Academy Of Art Crafts (ESMA) / LCR Architectes

© Mathieu Ducros

Architects: LCR Architectes
Location: 50 Route de Narbonne, 31320 , France
Area: 78792.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Mathieu Ducros

Boa Canteen / D’HOUNDT+BAJART Architects & Associates

© Julien Lanoo

Architects: , D’HOUNDT+BAJART Architects & Associates
Location: Lille-, Nord,
Area: 417.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Julien Lanoo

AD Classics: Cenotaph for Newton / Etienne-Louis Boullée

Exterior view

Minuscule clusters of visitors ascend a monumental stairway at the base of a spherical monument rising higher than the Great Pyramid of Giza.  An arc of waning sunlight catches a small portion of the sphere, leaving the excavated entry portal and much of the mass in deep shadow.  Bringing together the emotional affects of romanticism, the severe rationality of neoclassicism and grandeur of antiquity, Etienne-Louis Boullée’s sublime vision for a cenotaph honoring Sir Isaac Newton is both emblematic of the particular historical precipice and an artistic feat that foreshadowed the modern conception of architectural design.  Rendered through a series of ink and wash drawings, the memorial was one of numerous provocative designs he created at the end of the eighteenth century and included in his treatise, Architecture, essai sur l’art.  The cenotaph is a poetic homage to scientist Sir Isaac Newton who 150 years after his death had become a revered symbol of Enlightenment ideals.

Beyond representing his individual creative genius, Boullée’s approach to design signaled the schism of architecture as a pure art from the science of building. He rejected the Vitruvian notion of architecture as the art of building, writing “In order to execute, it is first necessary to conceive… It is this product of the mind, this process of creation, that constitutes architecture…” (1).  The purpose of design is to envision, to inspire, to make manifest a conceptual idea though spatial forms. Boullee’s search was for an immutable and totalizing architecture.

Maison De Retraite / Philippe Dubus Architecte

© Sergio Grazia

Architects: Philippe Dubus Architecte
Location: ,
Structure: BATISERF
Area: 7860.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sergio Grazia

Maison + Agence / Hérard & da Costa

© Philippe Ruault

Architects: Hérard & da Costa
Location: ,
Area: 317.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Philippe Ruault, Julien Sage-Thomas, Courtesy of Hérard & da Costa

Le Havre – Cote Docks Vauban / Philippe Dubus Architecte

© Sergio Grazia

Architects: Philippe Dubus Architecte
Location: Le Havre,
Area: 4745.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sergio Grazia

Serge Baranx School Refurbishment / Pierre Marsan

© Arthur Pequin

Architects: Pierre Marsan
Location: 40380 , France
Year: 2011
Photographs: Arthur Pequin

Le Marais Social Housing and Offices / Atelier du Pont

© Frédéric Delangle

Architects: Atelier du Pont
Location: 25 Rue Michel le Comte, 75003 Paris,
Architect In Charge: Anne-Cécile Comar, Philippe Croisier, Stéphane Pertusier
Design Team: Alice Berthelon, Aline Defert, Ariane Rouveyrol
Area: 4500.0 sqm
Photographs: Frédéric Delangle

Grand Synthe – Place Du Courghain / Philippe Dubus Architecte

© Sergio Grazia

Architects: Philippe Dubus Architecte
Location: Dunkirk,
Area: 4206.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sergio Grazia

UNIQLO Le Marais / Wonderwall

© Hufton+Crow

Architects: Wonderwall
Location: 39 Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75004 ,
Area: 800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hufton+Crow

Offices Business Incubato / bureau faceB

© Vincent Fillon

Architects: bureau faceB
Location: Nanterre,
Associate Architects: Ateliers
Area: 17541.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Vincent Fillon, Jonathan Alexandre

Lycée Louis Barthou / Pierre Marsan

© Arthur Pequin

Architects: Pierre Marsan
Location: Pau,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Arthur Pequin

Alzheimer residence for the “Foyer la Grange” / Mabire Reich

© Sylvain Bonniol

Architects: Mabire Reich
Location: Couëron,
Area: 906.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Sylvain Bonniol

Apartment in Paris / Schemaa

© Fred Toulet

Architects: Schemaa
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Maria Enescu, Simon El Hage
Area: 32.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fred Toulet

Breath Box / NAS Architecture

© Paul Kozlowski

Architects: NAS Architecture
Location: 4 Esplanade Maurice Justin, 34280 , France
Architect In Charge: Hadrien Balalud De Saint Jean, Guillaume Giraud, Johan Laure
Client: Festival of Lively Architecture (FAV)
Area: 20.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Paul Kozlowski

Student Hall of Residence + Family Homes / Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes

Courtesy of

Architects: Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes
Location: 387 Rue de Vaugirard, 75015 , France
Area: 2910.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes

Establishment for Dependent Elderly / PARALLELE

© Laurent Dequick

Architects: PARALLELE
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Antonio Pedro De Sousa, Pascal Hory, Grégoire Noyer
Area: 7400.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Laurent Dequick

Housing in Le Havre / PHD Architectes

© Sergio Grazia

Architects: Philippe Dubus Architectes
Location: ,
Area: 4745.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sergio Grazia