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AD Classics: Royal Basilica of Saint-Denis / Abbot Suger

04:00 - 2 December, 2016
AD Classics: Royal Basilica of Saint-Denis / Abbot Suger, West Façade. Image © Wikimedia user Thomas Clouet (licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0)
West Façade. Image © Wikimedia user Thomas Clouet (licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0)

The origin of Gothic architecture, a style which defined Europe in the later Middle Ages, can be traced to a single abbey church in the northern suburbs of Paris. The Basilique royale de Saint-Denis (Royal Basilica of Saint-Denis), constructed on the site of an abbey and reliquary established in Carolingian (800-888 CE) times, was partially rebuilt under the administration of Abbot Suger in the early 12th Century; these additions—utilizing a variety of structural and stylistic techniques developed in the construction of Romanesque churches in the preceding centuries—would set medieval architecture on a new course that would carry it through the rest of the epoch.

Félix Benoist (Public Domain). ImageEngraving (1861) Rose Window. Image © Wikimedia user Diliff (licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0) Tomb. Image © Wikimedia user Myrabella (licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0) West Façade Portal Detail. Image © Wikimedia user Myrabella (licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0) +9

La Cité Des Arts / L’Atelier Architectes

05:00 - 25 September, 2016
La Cité Des Arts / L’Atelier Architectes, © Hervé Douris
© Hervé Douris

© Hervé Douris © Hervé Douris © Hervé Douris © Hervé Douris +16

Maison D'education De La Legion D'honneur / Belus & Hénocq Architectes

02:00 - 13 July, 2016
Maison D'education De La Legion D'honneur / Belus & Hénocq Architectes, © Raphaël Chipault
© Raphaël Chipault

© Raphaël Chipault © Raphaël Chipault © Raphaël Chipault © Raphaël Chipault +23

Nursery and Primary School in Saint-Denis / Paul Le Quernec

05:00 - 1 October, 2015
Nursery and Primary School in Saint-Denis / Paul Le Quernec, Courtesy of Paul Le Quernec
Courtesy of Paul Le Quernec

Courtesy of Paul Le Quernec Courtesy of Paul Le Quernec Courtesy of Paul Le Quernec Courtesy of Paul Le Quernec +40

  • Architects

  • Location

    1 Chemin des Petits Cailloux, 93210 Saint-Denis, France
  • Area

    4800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Paul Le Quernec

Au Bon Coin / Ramdam Architectes

02:00 - 25 June, 2015
Au Bon Coin / Ramdam Architectes, © Michèle Constantini
© Michèle Constantini

© Michèle Constantini © Michèle Constantini © Michèle Constantini © Michèle Constantini +28

Kengo Kuma Wins Competition to Design Metro Station in Paris

15:30 - 23 March, 2015
© Kengo Kuma & Associates
© Kengo Kuma & Associates

Kengo Kuma and Associates has won an international competition to design the new Saint-Denis Pleyel train station in France. Like Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue and Elizabeth de Portzamparc, Kengo Kuma will design one of four stations that will be built as part of the ambitious Grand Paris Express (GPE) project which seeks to modernize the existing transport network and create an automatic metro that will connect new neighborhoods to Paris.

The winning project aims to serve as a multi-level extension of public space that will connect two districts currently separated by the large railway network of the Parisian North station.

Read on to learn more about Kengo Kuma’s winning proposal. 

Wooden Housing Building / JTB.architecture

06:00 - 3 March, 2015
Wooden Housing Building / JTB.architecture, © Cyrille Lallement
© Cyrille Lallement

© Luc Boegly © Cyrille Lallement © Cyrille Lallement © Luc Boegly +38

SFR Headquarters / Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés

08:00 - 20 February, 2014
SFR Headquarters  / Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés, © Éric Sempé
© Éric Sempé

© Éric Sempé © Éric Sempé © Éric Sempé © Éric Sempé +15

High School Jean Lurçat / Mikou Studio

01:00 - 14 June, 2013
© Florian Kleinefenn
© Florian Kleinefenn
  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint-Denis, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Mikou Studio
  • Area

    12000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Florian Kleinefenn © Florian Kleinefenn © Florian Kleinefenn © Florian Kleinefenn +38

70 Homes in Landy Sud / PetitDidier Prioux Architectes

01:00 - 30 April, 2013
70 Homes in Landy Sud / PetitDidier Prioux Architectes, © 11h45
© 11h45

© 11h45 © 11h45 © Stephan Lucas © Stephan Lucas +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rue du Landy, Saint-Denis, France
  • Project Manager

    Sébastien Perrault
  • Contracting Team

    OPH Plaine Commune Habitat
  • Engineering

    BECT
  • Contractor

    Bouygues Bâtiment Habitat Social
  • Area

    5391.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Social Housing Units in Saint-Denis / Atelier du Pont

01:00 - 16 April, 2013
Social Housing Units in Saint-Denis / Atelier du Pont, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    4 Rue Gabriel Péri, 93200 Saint-Denis, France
  • Architects in Charge

    Anne-Cécile Comar, Philippe Croisier, Stéphane Pertusier
  • Project Managers

    Luc Pinsard and François Kharrat
  • Area

    2815.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Saint Denis Housing / Ateliers O-S architectes

01:00 - 26 October, 2012
Saint Denis Housing / Ateliers O-S architectes, © Cecile Septet
© Cecile Septet

© Cecile Septet © Cecile Septet © Cecile Septet © Cecile Septet +8

  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint-Denis, France
  • Project Team

    Vincent Baur, Guillaume Colboc, Gaël Le Nouëne, Aurelie Louesdon
  • Area

    2480.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Cecile Septet, Courtesy of Ateliers O-S architectes

Commissariat of Police in France / X-TU

01:00 - 13 April, 2012
Commissariat of Police in France / X-TU, © JM Monthiers
© JM Monthiers

© JM Monthiers © JM Monthiers © JM Monthiers © JM Monthiers +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint-Denis, France
  • Architects

    X-TU - Anouk Legendre & Nicolas Desmazieres
  • Design Team

    Roel Dehoorne, Gaelle Leborgne, Melanie Bury, Ingrid Manger
  • Engineering

    Estair L. Labrousse
  • Client

    Ministery of Interior
  • Cost

    5,790,000 € TTC with tax
  • Ground Floor

    A public lobby as well as a restricted access lobby for the police, frequently used facilities, commandment rooms, detention cells, and a storage room.
  • Area

    3857.0 sqm
  • Photographs