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L’Equatoria Apartments / Christophe Rousselle Architecte

© Takuji Shimmura© Takuji Shimmura© Takuji Shimmura© Takuji Shimmura+ 30

Rennes, France

Additi Offices / Kraft Architectes

© Judith Bormand© Judith Bormand© Judith Bormand© Judith Bormand+ 18

Urban Quartz Office Building / Hamonic + Masson & Associés + a/LTA

© Takuji Shimmura© Takuji Shimmura© Takuji Shimmura© Takuji Shimmura+ 35

Creative Campus / PHD Architectes

© Julien Hourcade© Julien Hourcade© Julien Hourcade© Maxime Delvaux+ 19

Extension in Burned Wood Shou Sugi Ban / Clément Bacle Architecte

© Gaëtan Chevrier© Gaëtan Chevrier© Gaëtan Chevrier© Gaëtan Chevrier+ 13

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  75
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, K-Line France, Etex, Trimble

6 Social Housing Units / Atelier 56S

© François Dantart© François Dantart© François Dantart© François Dantart+ 23

Rennes, France

Le Cours des Arts, Living Diversity in Beauregard / a/LTA

© S. Chalmeau© S. Chalmeau© S. Chalmeau© S. Chalmeau+ 25

  • Architects: a/LTA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  8350
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Armor Etancheite, Doitrand, Feratte, Gadby, Herve, +3

JDSA Wins Competition to Design New Fluted Tower in France

 Féval Tower. Image Courtesy of JDS Architects
Féval Tower. Image Courtesy of JDS Architects

JDS Architects have won the competition to design a new residential tower and mixed-use development in France. Located in Rennes, the project will include new buildings on the Blériot-Féval site to generate an inclusive neighborhood within the Eurorennes development. As the master plan's geographic centerpiece, the new Féval Tower will offer 188 new apartments to the city.

 Féval Tower. Image Courtesy of JDS Architects Féval Tower. Image Courtesy of JDS Architects Féval Tower. Image Courtesy of JDS Architects Féval Tower. Image Courtesy of JDS Architects+ 14

MVRDV to Transform Historic Palais du Commerce in Rennes

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 © ENGRAMRiver. Image © ENGRAMShops. Image © ENGRAMConnection. Image © ENGRAM+ 15

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.

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

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

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

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

  • Architects: Ateliers 2/3/4/
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  8932
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Reynaers Aluminium, Alucobond, O2D ENVIRONNEMENT

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

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, ParisThe curved typology makes the rooftop and second-floor garden accessible and inviting for all residents. Image ©  l'Autre Image, ParisAt night, the tops of the buildings light up and provide a silhouette of the confluence. Image ©  l'Autre Image, ParisMasterplan. Image Courtesy of MVRDV+ 29

Tetrarc Architects Unveils Design Proposal for the Rennes Conservatory

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

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

The House Between / Clément Bacle Architecte

© Martin Argyroglo
© Martin Argyroglo

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

Rennes, France

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

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

Archipel Habitat Head Office / Bruno Gaudin Architectes

© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

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