Housing in Le Havre / PHD Architectes

© Sergio Grazia

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

Mirrored Seafront Pavilion Among Seven Installations at Festival Des Architectures Vives

Each summer, the French cities of Montpellier and La Grande Motte host Le Festival Des Architectures Vives (Festival of Lively Architecture). These twin festivals seek to raise awareness about architecture among the public, and to give needed exposure to the work of up-and-coming designers. In the process, they also draw attention to previously unknown places in the two cities—in , many of the private courtyards in the city are opened to the public specifically for the festival. In La Grande Motte, the exhibition weaves its way through the city center, a site designated as “Heritage of the 20th Century” due to the prevalence of works designed by architect Jean Balladur. This year’s festivals featured a total of 18 temporary installations. Read more about the festivals, and view photos, after the break.

15 Social Housings in Riaillé / Mabire Reich

© 11h45

Architects: Mabire Reich
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Régis Pioche
Area: 987.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: 11h45

4 Nurseries / Schemaa

© Sébastien Andréi

Architects: Schemaa
Location: Sartrouville,
Area: 490.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sébastien Andréi

Silos 13 / vib architecture

© Stéphane Chalmeau

Architects: vib architecture
Location: , France
Architects In Charge: Bettina Ballus, Franck Vialet
Area: 4478.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau, Daniel Moulinet, Courtesy of

The Romain Rolland Elementary School / Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes

© Frédéric Delangle

Architects:
Location:
Architects In Charge: Yves Rolin (studies), Renaud Schwartz (site)
Area: 2715.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Frédéric Delangle

Azur Arena / Auer Weber

© Aldo Amoretti

Architects: Auer Weber
Location: Azur Arena , 06600 ,
Design Architecture: Auer+Weber+Assoziierte
Area: 12120.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Aldo Amoretti

Chapel St Genevieve / OBIKA Architecture

© Nicolas Waltefaugle

Architects:
Location: , France
Architects In Charge: Caroline Leloup Szalkowski, Katarina Dubravcova Malingrey
Area: 70.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nicolas Waltefaugle

Les Quinconces Cultural Center / Babin+Renaud

© Cécile Septet

Architects: Babin+Renaud
Location: Le Mans,
Area: 28,198 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Cécile Septet

Holiday Home in Sarzeau / RAUM

© Audrey Cerdan

Architects: RAUM
Location: Morbihan,
Area: 69 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Audrey Cerdan

Extension of the Helicopter Group of Civil Security / NBJ architectes

© Paul Kozlowski – photoarchitecture

Architects: NBJ architectes
Location: Saint-Gilles,
Architects In Charge: Elodie Nourrigat, Jacques Brion, Romain Jamot
Area: 5,700 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Kozlowski – photoarchitecture

Gymnasium Plabennec / Bohuon Bertic Architectes

© Patrick Miara

Architects: Bohuon Bertic Architectes
Location: Rue Joseph Bleunven, 29860 , France
Area: 2980.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Patrick Miara

Techstyle Haus: An 800 Square Foot Fabric House That Uses 90% Less Energy

The planters filter rainwater, which is then reused to grow edible plants. Photovoltaic panels are arrayed along the curved roof. Image © Kristen Pelou

The , Brown University and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Germany collaborated on a passive “fabric” house for the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe (which just wrapped up this month – see the winners here). In the following article, originally published on Metropolis MagazineMartin Pedersen reviews the remarkable house.

This summer’s 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe is well underway in France, where a solar-powered village of twenty sustainable homes designed and built by college students from all over the country, has emerged on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles. Students from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Brown University, and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Germany, have teamed up for Techstyle Haus, an 800-square-foot house that’s not only a model of energy efficiency but an elegant piece of design as well.

Extension of the St. Jean de Vedas Technical Center / Chrystelle Sanaa

© Marie-Caroline Lucat

Architects: Chrystelle Sanaa
Location: Avenue de Librilla, , France
Area: 250 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marie-Caroline Lucat

Hub Creatic / Tetrarc Architects

© Stéphane Chalmeau

Architects: Tetrarc Architects
Location: ,
Area: 6,520 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

Centre Culturel Lesigny / Atelier208

© A. Leclercq

Architects: Atelier208
Location: , France
Design And Building Team: Chloé & Meyer Oiknine, Thibault Guillaneau, Diego Ibad, N. Maslier
Area: 350 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: A. Leclercq

Maitres Vignerons / Vincent Coste

© Florent Joliot

Architects: Vincent Coste
Location: ,
Project Manager: Jérôme Garzon pour Vincent Coste Design Studio et associés
Year: 2014
Photographs: Florent Joliot

Childcare Centre in Lomme / Colboc Franzen & Associés

© Stephan Lucas

Architects: Colboc Franzen & Associés
Location: ,
Partners In Charge: Benjamin Colboc, Manuela Franzen, Arnaud Sachet
Design Team: Ulrich Faudry, Guillaume Choplain
Area: 1,277 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Stephan Lucas, Olivier Wogenscky