Solar Decathlon Europe Announces Winners of its 2014 Contest

Rhome for Dencity / Rhome (Rome, Italy). Image © / jflakes.com

On Saturday night, the awards were announced in the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe, which is currently ongoing in the grounds of the Versailles Palace in France. The competition challenges university teams to build and run a full scale solar powered house, with awards being judged on a range of requirements including factors, architecture and comfort, with a different jury of three experts judging each requirement.

The overall winner, based on a combination of all the factors, was “Rhome for Dencity”, by the team from Roma Tre University, with a proposal that seeks to ”re-densify and re-qualify the boundaries of Rome” by applying principles of density and sustainability to this area where ”housing, country, archaeology and illegal buildings are interwoven.”

Read on after the break for images of all the winners

Epée de Bois – Nursery / h2o architectes

© Julien Attard

Architects: h2o architectes
Location: 5 Rue de l’Épée de Bois, Paris,
Area: 300 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Julien Attard

Auditorium Of Bondy & Radio France Choral Singing Conservatory / PARC Architectes

© 11h45

Architects: PARC Architectes
Location: Bondy,
Area: 1,800 sqm
Photographs: 11h45

La Fromagerie / Vincent Coste

© Toulon Azur

Architects: Vincent Coste
Location: Aix-en-Provence,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Toulon Azur

AD Round Up: Happy Bastille Day!

Nova Green / Agence Bernard Bühler. Image © Vincent Monthiers

The fourteenth of July is Bastille Day, a day that commemorates the start of the French Revolution.  Named for the fortress prison that was stormed by revolutionaries on July 14th, 1789, Bastille Day is celebrated globally both by France and her former colonies, as well as many cities in the US.  In honor of this historic date, we’ve compiled some of our favorite French projects from the past few years.  In this round up you’ll find classics such as the Villa dall’Ava by OMA, as well as fantastic works like Nova Green by Agence Bernard Bühler, Pontivy Media Library and Louviers Music school by Opus 5 architectes, Platform Architecture’s Aquitanis Headquarters, L’Atoll Angers by Antonio Virga Architecte and AAVP Architecture, a Parking Attendant’s Pavilion by Jean-Luc Fugier, Kengo Kuma’s Aix en Provence Conservatory of Music, and Origami by Manuelle Gautrand ArchitectureJoyeux quatorze juillet!

GL Events Headquarters / Studio Odile Decq

© Roland Halbe

Architects: Studio Odile Decq
Location: 59 Quai Rambaud, 69002 ,
Artist: Felice Varini
Area: 8300.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Roland Halbe, Studio Odile Decq

Aix en Provence Conservatory of Music / Kengo Kuma and Associates

© Roland Halbe

Architects: Kengo Kuma and Associates
Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Design Team: Kengo Kuma, Diego Lopez Arahuetes, Miruna Constantinescu, Natalia Sanz, Elise Fauquenbergue, Miguel Orellana, Junki Wakuda, Tristan Zelic, Magnus Casselbrant, Ioanna Angelidou, Yuki Ito, Emilie Bret, Majid Katir, Roman Martin, Dennis Cheung, Chao Chen
Area: 1,796 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Roland Halbe

Block 32 / Tectoniques Architects

© On Stage

Architects: Tectoniques Architects
Location: La Duchère, ,
Area: 5,241 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: On Stage

Maison L2 / Vincent Coste

© Florent Joliot

Architects: Vincent Coste
Location: Saint-Tropez,
Chef De Projet: Estelle Hondier
Area: 200 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Florent Joliot

Médiathèque du Bourget / Randja – Farid Azib Architects

© Luc Boegly

Architects: Randja – Farid Azib Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Farid Azib, Amélie Lengrand, Emilie Forget, Mélanie Surjon
Area: 750.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Luc Boegly

The Paris Debate: Must Preservation Inhibit Urban Renewal?

La Samaritaine was once ’ most famous department store. Image © Wikipedia

What is the preservationist’s role in our modernizing world? According to Michael Allen of Next City, preservationists exist to ensure that redevelopment meets both cultural heritage and economic demands. Read his entire article, originally published on Next City, below.

Terrasson’s Library / Architecture Patrick Mauger

© Michel Denancé

Architects: Architecture Patrick Mauger
Location: , France
Area: 1,932 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Michel Denancé

Villa B / Atelier Delphine Carrère

© Antoine Huot

Interior Architects: Atelier Delphine Carrère
Location: ,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Antoine Huot

Maison H3 / Vincent Coste

© Florent Joliot

Architects: Vincent Coste
Location: , France
Project Designer: Estelle Hondier
Area: 300.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Florent Joliot

University Cancer Institute Toulouse Oncopole / Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés

© Takuji Shimmura

Architects: Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés
Location: Avenue Irène Joliot-Curie, 31100 , France
Area: 65,000 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Takuji Shimmura, Javier Ortega

Nievre’s Departmental Archives / Architecture Patrick Mauger

© Didier Boy de la Tour

Architects: Architecture Patrick Mauger
Location: 1 Rue Charles Roy, Nevers,
Area: 8,850 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Didier Boy de la Tour

Interview with Jean-Louis Cohen, Curator of the French Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

On the morning that accepted a Special Mention for its exhibition “Modernity: Promise or Menace?” at the Venice Biennale, Curator Jean-Louis Cohen spoke to us about the questions raised within, on, and around the walls of the French Pavilion. Standing in front of a model of the farcical Villa Arpel from Jacques Tati’s famous film “Mon Oncle,” Cohen explained that France didn’t just absorb modernity (as Rem Koolhaas proposed) but that France inspired modernity, providing different expectations, promises and, as the title suggests, menaces.

For more images and curatorial texts check out our coverage of the pavilion here.

School of Engineers in Bretagne / ANMA

© Sergio Grazia

Architects: ANMA
Location: 100 Lorient, Corancy,
Architect In Charge: Nicolas Michelin, Michel Delplace, Cyril Trétout
Project Director: Etienne Chalet-Hayard
Project Manager: Ronan Le Hyaric
Area: 5,743 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sergio Grazia