With Le Corbusier casting a long shadow over the last century of France‘s architectural history, it is not surprising that, faced with Rem Koolhaas‘s theme of ‘absorbing modernity’ at the 2014 Venice Biennale, the country might have a unique reaction.
Jean-Louis Cohen‘s initial proposal for the French Pavilion, titled “Modernity: Promise or Menace?” reflects this history: “since 1914 France has not so much ‘absorbed’ modernity as it has shaped it with significant contributions made by French architects and engineers in order to meet the requirements of different segments of society. As is the case in many countries, modernity has had to come face to face with social reform and by doing so it has made great dreams such as quality housing and community services for all partially come to fruition. But this encounter has come about in a original way, also generating considerable anxiety.”
Read on after the break for more about the themes explored by the French Pavilion
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Architects: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
Location: Passerelle de la Paix, 69300 Caluire-et-Cuire, France
Design Team First Competition: Claire Bodénez, Silviu Aldea, Simone Breitkopf, Benni Eder, Teresa Krenn, José Luis Fuentes
Design Team Second Competition: José Luis Fuentes, An Vranken
Project Team Leader Planning : José Luis Fuentes
Team Planning: José Luis Fuentes, An Vranken, Arne Speiser, Vincent Chalot, Mathias Neveling. Manuela Certan
Photographs: Michael Zimmermann, Jose Luis Fuentes
The Spanish office of Francisco Mangado in collaboration with French offices V2S architectes, Terrell, SACET, Alayrac, and GAMBA Acoustique Architecturale & Urbaine, has won an international competition to convert the old Thermal Hospital of the municipality of Amélie-les-Bains in southern France into a spa.
Architects: Ameller Dubois & Associés
Location: 66 Avenue de Landshut, U.T.C., UTC : Université de Technologie de Compiègne – Centre Pierre Guillaumat, 60200 Compiègne, France
Architect In Charge: Philippe Ameller, Jacques Dubois
Design Team: Laurent Machet, Christiaan Weiler, Arne von Seidlitz, Haithem Oueriemmi, Pascal Bardi, Stéphane Vedrenne
Area: 5200.0 sqm
Photographs: Frédéric Allinne, Noëlle Hoeppe, Jean-Christophe Hecquet
On view at La Galerie D’Architecture until April 9, Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects, Constructing Views 2011-2014, will exhibit 16 projects completed by the Norwegian architects in the last three years.
From private houses to temporary installations, the exhibition focuses on completed buildings, presented as architectural constructions in themselves, juxtaposing different views and attitudes towards architecture.
The practice, founded in 1996 by Einar Jarmund and Håkon Vigsnæs, with Alessandra Kosberg joining as a partner in 2004, was the first Nordic office we featured in ArchDaily. Almost a year ago, we had the chance of interviewing Einar and Håkon, who discussed their wide range of projects with us. For more information on the exhibition, please click here.
Title: Exhibition: Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects, Constructing Views 2011-2014
From: Tue, 11 Mar 2014
Until: Wed, 09 Apr 2014
Venue: La Galerie D’Architecture
Address: 11 Rue des Blancs Manteaux, Paris, France