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Montpellier

Folie Divine / Farshid Moussavi Architecture

03:00 - 18 December, 2017
Folie Divine / Farshid Moussavi Architecture, © Paul Phung
© Paul Phung

© Paul Phung © Paul Phung © Paul Phung © Paul Phung + 34

Rehabilitation of Louis Figuier / NAS architecture

02:00 - 10 December, 2017
Rehabilitation of Louis Figuier  / NAS architecture, Courtesy of NAS architecture
Courtesy of NAS architecture

Courtesy of NAS architecture Courtesy of NAS architecture Courtesy of NAS architecture Courtesy of NAS architecture + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    4 Rue Farges, 34000 Montpellier, France
  • Architects in Charge

    Hadrien BALALUD DE SAINT JEAN, Guillaume GIRAUD, Johan LAURE
  • Area

    1000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017

Domain of Biar Reception Room / Brengues Le Pavec architectes

11:00 - 24 October, 2017
Domain of Biar Reception Room / Brengues Le Pavec architectes, © RBrengues Photos
© RBrengues Photos

© RBrengues Photos © RBrengues Photos © RBrengues Photos © RBrengues Photos + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Route de Lavérune, Montpellier, France
  • Architects in Charge

    Julien Brengues, Lionel Le Pavec, Cléo Lévêque, Magali Richard
  • Area

    260.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Groupe A+ Headquarters / A+Architecture

05:00 - 7 October, 2017
Groupe A+ Headquarters / A+Architecture, © Marie-Caroline Lucat
© Marie-Caroline Lucat

© Marie-Caroline Lucat © Marie-Caroline Lucat © Marie-Caroline Lucat © Marie-Caroline Lucat + 30

Tip-Box Balances Vertigo and Nature in Montpellier’s Mountains

06:00 - 13 February, 2017
Tip-Box Balances Vertigo and Nature in Montpellier’s Mountains , © Christophe Benichou
© Christophe Benichou

Have you ever felt yourself teetering on the edge of insanity? Or how about being this close to your tipping point? No? Well, it seems that architect Christophe Benichou has, and the result is a cubic small scale structure balancing upon the precipice of Pic-Saint-Loup.

Aptly named Tip-Box, the fictional project was originally conceived for a soon-to-be 30-year-old friend of Benichou’s. Perhaps realizing that presents should be restricted to more traditional boxes, the space is intended to serve as an outpost for contemplation and rest for hikers in the mountains of Montpellier.

© Christophe Benichou © Christophe Benichou © Christophe Benichou © Christophe Benichou + 9

La Mantilla / Jacques Ferrier architecture

19:00 - 3 May, 2016
© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly
  • Architects

  • Location

    Montpellier, France
  • Project Manager

    François Marquet
  • Architect Partner

    A+ Architecture
  • Area

    32000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly + 21

Parking Saint-Roch / Archikubik

09:00 - 18 February, 2016
Parking Saint-Roch / Archikubik, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula + 48

  • Architects

  • Location

    Place Saint-Roch, 34000 Montpellier, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Marc Chalamanch , Miquel Lacasta , Carmen Santana
  • Area

    23680.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Earth, Air, Water and Blurred Boundaries at La Festival des Architectures Vives 2015

06:00 - 25 December, 2015
Earth, Air, Water and Blurred Boundaries at La Festival des Architectures Vives 2015, Embruns. Image © Paul Kozlowski / photoarchitecture / Festival des Architectures Vives
Embruns. Image © Paul Kozlowski / photoarchitecture / Festival des Architectures Vives

The south of France is known for its endless beaches, nineteenth century architecture, lush greenery, and monuments to its storied history. For nearly a decade, Le Festival des Architectures Vives (Festival of Lively Architecture) has been infusing contemporary architecture into the staid Southern French landscape through the creation of an array of artful temporary pavilions. Beginning in 2006 and 2013 respectively, the towns of Montpellier and La Grande Motte have played host to a series of structures designed to animate historical segments of the two cities. Founded with a mission to celebrate the seminal work of burgeoning architects, the festival aims to produce meaningful and interactive works designed to activate the historic centres of the two ageing cities. 

Explore the bizarre and inspired installations of Le Festival des Architectures Vives after the break.

Promenade D'envolees. Image © Paul Kozlowski / photoarchitecture / Festival des Architectures Vives The Porthole. Image © Paul Kozlowski / photoarchitecture / Festival des Architectures Vives Photo Souvenir. Image © Paul Kozlowski / photoarchitecture / Festival des Architectures Vives Les Arbres dans L'eau. Image © Paul Kozlowski / photoarchitecture / Festival des Architectures Vives + 16

Call for Submissions: Festival des Architectures Vives 2016

23:00 - 15 October, 2015
Call for Submissions: Festival des Architectures Vives 2016, FAV2016
FAV2016

In 2015 the Festival was visited by not less than 15,000 visitors and was committed to raising awareness in schools and in 2015 it was 31 kindergarten and primary classes that took part in this new program. For its 11th edition the Festival des Architectures Vives will take place in Montpellier from June 15th to 19th 2016, the FAV La Grande Motte will take place from June the 18th to 26th 2016. Innovate is the key word for this edition.

