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Rennes: The Latest Architecture and News

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: 8350.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

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 © 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

© 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

  • Architects: Hérault Arnod Architectes
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 7389.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

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

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

Rennes, France
  • Architects: Ateliers 2/3/4/
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 8932.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

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, 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 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

  • Architects: PERIPHERIQUES Architectes
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 2730.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014

The House Between / Clément Bacle Architect

© Martin Argyroglo
© Martin Argyroglo
Rennes, France
  • Architects: Clément Bacle Architect
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014

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

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

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

Rennes, France
  • Architects: Pich-Aguilera Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 9685.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2011

Archipel Habitat Head Office / Bruno Gaudin Architectes

© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau
  • Architects: Bruno Gaudin Architectes
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 8535.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013

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

FRAC Bretagne Museum / Studio Odile Decq

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

Rennes, France
  • Architects: Studio Odile Decq
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 5000.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2012

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

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Douro, 3260 Figueiró dos Vinhos, Portugal
  • 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

    Nuno Gaspar

'Eurorennes Ilot Féval' Winning Proposal / 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

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

Rennes, France
  • Architects: Philippe Gazeau Architect
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 6400.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2011

Rennes Metro Station / Atelier Zündel & Cristea

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

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.