8 Housing in Patin / Benjamin Fleury

© David Boureau

Architects: Benjamin Fleury
Location: Quatre Chemins, , France
Architects/Project Management:
Area: 574 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: David Boureau

La Cabotte / H20 Architectes

© Julien Attard

Architects: H20 Architectes
Location: Barrage de Donzère-Mondragon, , France
Area: 58 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Julien Attard

Inside France’s “Modernity, Promise or Menace?” – Special Mention Winner at the Venice Biennale 2014

This year’s French Pavilion stood out as one of the best pavilions in the Giardini, communicating a clear, engaging thesis and receiving a Special Mention from the jury.

Curator Jean-Louis Cohen poses four questions throughout four galleries, demonstrating the contradictions that fill the story of modernity and architecture in . The ambivalent responses of architecture to the original promise of modernity is shown through the juxtaposition of a continuous cinematographic montage (playing simultaneously throughout all four galleries) and large-scale objects. 

Watch an excerpt from Teri Wehn Damisch’s film and read the curator’s statement after the break. For a virtual tour of the space designed by -based firm Projectiles, follow this link. And make sure to keep an eye out for our video interview with curator Jean-Louis Cohen (coming soon). 

24 Housings in Argenton Sur Creuse / Atelier Alassoeur

© Brice Desrez

Architects: Atelier Alassoeur
Location: Argenton-sur-Creuse,
Architect In Charge: Emmanuel Alassoeur
Area: 1,614 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brice Desrez

House in the Alberes / INCA Architects

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Architects: INCA Architects
Location: Montesquieu-des-Albères,
Area: 288 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: N. Pianfetti

Le Clos Y / Dai Sugasawa

© Antoine DUHAMEL

Interior Designers: Dai Sugasawa
Location: 27 Avenue du Maine, 75015 , France
Project Chief: Simon Gasquet
Architects Chief: Pierre Millet
General Construction: Adriano de Sousa (CREADS)
Area: 100.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Antoine DUHAMEL

L’Orange de Ris / Edouard Francois

© Paul Raftery

Architects: Edouard Francois
Location: Chemin de Montlhéry, ,
Design Team: Maison Edouard François, CET Ingénierie (BET TCE)
Area: 4,350 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Raftery

Welfare Centre for Children and Teenagers in Paris / Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Verons architectes associes

© Vincent Fillon

Architects: Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Verons architectes associes
Location: Porte des Lilas, ,
Area: 5,211 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Vincent Fillon

Pavillon d’été / Noémie Meney

© Germain Ferey

Location: Toulon,
Studies : January 2013 – June 2013
Area: 16.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Germain Ferey

Le Coiffeur / Margaux Keller Design Studio + Bertrand Guillon Architecture

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Architects: Margaux Keller Design Studio + 
Location: 9 Quai du Lazaret, , France
Year: 2014
Photographs: Margaux Keller Design Studio

The Victor Gelez Community Centre / Dumont Legrand Architects

© Thomas Lannes

Architects: Dumont Legrand Architects
Location: , France
Area: 760 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Thomas Lannes

ZAC Boucicaut / Michel Guthmann

Courtesy of Michel Guthmann

Architects: Michel Guthmann
Location: 81 Rue des Cévennes, ,
Design Team: Michel Stéphanie Appert, Olivier Barthe, Valentin Bourdon, Bénédicte Caspar, Amélie Jonville, Céline Motte-Moitroux, Samuel Reist, Oona Savransky
Area: 6,500 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Michel Guthmann, Michel Denancé , Takuji Shimmura

Salle festive Succieu / Guillaume Girod Architecture

© Paul Kozlowski

Architects: Guillaume Girod Architecture
Location: Succieu,
Projet Manager: Succieu Town Council
Engennering Consultant: Soraetec
Area: 520.0 sqm
Photographs: Paul Kozlowski

The Architecture of Pompidou Metz: An Excerpt from “The Architecture of Art Museums – A Decade of Design: 2000 – 2010″

© Didier Boy De La Tour

In honor of , we’re taking a look back at the 21st century’s most exciting museums. The following is an excerpt from the recently released book, The Architecture of Art Museums – A Decade of Design: 2000 – 2010 (Routledge) by Ronnie Self, a Houston-based architect. Each chapter of the book provides technical, comprehensive coverage of a particular influential art museum. In total, eighteen of the most important art museums of the early twenty-first century - including works from Tadao Ando, Herzog & de Meuron, SANAA, Steven Holl, and many other high-profile architects - are explored. The following is a condensed version of the chapter detailing Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines’ 2010 classic, Centre Pompidou-Metz.

The Pompidou Center – was a first experiment in French cultural decentralization. In the late 1990’s, with the prospect of closing Piano and Roger’s building in Paris for renovations, the question arose of how to maintain some of the 60,000 works in the collection of the National Museum of Modern Art available for public viewing. A concept of “hors les murs” or “beyond the walls” was developed to exhibit works in other French cities. The temporary closing of the Pompidou Center – Paris spurred reflections on ways to present the national collection to a wider audience in general. Eventually a second Pompidou Center in another French city was imagined.

Antony-Multisports Complex / Archi5 + Tecnova architecture

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Architects: Archi5 + Tecnova architecture
Location: Rue de l’Annapurna, Antony,
Area: 3,989 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Archi5 associated with Tecnova architecture

Social Housing Rental “Le Bois Habité” / Pich-Aguilera Architects

© Stéphane Chalmeau

Architects: Pich-Aguilera Architects
Location: 12 Boulevard de Cleunay, Rennes,
Architect In Charge: Felipe Pich-Aguilera, David Cras, Teresa Batlle
Area: 9,685 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

Viviendas en Toulouse / Mateo Arquitectura

© Adrià Goula

Architects: Mateo Arquitectura
Location: Toulouse,
Architect In Charge: Josep Lluís Mateo
Area: 13,628 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Lille Offices / LAN Architecture

© Julien Lanoo

Architects: LAN Architecture
Location: Euralille, Boulevard de Turin, Lille, France
Area: 3,486 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Julien Lanoo