cannot be a goal in itself. It has to be a frame of incentives, building on the territory’s ability to attract energies, leaning on individual aspirations to create a sustainable city. Nudges are sparks: public interventions which, designing one use, open way for a tree of possibilities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Europan 11 Proposal: ‘META – Block’ / Loïc Brenterc’h (A.B.A Agency) + Ewan Marin (COT Agency)

view of garden side

Loïc Brenterc’h (A.B.A agency) + (COT agency) shared with us their Europan 11 Proposal in , France which won the second prize. Titled ‘META – Block: A Urban Model’, the purpose of their design is to extend and redefine the historical city way of life. The inhabitant’s habits and living visions have changed but they still need to feel the cultural vibes. More images and architects’ description after the break.

VL Office / Vanessa Larrère


Architects: Vanessa Larrére
Location: , Landes, France
Client: Groupe Larrère & fils
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 276 sqm
Photographs: Vanessa Larrère

Parisian Theaters by Franck Bohbot

The Montansier / 2011 ©

French photographer Franck Bohbot has shared with us a series of photographs based on the interiors of historical Parisian theaters. Bohbot strived to capture the cultural life of the architecture with the absence of people, paying homage to the empty theater. Naked, the photographs reveal a sense of grandeur and intimacy. Continue after the break for more images.

Ecotron / MDR Architectes

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Architects: MDR Architectes
Location: Montferrier sur Lez,
Photographs: Courtesy of MDR Architectes



Video: Le Corbusier’s Chapel Notre-Dame du Haut

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A well known architectural classic by , the Notre Dame du Ronchamp, or more commonly referred to as , is featured very elegantly in this video by italian architect Franco Di Capua. The curved roof that peels up towards the heavens, the curving walls, and the the sporadic window placement on the walls are just a few of the architectural elements that make this project such a marvel.

Villa Toiture / Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture

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Located in Maintenon, 65km southwest of , , the Villa Toiture by Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture inhabits a family of three married couples and children. Spontaneous grounds are surrounded by vast grasslands and forests which open as a place of rest for the weekend to give healing to life in the city while enjoying the open-air bath in nature. More images and architects’ description after the break.