Pavillon D’acceuil De Flaine / R-Architecture

© Valentin Jeck

Architects: R-Architecture
Location: Flaine, 74300 ,
Area: 160.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Valentin Jeck

Esma-Cinecreatis / Babled Nouvet Reynaud

© Stéphane Chalmeau

Architects: Babled Nouvet Reynaud
Location: rue René Siegfried, 44200 ,
Principal In Charge: Armand Nouvet
Area: 5127.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

Bessancourt Hall / ARCHICLUB

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Architects: ARCHICLUB
Location: Rue de l’Église, 95550 , France
Architect In Charge: Fabien Duchene architects
Area: 580.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: 11h45 montrer l’architecture

School Complex Buffon / TANK

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Architects: TANK
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Olivier Camus, Lydéric Veauvy
Collaborating Architect: Franck Landrot
Area: 4160.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of TANK

Lowcost Airport in Bordeaux / Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons architectes associés

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Architects: Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons architectes associés
Location: Bordeaux- Airport (BOD), ,
Area: 4,000 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons architectes associés

Maison L / Atelier 56S

© Jeremías Gonzalez

Architects: Atelier 56S
Location: , France
Area: 90 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jeremías Gonzalez

Little House / TANK

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Architects: TANK
Location: ,
Area: 110 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of TANK

Business Incubator / h2o architectes

© Stéphane Chalmeau

Architects: h2o architectes
Location: 67 Rue du Canal, 27500 , France
Area: 1500.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau, Julien Attard

Social Housing / Vous Êtes Ici Architectes

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Architects: Vous Êtes Ici Architectes
Location: Passage des Patriarches, 75005 ,
Architect In Charge: A. Becker, J. Paulré, P. Pflughaupt
Area: 1500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: 11H45

Venice Biennale 2014: French Pavilion to Debate Modernism’s Successes and Failures

Though his Unite d’Habitation remains popular, many other mass housing projects inspired by Le Corbusier were less successful. Image © Vincent Desjardins

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 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

Primary School J.Jaurès II / YOONSEUX Architectes

© Fabrice Dunou

Architects: YOONSEUX Architectes
Location: Livry-Gargan,
Design Team: Kyunglan Yoon, Philippe Seux
Area: 530.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fabrice Dunou

Centre Pompidou-Metz / Shigeru Ban Architects

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Architects: Shigeru Ban Architects
Location: , France
Area: 11,330 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Didier Boy De La Tour

Reconstruction of the the Ederly People Association / Nicolas San Architecte

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Architects: Nicolas San Architecte
Location: , France
Area: 90 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Nicolas San Architecte

Espace Monestie / PPA

© Philippe Ruault

Architects: PPA
Location: , France
Year: 2014
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

“Architects I Met”: Interviewing Architects Around the Globe

Cover: San Francisco City Book. Image Courtesy of Architects I Met

We’re architects. We travel the world to meet the women and men who build our world.

The team from Architects I Met (AIM) collect and document a wealth of stories, encounters and discussions (in English, French, and Portuguese) with architects from Los Angeles, Hawaii, Madrid, , Lisbon, Lausanne, and more. At the core of their project is the belief that the transfer and exchange of knowledge epitomises contemporary architectural design. Watch their  here.

Rue des Poissonniers Housing / MAAST

© Cecile Septet

Architects: MAAST
Location: 18th arrondissement of , ,
Architect In Charge: François Marzelle, Isabelle Manescau
Project Managers: Arnaud Boyer, Philippe Rivat
Area: 495.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Cecile Septet

Passerelle de la Paix / Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

© Michael Zimmermann

Architects: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
Location: Passerelle de la Paix, 69300 ,
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
Year: 2014
Photographs: Michael Zimmermann, Jose Luis Fuentes

Pop-Up House / Multipod Studio

© Elisabeth Montagnier

Architects: Multipod Studio
Location: Aix-en-Provence,
Area: 150 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Elisabeth Montagnier