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Foster + Partners' Roman Antiquities Museum in Narbonne Nears Completion

08:00 - 8 April, 2018
Foster + Partners' Roman Antiquities Museum in Narbonne Nears Completion, Museum Narbonne. Image Courtesy of Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
Museum Narbonne. Image Courtesy of Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

Foster + Partner’s Musée de la Romanité Narbonne (Roman Museum of Narbonne) has moved closer to completion, with the scheme's building envelope now fully constructed. The museum seeks to become one of the most significant cultural attractions in the Southern French region, hosting more than 1000 Roman artifacts. The scheme’s progress was celebrated at a topping out ceremony on 30th January 2018, with the installation of VELUX Modular Skylights marking the completion of the building envelope.

Vincent Callebaut Architectures Wins Public Vote for Millennial Vertical Forest Competition

12:00 - 31 March, 2018
Vincent Callebaut Architectures Wins Public Vote for Millennial Vertical Forest Competition, Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures
Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures

For the "Imagine Angers" international design competition, Vincent Callebaut Architectures worked in collaboration with Bouygues Immobilier group to submit a proposal for the French city at the intersection of social and technological innovation, with a focus on ecology and hospitality. Named Arboricole, meaning “tree” and “cultivation,” this live-work-play environment gives back as much to the environment as it does its users. Although WY-TO prevailed in the competition, the Callebaut scheme succeeded in winning the public vote.

Coldefy & Associates Design World's Largest Single-Domed Tropical Greenhouse

14:00 - 26 March, 2018
Coldefy & Associates Design World's Largest Single-Domed Tropical Greenhouse, © Octav Tirziu Atelier
© Octav Tirziu Atelier

French firm Coldefy & Associates has unveiled images of their design proposal for the world’s largest tropical greenhouse under one roof. Situated in Pas-de-Calais, France, “Tropicalia” will cover an area of 215,000 square feet (20,000 square meters) featuring a tropical forest, turtle beach, a pool for Amazonian fish, and a one-kilometer-long walking trail. The biome aims to offer a “harmonious haven” where visitors are immediately immersed in a seemingly natural environment under a single domed roof.

Modular Installation Provides Temporary Housing For Refugees Beneath Paris Bridge

12:00 - 24 March, 2018
Modular Installation Provides Temporary Housing For Refugees Beneath Paris Bridge, Courtesy of 1week1project
Courtesy of 1week1project

As hundreds of refugees continue to arrive in Paris, France, the city faces an ongoing struggle to find safe and suitable housing for the influx of migrants. As a result, many end up sleeping in underused urban spaces or on the side of the road with almost no access to water, sanitation, and food.

Historic Fortress Inspires Steven Holl's Competition-Winning Museum in France

12:00 - 16 March, 2018
Historic Fortress Inspires Steven Holl's Competition-Winning Museum in France, Courtesy of Steven Holl
Courtesy of Steven Holl

Steven Holl Architects has won an international competition for the design of the Angers Collectors Museum and adjacent hotel in the historic city of Angers, France. Working in collaboration with developers Compagine de Phalsbourg, Holl’s scheme draws inspiration from the nearby 9th century Chateau d’Angers fortress, and seeks to form a new cultural gateway to the city.

An In-Depth Look at the Le Corbusier-Designed Barge Which Sank Last Month

09:30 - 14 March, 2018
An In-Depth Look at the Le Corbusier-Designed Barge Which Sank Last Month, Image <a href='http://archipostalecarte.blogspot.com/2015/03/le-corbusier-pour-les-hommes.html'>via Archipostale</a>
Image via Archipostale

This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "The Fascinating History of Le Corbusier’s Lost Barge."

Construction Begins on MVRDV’s Redesign for Europe’s Biggest Urban Shopping Center

12:20 - 13 March, 2018
Construction Begins on MVRDV’s Redesign for Europe’s Biggest Urban Shopping Center, © Kréaction
© Kréaction

In the 3rd Arrondissement of the French city of Lyon, construction has begun on Lyon Part-Dieu, an MVRDV-designed scheme seeking to transform the city’s main shopping center. Featuring partly-transparent glass and a public green roof, the MVRDV scheme will revitalize and integrate what was formerly an introverted complex built for an era dominated by the car.

Sou Fujimoto and Coldefy & Associés Propose a Sweeping Canopy for French Court House

12:00 - 10 March, 2018
Sou Fujimoto and Coldefy & Associés Propose a Sweeping Canopy for French Court House, Courtesy of MIR
Courtesy of MIR

Sou Fujimoto and Coldefy & Associés Architects Urban Planners’ proposal for a pale sweeping canopy enclosing a stacked glazed volume was among the four finalists for the new Palais de justice in LilleFrance organized by the Public Agency for Justice’s Real Estate (APIJ). Though the competition drew 139 international proposals, from which OMA was ultimately selected, Fujimoto and Coldefy & Associés' graceful structure was designed to house the high and district courts as well as public spaces within a facility in dialogue with its natural surroundings. 

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

12:00 - 20 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 © OMA
Concept model showing the 3 principle volumes. Image © OMA

Update 2/20/18: We've added a gallery of additional images to the post!

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.

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