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OMA's Colorful Base, Tower and Ring Scheme Wins Competition for New Courthouse in Lille, France

14:00 - 19 February, 2018
OMA's Colorful Base, Tower and Ring Scheme Wins Competition for New Courthouse in Lille, France, Concept model showing the 3 principle volumes. Image Courtesy of OMA
Concept model showing the 3 principle volumes. Image Courtesy of OMA

OMA has been selected as the winner of an international competition for the design of the new Palais de justice (courthouse) in Lille, France. Located on the outskirts of the city near the historic Vauban fortifications, the new courthouse will house the high court and district court of Lille within a colorful, expressive volume.

This Medieval Walled Town with a Storied History Shows How Traditional Urbanism Can Support High Density

09:30 - 15 February, 2018
This Medieval Walled Town with a Storied History Shows How Traditional Urbanism Can Support High Density, © Sabine de Villeroy
© Sabine de Villeroy

The protective fortress, winding cobblestone streets, and medieval urban layout are all characteristics of many coastal European towns. But when exploring the French town of Saint-Malo, it is difficult to believe that this is hardly the original city. What separates Saint-Malo from many other European towns located by the sea—aside from its striking location jutting out from the coastline—is the complex history of how it was heavily destroyed in World War II, but rebuilt to its original aesthetic.

Alvaro Siza's New Church of Saint-Jacques de la Lande Through the Lens of Ana Amado

08:00 - 15 February, 2018
Alvaro Siza's New Church of Saint-Jacques de la Lande Through the Lens of Ana Amado, © Ana Amado
© Ana Amado

Architecture photographer Ana Amado  has shared with us a set of photographs featuring Álvaro Siza's recently inaugurated Church of Saint-Jacques de la Lande, in Rennes—the first church built in Brittany, France this century.

Innovative 'Wooden Bricks' System Cuts Building Time to Just a Few Days

08:00 - 26 January, 2018
Innovative 'Wooden Bricks' System Cuts Building Time to Just a Few Days , © Brikawood
© Brikawood

Brikawood is an intuitive and logical construction system of wooden bricks that allows the rapid construction of an entire house without the use of nails, screws or adhesives.

Stone Pavilion Uses Traditional Form And Technology To Connect Past to Present

14:00 - 7 January, 2018
Stone Pavilion Uses Traditional Form And Technology To Connect Past to Present, © GaZ Blanco
© GaZ Blanco

New Fundamentals Research Group, in partnership with S.N.B.R., designed and fabricated a stone vaulted pavilion for Rocalia, a natural stone fair held in Lyon last month. At a total area of 36 square meters and 3.20 meters in height, Flux reconnects the past to the present by combining traditional sculptural design with contemporary fabrication processes.

Beautiful Graphics Illustrate JAGG's Competition-Winning Transformation Along France's Garonne River

16:40 - 3 January, 2018
Beautiful Graphics Illustrate JAGG's Competition-Winning Transformation Along France's Garonne River, Courtesy of JAGG
Courtesy of JAGG

French studio JAGG has been selected as the winners of The Great Mine competition, which sought ideas for the transformation of the Garonne River in Bègles, France, through the intervention of two waterfront sites.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Breaks Ground on Green Roof Topped Louvre Storage Facility

14:30 - 15 December, 2017
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Breaks Ground on Green Roof Topped Louvre Storage Facility , Renderings of the project. Image Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Renderings of the project. Image Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has broken ground on a new conservation and storage facility for the Louvre in Liévin, France. Capable of housing conservation and storage facilities for as many as 250,000 works, the building will is aiming to become of one of the world’s most advanced research and study facilities.

Foster + Partners Selected to Design Marseille Airport Extension

12:00 - 24 November, 2017
Foster + Partners Selected to Design Marseille Airport Extension, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has won the competition to design a new extension to Marseille Airport that will allow the building to process up to 12 million passengers a year. The 2-phase design will add a new central pavilion to the existing building—which comprises the original 1960s structure designed by Fernand Pouillon, and a 1992 extension by Richard Rogers—and a new pier to provide access to the planes.

Winner Announced for Highrise Residential Tower Competition on the French Rhine

06:00 - 15 November, 2017
Winner Announced for Highrise Residential Tower Competition on the French Rhine, © Yam Studio
© Yam Studio

The mayor of Strasbourg, Roland Ries, has announced the winner of the architectural design competition for a residential tower. The site is located near the Rhine, within the ‘Strasbourg, Presqu’ile--Citadelle’ neighborhood -- dense with low-rises, not exceeding five levels. The winning design by KCAP Architects & Planners and OSLO Architectes is commended for its contextual sensitivity and formal relationship with Germany which sits just on the other side of the Rhine river. 

Iconic and Revered, Notre Dame de Paris Faces an Uncertain Future

12:00 - 9 October, 2017
Iconic and Revered, Notre Dame de Paris Faces an Uncertain Future, Courtesy of Livioandronico2013
Courtesy of Livioandronico2013

Broken gargoyles and fallen balustrades replaced by plastic pipes and wooden planks. Flying buttresses darkened by pollution and eroded by rainwater. Pinnacles propped up by beams and held together with straps.

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