Arte Charpentier Architectes Unveils Plans for Calais Congress Centre

Exterior plaza at night. Image ©

Nestled into the coastal landscape of Calais on the northern coast of France, Arte Charpentier Architectes have unveiled their design for the Calais Congress Centre, a hub for cultural and social activity in the bustling city. Located along the English Channel, the centre will provide remarkable views of the water and ships entering the city’s commercial port. The curvilinear centre will mimic the lush green landscape while echoing the energy of the city with an asymmetrical, ethereal design which includes flexible public space, exhibition halls, meeting rooms, and two hotels all shrouded by an elegant curtain of glass.

Enter the Calais Cultural Centre with images and info after the break

Redline / Pietri Architectes

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Architects: Pietri Architectes
Location: ,
Area: 4300.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Pietri Architectes

Aquatic Centre Louviers / DRD Architecture

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Architects: DRD Architecture
Location: , France
Area: 5190.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Gregoire Auger

Multicultural Centre in Isbergues / Dominique Coulon & Associés

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Architects: Dominique Coulon & Associés
Location: Rue Léon Blum, 62330 ,
Architects In Charge: Dominique Coulon, Steve Letho Duclos
Project Assistant: Gautier Duthoit
Area: 3928.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: David Romero-Uzeda, Guillaume Wittmann

Creation of a Forest Shelter at Bertrichamp / Studiolada Architectes + Yoann Saehr Architect

© Christophe Aubertin

Architects: Studiolada Architectes, Yoann Saehr Architect
Location: Bertrichamps,
Area: 81.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Christophe Aubertin, Nicolas Waltefaugle, Thomas Lecorguillé

House Pegasus / Frédéric Saint-Cricq

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Architects: Frédéric Saint-Cricq
Location: , France
Area: 150.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Patrice Menconi

Nelson Mandela School / AR+TE Architectes

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Architects: AR+TE Architectes
Location: ,
Area: 3550.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Carlos Barba, Courtesy of AR+TE Architectes, Christophe Morisseau

Maison l’Estelle / François Primault architecte

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Architects: François Primault architecte
Location: ,
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of François Primault architecte

Restructuring and Safety Works of Saint-Jean’s Schools / Dominique Coulon & associés

© David Romero-Uzeda

Architects: Dominique Coulon & associés
Location: 13 Rue des Bonnes Gens, 67000 ,
Architects In Charge: Dominique Coulon, Benjamin Rocchi, Architects Sarah Brebbia, Olivier Nicollas, Delphine George, Guillaume Wittmann, Architects assistants.
Area: 8731.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: David Romero-Uzeda

The Restoration of Chartres Cathedral is a “Scandalous Desecration”

On the left, an as-yet unrestored section of the cathedral can be compared to a restored section, right. Image © Flickr CC User Lawrence OP

Throughout its eight-century-long history, Chartres Cathedral has been consistently cited as one of the world’s greatest religious spaces, charming countless architects thanks to its dramatic interior combining brooding stone vaults and delicate stained glass windows. But this legacy is severely threatened, argues Martin Filler for the New York Review of Books, by a “foolhardy” restoration in its zeal for recapturing the past “makes authentic artifacts look fake.”

Eiffel Tower’s First Floor Refurbishment / Agence Moatti-Rivière

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Architects: Agence Moatti-Rivière
Location: Champ de Mars, 2 Allée Adrienne Lecouvreur, 75007 Paris,
Area: 4260.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Michel Denancé

In Progress: Quimper Cornouaille Exhibition Center / Philippe Brulé Architectes

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Architects: Philippe Brulé Architectes
Location: 32 Rue de Stang Bihan, 29000 Quimper,
Area: 5908.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Pascal Léopold

Mining and Metallurgy Heritage Centre & Café In Banca / V2S architectes

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Architects: V2S architectes
Location: , France
Area: 256.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Julien Lanoo

Villa T / Boyer Percheron Assus

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Architects: Boyer Percheron Assus
Location: ,
Main Contractor: Agency Architecture Boyer-Percheron-Assus and Associates
Area: 270.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Boyer Percheron Assus

Village Hall in HUNSPACH / Heintz-Kehr & associés

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Architects: Heintz-Kehr & associés
Location: ,
Design Team: Georges Heintz et Anne-Sophie Kehr, FF Muller – Michele Farano et Pascal Philbert
Area: 800.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Alain Villa

MenoMenoPiu Proposes Capsule Hotel for Short-Term Housing in Paris


With nearly 120 museums, has the largest concentration of museums in the world. This, as MenoMenoPiu Architects believes, puts the city at risk of becoming a living conservatory. Therefore the Parisian practice has proposed the “EauBerge Paris Capsule Hotel” as a way to mitigate the need for short-term housing for tourists and preserve the quality of everyday life for residents.

“Just like the other European capitals such as Rome, Venice, or Barcelona, Paris risks to become a city museum,” says MenoMenoPiu. “The increase of tourists in the French Capital causes panic and also leads to a gradual decentralization from the Parisians.”

Social and Cultural Center in Landsberg / Heintz-Kehr architectes

© Philippe Ruault

Architects: Heintz-Kehr architectes
Location: Rue du Landsberg, 67100 Strasbourg,
Area: 742.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Tour Carpe Diem / Robert A.M. Stern Architects

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Architects: Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Location: La Défense,
Associate Architect: SRA Architectes (Herve Metge, Partner / Laurence Gorgiard / Pierre-Michel Desgrange)
Client/Owner: Aviva France / Bois-Colombes, France / Joëlle Chauvin, Directeur Immobilier
Area: 45500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Peter Aaron / OTTO