Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery / Wodiczko + Bonder

© Philippe Ruault / Julian Bonder

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


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

Groupama / Scheubel + Genty Architectes


Architects: Scheubel + Genty Architectes
Location: Noisy-le-Grand,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

Corim Logements / MDR Architectes


Architects: MDR Architectes
Location: Montpellier, France
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

© David Boureau

Architects: Bourbouze & Graindorge
Location: 18th arrondissement of , , France
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 Brest, 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

© Christian Richters

Architects: Bernard Tschumi Architects
Location: Le Pré Haut, 21150 Alise-Sainte-Reine,
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

Teletech Call Center / MVRDV

© Philippe Ruault

Architects: MVRDV
Location: , France
Photographs: Philippe Ruault,

Nantes School of Architecture / Lacaton & Vassal

© Philippe Ruault

Architects: Lacaton & Vassal
Location: ,
Design Team: Anne Lacaton, Jean-Philippe Vassal
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 15,150 sqm
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

L’observatoire / CLP Architects

© Jeremías González

Architects: CLP Architects
Location: ,
Project Architects: Daniel Concha, Fanny Landeau, José Prieto
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 20 sqm
Photographs: Jeremías González

23 Semi-collective Housing Units / Lacaton & Vassal

© Philippe Ruault

Architects: Lacaton & Vassal
Location: Trignac,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Architectural and urban redevelopment site in Nantes Saupin / FGP(a)

© Stéphane Chalmeau

Architects & Urban Planner : FGP(a) French Global Project
Location: Quai Malakoff, Nantes,
Architect In Charge: Philippe Gazeau
Design Team: FGP(a) French Global Project
Project Area: 19,763 sqm
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau, Philippe Ruault

Maison L / christian pottgiesser architecturespossibles

© George Dupin

Architects: Christian Pottgiesser Architectures Possibles
Location: ,
Project Team: Christian Pottgiesser, Pascale Thomas Pottgiesser
Completion: 2011
Area: 870 sqm house; 4,850 sqm garden
Photographs: George Dupin


Maison Escalier / Moussafir Architectes Associés

© Hervé Abbadie

Architects: Moussafir Architectes Associés
Location: 22 Rue Jacob, 75006 , France
Architect In Charge: Jacques Moussafir with Alexis Duquennoy
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie

Palais de Tokyo Expansion / Lacaton & Vassal


Opened in 1937, the Palais de Tokyo has suffered from decades of neglect and subsequent deterioration. Housing modern art in its early stages of life, it soon was relegated to the sidelines upon completion of the Centre Pompidou in late 70’s, which took over the role of hosting modern art exhibitions. Sitting dormant and unused for latter part of the 20th century, it has since been reinvigorated by architects Lacaton & Vassal, opening back up to the public in 2002. The stripped down structure that exposes and embraces raw materials has recently received a new expansion by the architects who breathed new life into it. More details after the break.

Brazza Nord Bordeaux Masterplan / KCAP

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KCAP’s urban design for the transformation of the Garonne waterfront in was recently finalized and officially approved by Alain Juppé, Mayor of Bordeaux, and by Bordeaux’s City Council. The project site is a 67 ha area within Bastide Brazza Nord, a 120 ha former industrial area between the river Garonne and an abandoned railway area. The urban strategy will combine new urban mixed-use functions with re-used abandoned infrastructures and is based on an integrated environmental approach to ground pollution and flood risk. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AD Classics: Maison de Verre / Pierre Chareau + Bernard Bijvoet

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Designed by and , the Maison de Verre translated as “House of Glass,” is a milestone in early modern architectural design. Built in 1932, the house uses various industrial and mechanical fixtures juxtaposed with a traditional style of home furnishings all under the transparency and lightness of the façade. More after the break.