Musée des Beaux-arts / David Chipperfield Architects

South-west elevation, View from corner Rue de Mars / Rue Andrieux © David Chipperfield Architects

Arising from the historic town fortifications, David Chipperfield Architects’ new Musée des Beaux-arts is situated on the periphery of a long green space in between the old and new parts of , . The Gallo-Roman gate and the modernist market hall, located in its vicinity, are evidence of ’s architectural history from antiquity to modern times. Clad with marble slabs and glass ceramic panels, the translucent Musée des Beaux-arts building shares a site with an excavation area filled with mediaeval findings.

Continue reading to learn more about the Musée des Beaux-arts.

Europan 11 Proposal: ‘Multitalented City’ / PUPA

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The ‘Multitalented City’ by PUPA (Public Urbanism Personal Architecture) is a winning proposal for the Europan 11 which creates a new identity for an old university campus at the periphery of Reims, . The campus is transformed into a flexible and self sustaining district which is able to adapt to changes – environmental, societal, and economic. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘La Fabrique Sonore’ Exhibition / Hyoung-Gul Kook, Ali Momeni and Robin Meier

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Taking place at the Vranken Pommery Monopole in Reims, France, La Fabrique Sonore combines ancient paper folding techniques with contemporary computer-aided-design and manufacturing processes. Curated by Charles Carcopino and Claire Staebler and designed by Hyoung-Gul Kook, Ali Momeni and Robin Meier, the form is inspired by mathematician and origami expert Taketoshi Nojima, especially his work reproducing organic forms from folded paper. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

Wave House / Patrick Nadeau

Our friends at Inhabitat shared Patrick Nadeau‘s with us to enjoy.  Situated in Reims, , the house features a new take on a green roof – a  cascading green surface that blankets the artificial to disguise it as a grassy hill.   While we enjoy the addition of any green roof, Nadeau’s approach of a roof that is integrated with the overall form of the house and is then blended into the larger landscape is a nice strategy.

More images and more about the home after the break.