Résidence Jouanicot – Truillet / Leibar Seigneurin Architectes

© Patrick Miara

Architects: Leibar Seigneurin Architectes
Location: ,
Area: 6269.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Patrick Miara

Evolution Ground Alfortville / NP2F

© Antoine Espinasseau

Architects: NP2F
Location: Alfortville,
Area: 2050.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Antoine Espinasseau, Courtesy of

Maison des Aires / Cabinet-Cabinet Architectures

© Yoan Claveau de Lima

Architects: Cabinet-Cabinet Architectures
Location: , France
Area: 260.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yoan Claveau de Lima

Illkirch-Graffenstaden City Hall / Atelier Filippini

© Christian Creutz

Architects: Atelier Filippini
Location: 181 Route de Lyon, 67400 ,
Agent Architect: Renato Filippini architect
Engineering Consultant: OTE Ingénierie
Environmental Engineering Consultant : OTELIO
Year: 2014
Photographs: Christian Creutz

Snøhetta Chosen to Design Le Monde Headquarters in Paris

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French media company Le Monde Group has chosen Snøhetta to design their new headquarters in . Clad with a pixelated matrix of glass that offers varying degrees of transparency, the building’s distinct facade will be embedded with clusters of LEDs that project “abstracted levels of data,” symbolically representing the group’s continuous “flow of information.”

“The intention is that the façade gives the building a homogenous character when viewed from distance, but at the same time reveals a greater level of complexity as the view approaches – like headlines and detailed content in a news story,” says Snøhetta. “The façade patterns are intended to represent the building as a complete volume, while the distorted pixel map creates a rich tapestry from inside and out.”

Jean Nouvel Boycotts Opening of the Philharmonie de Paris, Saying It Is “Not Finished”

The concert hall under construction. Image © Yves Chanoit

Ateliers Jean Nouvel’s long awaited opening of the Philharmonie de  concert hall took place yesterday at a VIP event in which the French President, Francois Hollande, officiated the ceremony three years after it was scheduled to take place. Jean Nouvel, however, did not attend the event, instead writing an incendiary column for French Newspaper Le Monde, and releasing a statement saying he feels that the building has opened “too early” and it ”is not finished.” He argues that “there were no acoustic tests of the concert hall [as] the schedule did not allow the architectural and technical requirements to be respected, [...] despite all the warnings which I have been giving since 2013.”

SANAA’s Plans For La Samaritaine in Paris Blocked Once Again

Rendering (2011). Image ©

An appeals court has revoked permission for SANAA’s restoration of the landmark Art Deco La Samaritaine department store in . The plans, which would see a comprehensive overhaul of the 19th-century structure that finally shut its doors in 2005 following four decades in decline, would create an all-new shopping centre and luxury hotel as part of a 70,000m² mixed use development.

The project, commissioned by the LVMH conglomerate – which owns brands like Dom Pérignon, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton and BVLGARI - was halted because “the wavy, etched-glass facade proposed [SANAA] did not meet local planning requirements and was out of character with the surrounding buildings.” It is understood that La Samaritaine will now appeal to the Council of State, France’s highest administrative court. The city of has mentioned in a separate statement that it would also support this latest appeal.

Primary School For Sciences And Biodiversity / Chartier Dalix Architectes

© P. Guignard

Architects: Chartier Dalix Architectes
Location: ,
Area: 6766.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: P. Guignard, Cyrille Weiner, David Foessel

Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au

© Duccio Malagamba

Architects: Coop Himmelb(l)au
Location: 86 Quai Perrache, 69002 Lyon,
Area: 46476.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Duccio Malagamba

Place Olympe de Gouges et Allée des Ateliers à Pantin / 2/3/4/

© Clément Guillaume

Architects: 2/3/4/
Location: Pantin,
Project Manager: Agate Mordka
Area: 4341.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Clément Guillaume

Françoise Dorleac School / DE-SO

© Hervé Abbadie

Architects: DE-SO
Location: ,
Area: 4680.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie

The Jetty to the Mont-Saint-Michel / Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

© Mathias Neveling

Architects: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
Location: Mont Saint-Michel, 50170 Mont Saint-Michel,
Project Team: José Luis Fuentes, Christian Wittmeir, Guy Deshayes, Mathias Neveling, Arne Speiser
Competition Team : Christian Schmölz, Gabriel Augier, Rupert Siller, Ulrike Plos, Barbara Feichtinger-Felber, Michael Felder, Wolfgang Juen, Frank Hinterleithner, Paul-Eric Schirr-Bonnans, José-Luis Fuentes, Armelle Lavalou
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mathias Neveling, Pavel Rak, David Boureau, Michael Zimmermann

Vincent Callebaut’s 2050 Vision of Paris as a “Smart City”

View of the comprehensive city plan. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture

Addressing ’ housing and density issues, French firm Vincent Callebaut Architectures has developed a proposal for multiple high-rise buildings with positive energy output (BEPOS). Comprised of eight multi-use structures inhabiting various locations within Paris, the plan strives to address major problems affecting each district, while providing key functions for the city. 

Théâtre d’eau Swimming Pool / LOG Architectes

© Edouard Decam

Architects: LOG Architectes
Location: Fumel,
Area: 8000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Edouard Decam

2 in 1: Intergenerational House / TICA architecture

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Architects: TICA architecture
Location: , France
Area: 260.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of TICA architecture

Ricardo Porro, Architect of Cuba’s National Art Schools, Dies at 89

School of Ballet by Vittorio Garatti . Image © Adrián Guerra Rey via places.designobserver.com

Ricardo Porro, the leading architect behind Cuba’s National Art Schools - one of the largest architectural achievements of the Cuban Revolution – has died of heart failure in Paris at the age of 89. After spending nearly a half a century in exile, Porro lived long enough to see his two arts schools reemerged on the world stage as “crown jewels of modern Cuban architecture.”

“When I received this commission, I thought there had not been a good expression of revolution in architecture,” Porro said in a 2011 interview with The Atlantic. “I wanted to create in that school the expression of revolution. What I felt at that moment was an emotional explosion.” Read the full New York Times , here.

Aquatic Centre Montigny-les-Metz / DRD Architecture

© Gregoire Auger

Architects: DRD Architecture
Location: , France
Area: 2720.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Gregoire Auger

Château de Rentilly Refurbishment as FRAC Ile-de-France Arts Centre / Bona-Lemercier

© Florian Kleinefenn

Architects: Bona-Lemercier
Location: Rentilly, 77600 ,
Partners : Xavier Veilhan, artist and Alexis Bertrand, scenographer
Area: 1350.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Florian Kleinefenn