Architects: Béal & Blanckaert
Location: Scientific quarter, Villeneuve d’Ascq, Paris, France
Principals: Antoine Béal and Ludovic Blanckaert
Project Team: J. Ramet, E. Veauvy, T. Foucray, L. Zimny
Bet: HDM – Becquart
Project Area: 950 sqm
Budget: 1,850,000 euro
Project Year: 2007-2009
Photographs: Julien Lanoo
Stéphane Chalmeau shared with us this bricked housing building in downtown Paris, France designed by Brenac + Gonzalez Atelier d’Architecture. It shows two different volumes, merging with both, the red roofs of the low height houses and the white volumes of the housing buildings next to it, demonstrating a great respect for the context.
Architect: Edouard François
Location: Paris, France
Client: Groupe Lucien Barrière, Groupe ACCOR
Structural engineers: COTEBA Ingénierie
Decorations: Jacques Garcia
Gardens: Pré Carré, Marc Vatinel
Lights and illumination: Light CIBLES, Louis Claire
Year of enchargement: 2003
Year of completion: 2006
Constructed area: 18,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Agence Edouard François
Arquitectum recently announced the Paris 2009 International Architecture Competition to be held from May to August of this year. The competition proposes a reinterpretation of “the new Moulin Rouge”, the most famous cabaret in the world and an important piece of Parisian life.
Further information about the competition after the break.
The Docks de Paris project by Paris based architecture studio Jakob + MacFarlane is nearing completion. The building was first designed in 2004 for a competition held by the city of Paris. Jakob + MacFarlane’s entry eventually won the competition and has been underway since 2007.
The project is actually a renovation of a concrete shipping depot originally built in 1907, which the architects chose to keep for the base of their new design. The architects are calling their design a ‘plug-over’ as the new structure is a new external skin that enveloped the existing site on the sides and on top. The river facing façade features a glass covered steel tube structure that is inspired by the flow of the river and its pedestrian promendades. The roof has also been developed using wooden decks and grassed areas. The front façade addition serves as the buildings circulation system allowing visitors to move between levels. Inside the new building will feature a variety of programming including galleries, retail shops, the french fashion institute, and cafes.
Seen at designboom. More images after the break.
French firm Emmanuel Combarel Dominique Marrec architects (ECDM), designed this student housing building for 190 students in Rue des Petits Ponts, Paris, France.
The project brings together the two main characteristics of the site, the presence of imposing, solid built masses and the indefinite, fleeting landscape of the peripheric boulevard. The program is repetitive by nature: 190 student rooms, for 190 students of the same age, with the same education level. ECDM do not try to confront this repetition but rather create unity and identity, bringing together these 190 individualities. The repetition of a common module generates the façades, creating a monolithic image, contrasting with the lightness and aerial nature of the project.
You can see more information here.
Images after the break.
“Slumdog Millionaire” is the movie of the year. Its story of a young guy from Mumbai’s slum of Dharavi, who manages to change its destiny through the “Who wants to be a Millionaire” game has charmed many people, including the Oscars’ jury, who awarded the movie with 8 prizes.
At the same time, the movie has created a debate around slums and how the movie portrays them. “Slumdog Millionaire” follows the mainstream vision of slums, described in the XIX century by writers like Daniel Defoe or Charles Dickens: dark, dirty places, with people packed in small rooms with no water facilities. In slums, riots are frequents, and police can hardly enter: the perfect place for criminals to hide and plan their threats to the society, and the perfect incubator for all sort of diseases.
Location: Paris, France
Creative Team: François Roche, Stéphanie Lavaux, Jean Navarro
Hydroponic System: R&Sie(n)
Key dimensions: 130 sqm
Construction year: 2008
Glass Beakers : Pedro Veloso including the consulting of Vanessa Mitrani
Structural development and construction of the green prototype: Christian Hubert De Lisle & Cie
Architects: Atelier Phileas (member of PLAN01)
Location: Malakoff, France
Program: Head quarter room, technical spaces, Offices, meeting rooms, Renovation of the subway station Etienne Dolet, Urban lanscape
Constructed Area: 1,600 sqm
Budget: 4.5M Euro + tax (US $5.67M + tax)
Project year: 2006
Photographer: Stéphane Chalmeau, Frédéric Delangle
Architects: R&Sie(n)- Paris
Location: Nîmes, France
Construction year: 2007
Architects team: François Roche, Stéphanie Lavaux, Jean Navarro avec Nicolas Green
Area: 450 sqm interior, 2000 sqm exterior laberinth
Clients: Urbain y Elisabeth Souriau
Budget: 700.000 EURO (US $1.07 million)
The La Defense is a 160 ha business district in the west of Paris, currently under a renewal plan to strengthen its place among the great international business districts. The plan is managed by the EPAD (The Public Establishment for Installation of La Défense), an organization formed by local authorities, government and neighbors focused on developing the La Defense for the best interests of its 20.000 residents and 150.000 inhabitants in floating population.
The renewal includes several high rise sustainable towers. One of this towers, the Tour Signal, entered an international closed competition for teams of architects/investors/developers, on which EPAD didn’t impose a site. The candidates were thus able to choose their sites either from among the entrances to the business district (South Gate and West Gate), either from sites subject to demolition operations. The Tour Signal will thus endow the business district with a new landmark in 2013.
And a few days ago, the winner was announced: Ateliers Jean Nouvel, project shown on the video above.
More pictures of the Jean Nouvel proposal, and the rest of the candidates/finalists after the jump.