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The PortHole / TOMA!

  • Architects: TOMA!
  • Location: La Grande-Motte, France
  • Architects in Charge: Antonio Nardozzi, María Dolores Del Sol Ontalba [TOMA! – team of manufacturers architects]
  • Area: 9.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Tiziano Zannordo, Photoarchitecture, Courtesy of TOMA!

© Photoarchitecture Courtesy of TOMA! © Tiziano Zannordo Courtesy of TOMA!

Breath Box / NAS Architecture

  • Architects: NAS Architecture
  • Location: 4 Esplanade Maurice Justin, 34280 La Grande-Motte, France
  • Architect in Charge: Hadrien Balalud De Saint Jean, Guillaume Giraud, Johan Laure
  • Client: Festival of Lively Architecture (FAV)
  • Area: 20.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Paul Kozlowski

© Paul Kozlowski © Paul Kozlowski © Paul Kozlowski © Paul Kozlowski

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 Montpellier, 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.

Marion Moustey and Alex Arcens Onde Sensuelle- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski NAS Architecture's Breath Box- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski Lea Corba and Nicolas Baudru's Sensualite Invisible- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski Fakir's Sens Dessous Sen Dessous- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski

La Grande Motte / N+B Architectes

  • Architects: N+B Architectes
  • Location: La Grande Motte City, Montpellier, France
  • Architects: N+B Architectes - Elodie Nourrigat, Jacques Brion
  • Associated Architect: Julien Wafflart
  • Project Manager: Representative
  • Client: La ville de la Grande Motte
  • Building Scale: RDC
  • Site Area: 1.515 sqm
  • Cost: 835.000 € HT
  • Photographs: Paul Kozlowski

© Paul Kozlowski © Paul Kozlowski © Paul Kozlowski © Paul Kozlowski