Entre Deux Rives / PHILIPPON – KALT Architects

© Hervé Abbadie

Architects: PHILIPPON – KALT Architects
Location: 7 Quai Châtelier, 93450 L’Île-Saint-Denis,
Area: 11100.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie, Courtesy of PHILIPPON – KALT Architects

Kindergarden in Grenade Sur L’Adour / Gadrat Architecture et associée

© Maïtetxu Etcheverria

Architects:
Location: Avenue de Villeneuve, 40270 Grenade-sur-l’Adour,
Architect In Charge: Julien Gadrat, Sylvie Dugasse
Collaborators: Camille Astruc, Mathias Cisnal
Area: 1050.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Maïtetxu Etcheverria

Preserving a Place for Protest in Paris

The “new” plaza now extends behind the historic statue that previously occupied its center. Image © Clement Guillaume

Following a three-year redesign, the Place de la République in reopened this year, welcoming back the regular organized protests that make it one of the most important public spaces in . For the designers of the space, TVK agency, it was important not to infringe on what many Parisians consider their inalienable right to protest – however a question remained over how the square could be more amenable to other uses at the same time. In this article, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as “Place for Protest,” Veronique Vienne explores how agency allowed Parisians to have their cake and let them eat it too.

In Paris, rituals of political discontent are traditionally celebrated on Place de la République. It is a favorite kick-off point for the countless marches that define democracy in the French capital. But before taking to the street in a slow-moving procession, crowds block traffic all around the esplanade, creating a gridlock that can cripple the city from Sacré Coeur to the Opéra. Meanwhile, citizens get to unfurl banners and shout slogans. It’s legal, good, clean fun.

Well, no more.

Marc Mimram Reveals Design for New TGV Station in Montpellier

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Paris-based architecture and engineering firm Marc Mimram has been appointed to design a new TGV station in Montpellier, France. To be completed in late 2017, the station is intended to serve up to 3.5 million passengers a year by 2030, connecting with the existing Perpignan to Barcelona line, ultimately reducing the travel time between Paris and Barcelona.

The station’s striking roof structure is composed of five 8 metre wide pleated shells, made from a fibre reinforced, ultra high performance concrete (UHPC). The high performance concrete combined with the pleated form allows the shells to be just 5-6 centimetres thick, with glass panes embedded directly into the concrete during casting.

Fondation Louis Vuitton / Gehry Partners

© Iwan Baan

Architects: Gehry Partners
Location: Bois de Boulogne, 75016 Paris,
Design Partner: Frank Gehry
Area: 11700.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Todd Eberle

Extension and Restructuration Of Castries’ Middle School / MDR Architectes

© Mathieu DUCROS

Architects: MDR Architectes
Location: , France
Architect In Charge: Sancie MATTE, Frédéric DEVAUX, Arnaud ROUSSEAU, Frédéric GANICHOT assistant
Area: 5285.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mathieu DUCROS

Rue Losserand / atelier 100architecture

© Brice Desrez

Architects: atelier 100architecture
Location: 42 Rue Losserand, 37100 Tours,
Area: 61.0 sqm
Photographs: Brice Desrez

Elizabeth de Portzamparc Wins Competition to Design Le Bourget Metro Station in Paris

A large English court and a skylight to illuminate the interior. Image © Elizabeth de Portzamparc Architecte

Elizabeth de Portzamparc has won an international competition to design a new railway station in , . Like Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue’s (EMBT), who was recently announced as winner of a similar commission, the Le Bourget is one of four stations that will be built as part of the ambitious Grand Paris Express (GPE) project which seeks to modernize the existing transport network and create an automatic metro that will connect new neighborhoods to Paris.

Elizabeth de Portzamparc’s winning entry will serve three communes: Le Bourget, Drancy and La Courneuve. Flexibility for future programming, station visibility, and the presence of nature are all major influencing aspects of the design. 

More on the winning design, after the break.

30 Social Housing Units in Nantes / Antonini + Darmon Architectes

© Alexandre Wasilewski

Architects: Antonini + Darmon Architectes
Location: Nantes,
Area: 3264.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alexandre Wasilewski, Valery Joncheray

Majunga Tower / Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés

© Takuji Shimmura

Architects: Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés
Location: La Défense,
Area: 69500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Takuji Shimmura

Music Conservatory in Melun / DE-SO

© Hervé Abbadie

Architects: DE-SO
Location: , France
Area: 3170.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie

Miralles Tagliabue EMBT Wins Competition to Design Metro Station in Paris

Grand Express. Image Courtesy of Enric Miralles - Benedetta Tagliabue |

Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT) and Bordas+Peiro have been announced as winner among five proposals of a two-stage competition to design the future Clichy – Montfermeil metro station in Paris. The competition, organized by the Société du Grand París, is part of the ambitious Grand Paris Express project which seeks to modernize the existing transport network and create an automatic metro that will connect new neighborhoods to the city. 

In addition to the station’s design, EMBT’s proposal will provide a new public square for the renewed neighborhood of Clichy-sous-bois that will serve as a symbol of change following the violent riots of 2005. “We want to transform this grey and abandoned area into a vivid and colorful plaza, that will inspire joy and optimism,” stated EMBT. 

More about the winning design, after the break.

War House / A+B architectes dplg

© David Cousin-Marcy photographer

Architects: A+B architectes dplg
Location: Montmorency,
Design Team: Bonandrini Pier Paolo, Julien Allegre, Emmanuel Vermande, Clara Georgelin-Conan
Partners In Charge: Bonandrini Pier Paolo
Structural Engineering: Perrin et associés & ingétudes
Year: 2014
Photographs: David Cousin-Marcy photographer

Arcueil ZAC du Coteau / ECDM

© Benoit Fougeirol

Architects: ECDM
Location: Avenue du Général Malleret Joinville, 94110 , France
Architect In Charge: Emmanuel Combarel, Dominique Marrec
Client: NEXITY
Area: 9600.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Benoit Fougeirol

Paris Zoological Park / Bernard Tschumi Urbanists Architects + Veronique Descharrieres

© Claud Cieutat

Architects: Bernard Tschumi, Veronique Descharrieres
Location: 53 Avenue de Saint-Maurice, 75012 , France
Research Adviser: Mikaël Mugnier (Landscape architect)
Project Manager: Camille Piot (Architect) and Renaud Riboulet (Landscape architect)
Landscape Architects: Atelier Jacqueline Osty
Year: 2014
Photographs: Claud Cieutat, Martin Argyroglo, Mikaël Mugnier

Andrée Chedid Media Library / D’HOUNDT+BAJART Architects & Associates

Courtesy of D’HOUNDT+BAJART Architects & Associates

Architects: D’HOUNDT+BAJART Architects & Associates
Location: 156 Rue Fin de la Guerre, 59200 ,
Façade Engineering: VS-A
Area: 920.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of D’HOUNDT+BAJART Architects & Associates

Apartment in Rue de Lille / spamroom

© Martin Argyroglo

Architects: spamroom
Location: Rue de Lille, 75007 ,
Collaborator: LEAinvent
Area: 100.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Martin Argyroglo

Galeries Lafayette Department Store / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

© Vincent Fillon

Architects: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
Location: 0 Rue Winston Churchill, 57000 , France
Year: 2014
Photographs: Vincent Fillon