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MVRDV to Transform Historic Palais du Commerce in Rennes

11:00 - 12 February, 2019
MVRDV to Transform Historic Palais du Commerce in Rennes, Shops. Image © ENGRAM
Shops. Image © ENGRAM

MVRDV has won a competition to renovate and extend the Palais du Commerce in Rennes, France. Developed in collaboration with co-architects Bernard Desmoulin and developers Frey and Engie Avenue, the transformation of the historic landmark will “signify a renaissance for both the building and its surroundings.”

The MVRDV scheme will reactivate both the Place de la Republique and the Palais, turning a former public building into a centerpiece of the city’s main commercial street as was originally intended. While being respectful to the existing building, the MVRDV proposal adopts a critical approach to its drawbacks, such as transparency and accessibility.

Aerial. Image © ENGRAM River. Image © ENGRAM Shops. Image © ENGRAM Connection. Image © ENGRAM + 15

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

08:00 - 15 February, 2018
© 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.

As in many other Siza buildings, this church is built in white concrete and pays special attention to the natural light, which bathes the altar, tabernacle, pulpit and baptismal font from above. Externally, different volumes—blocks, cylinders and incisions—add to the overall mass of the building, distinguishing it from the neighboring housing blocks, while the use of few openings helps to establish a solid, permanent presence in the natural environment. Check Ana Amado's set of photographs below: 

© Ana Amado © Ana Amado © Ana Amado © Ana Amado + 53

Cité Internationale Paul Ricœur / Hérault Arnod Architectes

02:00 - 23 April, 2017
Cité Internationale Paul Ricœur / Hérault Arnod Architectes, © André Morin
© André Morin

© André Morin          © André Morin          © André Morin          © André Morin          + 18

  • Architects

    Hérault Arnod Architectes
  • Location

    Boulevard de la Liberté, 35000 Rennes, France
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Mickaël Dusson
  • Area

    7389.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

Headquarters ‘Le Duff Group’ / Ateliers 2/3/4/

13:00 - 24 March, 2017
 Headquarters ‘Le Duff Group’ / Ateliers 2/3/4/, © Patrick Miara
© Patrick Miara

© Juan Sepulveda © Patrick Miara © Juan Sepulveda © Juan Sepulveda + 37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rennes, France
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Olivier Arene
  • Design Team

    Jean-Baptiste Fauvel, Cristina Sanchez, Ana-Monica Stoinea, Edouard Marpillat, Olivia Medot, Valentin Bulté.
  • Area

    8932.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

MVRDV Wins Competition in France with Residential Development Inspired by Rock Formations

11:10 - 21 October, 2016
MVRDV Wins Competition in France with Residential Development Inspired by Rock Formations, The complex offers green balconies, loggias and terraces, with trees and greenery from the public square connecting upwards following the curve of the façades.. Image © L’Autre Image (Paris)
The complex offers green balconies, loggias and terraces, with trees and greenery from the public square connecting upwards following the curve of the façades.. Image © L’Autre Image (Paris)

A team consisting of MVRDV, ALL + Giboire has won a competition for the project Ilot de l’Octroi, a new residential redevelopment in the city of Rennes, France that will transform the area into a socially adhesive green community along the Ille et Vilaine rivers.

The complex offers green balconies, loggias and terraces, with trees and greenery from the public square connecting upwards following the curve of the façades.. Image © L’Autre Image (Paris) The curved typology makes the rooftop and second-floor garden accessible and inviting for all residents. Image © L’Autre Image (Paris) At night, the tops of the buildings light up and provide a silhouette of the confluence. Image © L’Autre Image (Paris) Masterplan. Image © MVRDV + 29

Tetrarc Architects Unveils Design Proposal for the Rennes Conservatory

08:00 - 1 June, 2016
Tetrarc Architects Unveils Design Proposal for the Rennes Conservatory , © AirStudio
© AirStudio

France-based Tetrarc Architects has revealed their design for the new Conservatory of Rennes in France. Intended to be the cornerstone of a new urban project, the fifty-meter long cubic volume is intersected by “cuts and curves that give it an elegant, sculptural presence.” This cultural facility will bring five programs under one roof, including spaces for musical activities, an auditorium, dance theaters, administration spaces, and an area for the Pont Supérieur Music Department.