URBAN AGENCY's Luxury Apartment Design "Twists" French Planning Law

06:00 - 12 August, 2015
URBAN AGENCY's Luxury Apartment Design "Twists" French Planning Law, Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of URBAN AGENCY
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of URBAN AGENCY

Designed by URBAN AGENCY and BET Satge, Le Twist is set to be a series of 10 luxury apartments with a ground floor restaurant that opens onto a semi-public garden. Commissioned in 2013, the architects were asked to re-evaluate an existing proposal for Montpellier, France. By sliding and twisting each storey, the firm was able to "comply with and 'twist' French planning law," gaining an extra 40% of floor space.

FAKT Creates a Floating Metal “Cloudscape” in Montpellier

08:00 - 16 July, 2015
FAKT Creates a Floating Metal “Cloudscape” in Montpellier, Photograph of the Cloudscape's Front Elevation. Image © Giulio Boem
Photograph of the Cloudscape's Front Elevation. Image © Giulio Boem

FAKT, an up-and-coming studio based out of Berlin and Zurich, has created an architectural installation for the Festival des Architectures Vives, which uses perforated aluminum sheets to produce a cloudscape. Sponsored by metalworking companies Karl Dieringer and AMAG Austria Metall, the exhibition explores aluminum's material properties and its ability to create new forms.

Cloudscape Surface Contours. Image © Giulio Boem An Interior View of the Exhibition. Image © Giulio Boem Visitors Looking inside Cloudscape. Image © Giulio Boem Top of Cloudscape. Image © Giulio Boem + 9

Scape / NAS architecture

05:00 - 12 July, 2015
Scape / NAS architecture, © photoarchitecture
© photoarchitecture

© photoarchitecture © photoarchitecture © photoarchitecture © photoarchitecture + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Montpellier, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Hadrien BALALUD DE SAINT JEAN, Guillaume GIRAUD, Johan LAURE
  • Client

    Festival of Lively Architecture (FAV)
  • Area

    30.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

32 Housing / MDR Architectes

01:00 - 28 January, 2015
32 Housing  / MDR Architectes, © Mathieu Ducros
© Mathieu Ducros

© Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Montpellier, France
  • Architects in Charge

    Sancie Matte, Arnaud Rousseau, Frédéric Devaux
  • Team Design

    Frédéric Ganichot, Géraldine Savelli
  • Area

    2800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Maison des Aires / Cabinet-Cabinet Architectures

01:00 - 23 January, 2015
Maison des Aires / Cabinet-Cabinet Architectures, © Yoan Claveau de Lima
© Yoan Claveau de Lima

© Yoan Claveau de Lima © Yoan Claveau de Lima © Yoan Claveau de Lima © Yoan Claveau de Lima + 20

Marc Mimram Reveals Design for New TGV Station in Montpellier

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
Marc Mimram Reveals Design for New TGV Station in Montpellier, Courtesy of Marc Mimram
Courtesy of Marc Mimram

Paris-based architecture and engineering firm Marc Mimram has been appointed to design a new TGV station in Montpellier, France. To be completed in late 2017, the station is intended to serve up to 3.5 million passengers a year by 2030, connecting with the existing Perpignan to Barcelona line, ultimately reducing the travel time between Paris and Barcelona.

The station's striking roof structure is composed of five 8 metre wide pleated shells, made from a fibre reinforced, ultra high performance concrete (UHPC). The high performance concrete combined with the pleated form allows the shells to be just 5-6 centimetres thick, with glass panes embedded directly into the concrete during casting.

Mirrored Seafront Pavilion Among Seven Installations at Festival Des Architectures Vives

01:00 - 5 August, 2014
Mirrored Seafront Pavilion Among Seven Installations at Festival Des Architectures Vives, NAS Architecture's Breath Box- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski
NAS Architecture's Breath Box- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski

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 + 33

Sou Fujimoto-Led Team Designs Tree-Inspired Housing Tower for Montpellier

00:00 - 7 March, 2014
Sou Fujimoto-Led Team Designs Tree-Inspired Housing Tower for Montpellier, © RSI-studio
© RSI-studio

The City of Montpellier has chosen Sou Fujimoto Architects, Nicolas Laisné Associés and Manal Rachdi Oxo architects’ “White Tree (L’Arbre Blanc)” as winner of the "Architectural Folie of the 21st Century" competition. Inspired by the city’s tradition of outdoor living, and the efficient properties of a tree, the mixed-use residential tower will feed off locally available natural resources as it rises 17-stories and connects the new and old districts of Montpellier. 

BIG Selected to Design Human Body Museum in France

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
BIG Selected to Design Human Body Museum in France, Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

BIG has been announced as the winner of an international design competition for the new Cité du Corps Humain (Museum of the Human Body) in Montpellier. Rooted in the city’s long medical history and world renowned medical school, which dates back to the 10th century, the 7,800 sqm museum will “explore the human body from an artistic, scientific and societal approach through cultural activities, interactive exhibitions, performances and workshops.”

It’s design, orchestrated by eight undulating forms which “weave together” to create an underlying continuous space, will serve as a mediator between nature and city - Charpak Park and the Montpellier city hall. Stunning views, access to daylight and critical internal connections will all be revealed by the Museum’s shifting form. 

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