Cultural Center at Saint-Germain-lès-Arpajon / Ateliers O-S architectes

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Architects: Ateliers O-S architectes
Location: ,
Design Team: Vincent Baur, Guillaume Colboc, Gaël Le Nouëne Pierre Teisseire, Jeremie Galvan (design phase) Vincent Menuel, (construction phase)
Area: 2173.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Ateliers O-S architectes

An Old Breton Barn Converted into an Artist Studio / Modal Architecture

© Monique Bastos & Gwendal Hervé

Architects: Modal Architecture
Location: Sizun,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Monique Bastos & Gwendal Hervé

40 Housing Units / LAN Architecture

© Julien Lanoo

Architects: LAN Architecture
Location: 3 Rue Marie Georges Picquart, 75017 ,
Area: 2900.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Julien Lanoo, Courtesy of LAN Architecture

Radiant / Z Architecture

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Architects: Z Architecture
Location: ,
Area: 2185.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jonathan Letoublon

Art School – Carcassonne / Jacques Ripault Architecture

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Architects: Jacques Ripault Architecture
Location: ,
Area: 5700.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Patrick Müller

Patronage Laique & Social Housing / LAPS Architecture + MAB Arquitectura

© Luc Boegly

Architects: LAPS Architecture, MAB Arquitectura
Location: 72 Félix Faure Avenue, 75015 , France
Area: 1834.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Luc Boegly

SO – IL and FREAKS Win Competition to Modernize France’s Site Verrier

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SO-IL, in collaboration with FREAKS freearchitects, has been selected as the first-prize winner of a competition to reinvent the historic Site Verrier in France. Located in the Northern Vosges Natural Park, the updated plan addresses three elements of the site’s industrial past while providing a dynamic space for cultural interaction and historic exploration of Site Verrier’s glass factory days.

La Sucriere / Z Architecture

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Architects: Z Architecture
Location: 49 Quai Rambaud, 69002 Lyon,
Area: 10991.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Michel Denancé

City of Paris Approves MVRDV’s Restructuring of Montparnasse Superblock

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The City of Paris has approved MVRDV’s plans to overhaul a 1970s urban block in Montparnasse. The ambitious plan aims to “reintroduce the human scale” and improve “accessibility and programmatic identity” to the aging mixed-use development. As part of the restructuring, the building’s existing public library, hotel, commercial and office space will be expanded and a new kindergarten, conference center and social housing units will be added.

Comedie de Bethune – National Drama Theater / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

© Luc Boegly

Architects: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
Location: 138 Rue du 11 Novembre, 62400 Locon,
Architect In Charge: Manuelle Gautrand
Area: 2082.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Luc Boegly, Courtesy of Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

Montmatre Mixed Use / Babin+Renaud

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Architects: Babin+Renaud
Location: 24 Avenue de la Porte de Montmartre, 75018 , France
Area: 10296.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Cecile Septet

Flat Renovation for a Photographer / Alia Bengana

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Architects: Alia Bengana
Location: 75002 Paris,
Area: 86.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: V.Vincenzo

Espace Bienvenüe / Jean-Philippe Pargade

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Architects: Jean-Philippe Pargade
Location: 77420 , France
Architect In Charge: Caroline Rigaldiès
Partner: Jean-Pierre Lamache
Studies Leader : Christophe Aubergeon, Malika Benzemra, Marco Carvalho, Joana César, Paolo Correia, Jean-Patrick Degrave, Emmanuèle Fiquet, Emilie Guyot, Antoine Hermanowicz, Joon-Ho Lee, Aline Marthon, Natacha Nass, Lucy Niney, Audrey Oster, Maxime Parin, Anne-Sophie Richard, Samuel Rimbault, Vincent Sengel, Ji Yeon Song, Marie Suvéran, Arthur Tanner, Van Hai Vu
Area: 35300.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Sergio Grazia, Luc Boegly

The Paper Nursery / Wild Rabbits Architects

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Architects: Wild Rabbits Architects
Location: 46 Rue Piat, 75020 Paris,
Architect In Charge: Vladimir Doray
Area: 900.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Sergio Grazia

“Tournesol” Swimming Pool Refurbishment / Urbane Kultur

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Architects: Urbane Kultur
Location: ,
Area: 1790.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jean Baptiste Dorner, Communauté Urbaine de Strasbourg, Courtesy of Urbane Kultur

Planning Korea Turns to the Microbial World to Inspire the Future of Paris


When asked by the City of Paris to envision its future, Planning Korea turned to the uncharted microbial world of the city’s parks. Their observations lead them to an unusual proposal: shape the future “Greater ” by infilling voids within the urban landscape (in this case, between two bridges in the heart of Porte Maillot) with a floating, “organism-like” complex of mixed-use pods designed to coexist with the “macro world of artificial structures.”

Maison Des Danses / ADH

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Architects: ADH
Location: Bordeaux,
Architects In Charge: Benoîte Doazan, Nicolas Novello, Stéphane Hirschberger
Area: 1000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of ADH

Light Matters: Le Corbusier and the Trinity of Light

View looking south to “upwardly springing” waves of light. Church of Saint-Pierre, Firminy, France. Image © Henry Plummer 2011

For his three sacred buildings, Le Corbusier has played masterfully with orientation, openings and textures to create kinetic architecture with daylight. His pilgrimage chapel at Ronchamp, the monastery of Sainte Marie de La Tourette, and the parish church of Saint-Pierre in Firminy reveal distinctive and individual approaches that each render contemplative spaces with light. In his book “Cosmos of Light: The Sacred Architecture of Le Corbusier,” Henry Plummer, Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has analysed these projects with outstanding photographs taken over 40 years and brilliant writing.

Read on for more about how created his cosmos of light.