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Montpellier: The Latest Architecture and News

Belaroïa Residential Building / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly + 37

L’Arbre Blanc Residential Tower / Sou Fujimoto Architects + Nicolas Laisné + OXO architects + Dimitri Roussel

© Cyrille Weiner
© Cyrille Weiner

© Cyrille Weiner © Cyrille Weiner © Cyrille Weiner © Cyrille Weiner + 21

Montpellier, France

Gare TGV de Montpellier, Montpellier Railway Station / Marc Mimram

© Hisao Suzuki
© Hisao Suzuki

© Hisao Suzuki © Hisao Suzuki © Hisao Suzuki © Lisa Riccioti + 29

Montpellier, France
  • Architects: Marc Mimram
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 6000.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Groupe Scolaire Germaine Richier / MDR Architectes

© Julien Thomazo © Julien Thomazo © Julien Thomazo © Julien Thomazo + 40

Montpellier, France
  • Architects: MDR Architectes
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 3386.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

CTN House / Brengues Le Pavec architectes

© Marie-Caroline Lucat © Marie-Caroline Lucat © Marie-Caroline Lucat © Marie-Caroline Lucat + 24

Montpellier, France

MSR House / Brengues Le Pavec architectes

© rbrengues photo © rbrengues photo © rbrengues photo © rbrengues photo + 25

Montpellier, France

Folie Divine / Farshid Moussavi Architecture

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

Montpellier, France

Rehabilitation of Louis Figuier / NAS architecture

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

Montpellier, France
  • Architects: NAS architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1000.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Domain of Biar Reception Room / Brengues Le Pavec architectes

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

Montpellier, France

Groupe A+ Headquarters / A+Architecture

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

Montpellier, France
  • Architects: A+Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1574.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

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

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

© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly
Montpellier, France
  • Architects: Jacques Ferrier architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 32000.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

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

Parking Saint-Roch / Archikubik

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

Montpellier, France
  • Architects: Archikubik
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 23680.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

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

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

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

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

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