BIOPOLE Biotech Business Incubator / PERIPHERIQUES Architectes

03:00 - 31 March, 2015
BIOPOLE Biotech Business Incubator / PERIPHERIQUES Architectes, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly + 33

The House Between / Clément Bacle Architect

01:00 - 30 June, 2014
© Martin Argyroglo
© Martin Argyroglo

© Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo + 14

Social Housing Rental "Le Bois Habité" / Pich-Aguilera Architects

01:00 - 15 May, 2014
Social Housing Rental "Le Bois Habité" / Pich-Aguilera Architects, © Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    12 Boulevard de Cleunay, 35000 Rennes, France
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Felipe Pich-Aguilera, David Cras, Teresa Batlle
  • Project Manager

    Margherita Aricó
  • Specialists

    Betom Bureau d’etude. Capterre, Consultoría energética
  • Area

    9685.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Archipel Habitat Head Office / Bruno Gaudin Architectes

12:00 - 22 February, 2014
© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Nicolas Borel + 27

FRAC Bretagne Museum / Studio Odile Decq

01:00 - 16 February, 2014
FRAC Bretagne Museum / Studio Odile Decq, © Odile Decq - Roland Halbe
© Odile Decq - Roland Halbe

© Odile Decq - Roland Halbe © Odile Decq - Roland Halbe © Odile Decq - Roland Halbe © Odile Decq - Roland Halbe + 11

Hotel in the Douro Vineyards / Ricardo Carvalho + Joana Vilhena Arquitectos

01:00 - 2 August, 2013
Hotel in the Douro Vineyards / Ricardo Carvalho + Joana Vilhena Arquitectos, © Nuno Gaspar
© Nuno Gaspar

© Nuno Gaspar © Nuno Gaspar © Nuno Gaspar © Nuno Gaspar + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Figueiró dos Vinhos, Portugal
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Joana Vilhena, Ricardo Carvalho, José Roque, José Maria Rhodes Sérgio and Nuno Gaspar
  • Structural Consultants

    Multilayer
  • Mechanical, Hydraulic and Electricity Consultants

    Multilayer and Sunductil
  • Building Contractor

    Figueiredo & Figueiredo Lda.
  • Area

    1600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

'Eurorennes Ilot Féval' Winning Proposal / Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés

01:00 - 19 July, 2013
'Eurorennes Ilot Féval' Winning Proposal / Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés, Courtesy of Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés
Courtesy of Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés

Designed by Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés, in collaboration with Yves-Marie Maurer Architecture and the Atelier Blanchard Marsault Pondevie, their 'Eurorennes Ilot Féval' winning proposal consists of an approximately 22,000m2 office and commercial space, which also includes a theatre arthouse cinema. Located on the south bank of the train station in Rennes, France, the project will be serviced by the TGV (bullet train) with an expected completion date in 2017. More images after the break.

The BH2 Programme / Philippe Gazeau

00:00 - 25 May, 2012
The BH2 Programme / Philippe Gazeau, Courtesy of  philippe gazeau architect
Courtesy of philippe gazeau architect

Courtesy of  philippe gazeau architect Courtesy of  philippe gazeau architect Courtesy of  philippe gazeau architect Courtesy of  philippe gazeau architect + 40

  • Architects

    Philippe Gazeau Architect
  • Location

    Rennes, France
  • Category

  • Building Owner

    SNI Grand Ouest
  • Developer

    Territoires
  • Cost

    7,317,000 euros excl.
  • Area

    6400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011

Rennes Metro Station / Atelier Zündel & Cristea

17:00 - 16 May, 2011
Courtesy Atelier Zündel & Cristea
Courtesy Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Paris based architects, Atelier Zündel & Cristea, have shared with us their design for the new Saint Germain metro station in Rennes, France. Additional images and a brief description from the architects are available after the break.

Housing Pré Perché / a/LTA

12:30 - 25 January, 2011
Courtesy of a/LTA
Courtesy of a/LTA

French architects a/LTA shared with us their entry for a restricted competition to design a housing project in the city of Rennes, France. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Tai Shogun Restaurant / Barré Lambot Architectes

00:00 - 9 January, 2011
Tai Shogun Restaurant / Barré Lambot Architectes, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault + 18

Lucien Rose Complex / Atelier du Pont

00:00 - 10 January, 2010
Lucien Rose Complex / Atelier du Pont, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rennes, France
  • Category

  • Project Architects

    Atelier du Pont (Member of PLAN01)
  • Project Team

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

    Aquilino Torrao
  • Landscaping

    Ronand Desorneaux & Cabinet Lengyel Architectes
  • Client

    Archipel habitat and City of Rennes (library)
  • Budget

    9.2M Euros
  • Area

    7300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs