Situated just a half-hour drive from Marrakech outside a small town called Tagadert is ‘Villa K’, a five-bedroom retreat designed by French firm Studio KO that sits softly on the land.
Situated just a half-hour drive from Marrakech outside a small town called Tagadert is ‘Villa K’, a five-bedroom retreat designed by French firm Studio KO that sits softly on the land.
Balenciaga’s flagship boutique on the upscale Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris, France, has been given a sharp, industrial redesign by Berlin-based architects Gonzalez Haase AAS.
French architecture studio Atelier Ordinaire has completed a prefabricated house in the Bourgogne region featuring an interior lined with knotted timber boards to complement the surrounding nature. The Strasbourg-based studio founded by architect Thomas Walter in 2014 has completed a series of energy-efficient prefabricated houses that are constructed almost entirely from timber. The property in
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Brochet Lajus Pueyo has completed a swimming pool in Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France, with a roof informed by waves and the movements of manta rays. Bordeaux-based studio Brochet Lajus Pueyo won a public competition to design the aquatic centre for the local municipality in the Vendée region of western France. Positioned on the outskirts of
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A combination of traditional stone walls and surfaces wrapped in pine battens help the Groupe Scolaire à Strega school in Corsica blend in with the surrounding wooded landscape. Amelia Tavella Architectes designed the school for a site in the Corsican village of Santa-Maria-Siché. Located on the edge of the village in the island’s Corse-du-Sud region, the
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Four teams including architects Amanda Levete, Carlo Ratti and Junya Ishigami are vying to improve facilities at the Eiffel Tower, in time for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The teams including architects, landscape designers and urban planners have been selected to draw up ideas that would improve facilities for the six million tourists that
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Here’s a look at eight of the buildings that will make up the BIG-masterplanned EuropaCity district, set to be built on the outskirts of Paris. UNStudio, Atelier COS and Hérault Arnod Architectes are among the European firms that have been selected to design buildings for the sprawling new leisure district, which is planned for an 80-hectare site near Charles de
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White concrete towers are reflected in a series of pools in Steven Holl’s competition winning design for the Le Musée des Collectionneurs in Angers, France. The New York-based architecture firm is designing the museum and a hotel in the centre of the town in western France for property developers Compagine de Phalsbourg. The museum is composed of imposing masses
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Dominique Coulon & Associés has completed a sports centre for a school in Strasbourg, featuring a pair of double-height halls that project upwards from a concrete-and-glass base. Dominique Coulon’s practice designed the building for a school created for the children of the international civil servants who work at the nearby European Parliament and European Court of
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Philippe Starck has revealed plans to build a 14-storey hotel in the French city of Metz, with an 18th-century-style house on the roof. The French designer was commissioned to design the “habitable, surreal and poetic work of art” by the Hilton Group, to operate under the Curio Collection brand. In an arrangement that Starck describes as phantasmagoric, a traditional regional home will
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Skidmore Owings and Merrill has proposed a 180-metre skyscraper in Paris that is designed to be zero-energy, and accessible via a garden bridge leading from the River Seine. The international architecture firm is part of the team that launched a masterplan for the Charenton-Bercy project at property event MIPIM in Cannes this week. Led by urban
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Our latest Dezeen x MINI Living video features a proposal by Malka Architecture to improve the energy efficiency of a Parisian apartment building, by attaching boxy, parasitic extensions to its exterior. Titled Plug-in City 75, the proposal would see parasitic cubes mounted onto the facade of a building in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, extending the floor plates
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Famed Portuguese architect, Álvaro Siza Vieira, has designed a modernist church whose poetic, sculptural form folds gently into the surrounding neighborhood in Rennes.
Around the majestic gnarled trunk of a centenarian oak tree is ‘ORIGIN tree house’ — a wooden cabin designed by French architecture firm Atelier LAVIT in the forest of Chateau de Raray.
UNStudio has won a competition to design a new cinema and cultural centre with weathering steel walls and green roofs as part of BIG’s EruopaCity masterplan on the outskirts of Paris. The three intertwined volumes of weathering steel comprising the Centre Culturel Dédié Au 7è Art will house a cinema and “cultural laboratory” featuring both indoor and outdoor screens. EuropaCity
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Dutch firm OMA has revealed its design for a six-sided courthouse in Lille, France, which will features sheer facades of coloured glass. Commissioned by the Ministry of Justice, the Palais de Justice will play host to Lille’s high and district courts. It will be situated west of the city centre, a short distance from a historic fortress.
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Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira has completed a church in the Brittany region of France, featuring a sculptural composition of intersecting concrete forms. The church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande is the first to be built in Brittany in the 21st century, and was designed by Siza’s Porto-based office to complement its setting in a residential neighbourhood south
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The French operator of the Channel Tunnel has given the Boris bridge proposal a boast, by writing a letter to the UK prime minster in support of a second permanent connection between England and France. In a letter seen by the Telegraph, the chief executive of Eurotunnel Jacques Gounon, said that he was “very interested” in the
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Stacked white, concrete volumes conceal the vibrant red, pink and orange interior of this theatre in the former mining town of Freyming-Merlebach by Dominique Coulon & Associés. The French architects designed the Théodore Gouvy theatre as part of a drive to regenerate the town in north east France, which has seen high levels of unemployment since the area’s
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Paris-based Atelier Lavit built this treehouse around the trunk of a century-old oak in Raray, France, basing its design of criss-crossing timbers on a bird’s nest. The Origin treehouse forms part of the Cabanes des Grands Chênes, a collection of elevated guest cabins set in the grounds of the Château de Raray hotel. Atelier Lavit, which is led
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A tower with undulating, tree-covered canopies by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto forms part of this competition-winning €275 masterplan for a new neighbourhood in Nice, France. French firm Lambert Lénack led a team that includes architects Sou Fujimoto, Cino Zucchi, Chartier Dalix, Laisné Roussel, Anouk Matecki and Roland Carta, and landscape architect Alain Faragou, to win the competition to design the
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Foreign secretary Boris Johnson has proposed building a massive bridge across the English Channel, which would see a second link created between Britain and France. The idea for the 22-mile-long Channel Bridge was reportedly put forward during an Anglo-French summit that took place on 18 January 2018. During the meeting, which was called to discuss
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Italian architecture office 2A+P/A has bought an Ettore Sottsass painting to life to create a black barrel-roofed pavilion for an architecture festival in Orléans, France. The Rome-based architects took the axonometric watercolour painting of an arched building with irregular windows made by Sottsass and used it as a basis for their structure. Sottsass, the renowned Italian
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The minimalist holiday home, S House, was recently complete by Belgian architects Nicolas Schuybroek of NS Architects In Cap d’Antibes, Côte d’Azur, France. The modern architecture juxtaposes the natural surroundings with the strong use of concrete. In…
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has started building a new concrete-framed art storage facility in Lievin, France, for the Louvre museum, which will be covered by a large green roof. The centre designed by the British architectural firm will be equipped to store 250,000 art works as well as conservation and study areas. Set entirely on one level, the Louvre collections facility
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Post Office Architectes has added a timber-lined barrel vaulted roof extension to an apartment in Paris, giving its owner an unobstructed view of the Eiffel Tower. The apartment building is located at the intersection of four Paris districts and was originally built in the 19th century as a two-storey department store. A third floor was added in
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Foster + Partners has unveiled plans to add a glazed terminal building to Marseille Provence Airport, which will link the 1990s extension designed by Richard Rogers with the original 1960s building. London-based Foster + Partners beat Rogers’ firm, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, to win the contract for the extension. Set to be completed in two phases, the works
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Work has completed on Tribunal de Paris – a tiered skyscraper, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano to become the largest law complex in Europe. Comprising a series of stacked glass volumes, the building will bring together the various activities of the French capital’s judiciary system, which had previously been scattered about the city. It is not set to open
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This detention centre for minors in Marseilles offers an alternative to oppressive prison architecture through its muted material palette of natural stone and board-marked concrete. Nice-based architecture office Combas was responsible for designing the facility in the Chutes Lavie neighbourhood of Marseille’s 13th arrondissement. The studio was selected for the project following a competition organised
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Architecture studio LT2A has added a brick extension to a school near Lille, featuring an entrance sheltered by an anodised-aluminium canopy, and circular windows that provide glimpses of courtyard gardens. Located southwest of the city in the suburb of Loos, the old school is set among large blocks of social housing that were erected in the 1970s. The
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Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban has completed a music complex near Paris, featuring an egg-shaped auditorium and a wall of solar panels that move to follow the path of the sun. The Japanese architect’s Paris-based office won an international competition held in 2013 to design La Seine Musicale – a musical facility comprising a large
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French studio Nouvelle AOM has been selected to overhaul the Tour Montparnasse skyscraper, in time for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Nouvelle AOM is a team made up of the heads of three Paris-based firms: Franklin Azzi of Franklin Azzi Architecture, Fréderic Chartier and Pascale Dalix from Chartier Dalix, and Mathurin Hardel and Cyrille Le Bihan of Hardel + Le Bihan Architectes. The consortium
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A beach volleyball court will be installed at the foot of the Eiffel Tower as part of the masterplan developed for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games by architects Populous and engineers Egis. Populous and Egis’ proposal will see 38 Olympic and Paralympic venues dispersed across the city, rather than corralled into a campus setting such as in previous
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With the news that Manuelle Gautrand has become the first female laureate of the European Prize for Architecture, here’s a look at eight key projects by the French architect, including an exhibition centre divided into 13 orange-hued blocks and a housing complex with “happy” moon-shaped windows. Born in Marseille in 1961, Gautrand gained her architecture education in Montpellier at The École Nationale Supérieure
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Deputy mayor of Paris Jean-Louis Missika will join architects Edouard François, Chartier Dalix and Hamonic+Masson & Associés to discuss the future development of the French capital in our latest Dezeen x MINI Living talk at Maison&Objet on Friday. Following the relaxation of its 42-year skyscraper ban – put in place after negative reaction to Tour
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Full-height glazed walls are sandwiched between the meandering concrete floor slab and roof of this house built on a French lake, which can only be reached using a retractable bridge. Architect Pierre Minassian and his Lyon-based architecture studio AUM convinced their clients to build White Snake House on the lake rather than in the middle
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Rem Koolhaas’ firm looked at urban-design patterns when drawing up plans for this laboratory building at an engineering school on the outskirts of Paris. Called Lab City, the building was designed by OMA to provide a new facility for Ecole Centrale Paris, a French university that specialises in science and engineering. But the design team – led by
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The silvery skin of Jean Nouvel’s Philharmonie de Paris concert hall and the cauliflower-like balconies of the Choux de Créteil tower blocks by Gérard Grandval are among the details captured by photographer Sebastian Weiss on his last trip to Paris. The photos are the second instalment from Weiss’ ongoing Dramatis Personae series, which has previously seen the architectural photographer document landmark buildings in Portugal, Denmark and
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With beautiful and raw sandblasted oak, an abundance of lust-worthy art and contemporary furnishings, this apartment is ticking all of the right boxes. So, it comes as no surprise to learn the space is home to Parisian interior architect, Pierre Yovanovitch. Renowned for his contemporary interior spaces, Yovanovitch is particularly good at shaping spaces – no matter how […]
British studio Neon has created a vibrant tent-like installation covered in wind-reactive inflatable pockets in the mountains of France. Titled Wind Cathedral, the site-specific artwork was created by Mark Nixon’s architecture and design practice for Horizons, an annual open-air exhibition in Massif du Sancy focusing on large installations. Located on a hill in the countryside of a small
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Dezeen promotion: Parisian architecture studio Laisné Roussel took cues from greenhouses to design this white metal tower filled with plants for the first architecture biennale in Lyon, France. Laisné Roussel’s Flower Pavilion was installed in front of the La Sucrière contemporary art building, marking the entrance to the inaugural Biennale d’Architecture of Lyon, which took place in the French
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Spanish architecture studio SelgasCano has unveiled its first commission in France – a vast pavilion of translucent waves that fills the courtyard of the Fondation d’entreprise Martell in Cognac. Spread across 1,340 square metres in the venue’s extensive courtyard, the pavilion is made up of 31 rows of undulating steel structures covered with a sheer translucent polyester and fibreglass
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Hikers can stay overnight for free at this elevated shelter on the outskirts of Bordeaux, designed by London-based Studio Weave to reference the form and materiality of traditional water towers. Studio Weave was commissioned to design the shelter by arts and architecture collective Bruit du Frigo, which has established a series of shelters around the
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London firm Stanton Williams has renovated and extended the Musée d’arts de Nantes, adding a series of extensions including a monolithic structure wrapped in stone and translucent marble to the Beaux-Arts building. Stanton Williams was awarded the project to oversee the modernisation of the museum in 2009, with a proposal that involved introducing several contemporary interventions alongside
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Plants will spill out between the overlapping wooden blocks that make up the facade of this hotel, which Kengo Kuma & Associates has unveiled for a site on the left bank of Paris’ river Seine. Kengo Kuma’s wanted the design of the Eco-Luxury Hotel to bring an abundance of greenery to the development in the Paris Rive Gauche neighbourhood. In addition to the heavy
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Ill-Studio and Pigalle have returned to a basketball court they previously overhauled with bold patterns, replacing primary colours with gradients of blue, pink, purple and orange. The Pigalle Duperré is sandwiched into a row of buildings in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. With support from sports brand Nike, creative directors Ill-Studio and fashion label Pigalle
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By pairing raw concrete with warm timber, French office Studio Razavi hoped to give a contemporary feel to this Alpine chalet home, while also complying with strict local architecture guidelines. Mountain House is a single-family home situated in the village of Manigod in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France, a popular ski destination. The region has very strict controls
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To subtlety extend a traditional Provençal farmhouse on the French Riviera, Ellena Mehl Architects has nestled a connecting building with stone and glass facades into a stepped hillside. The extension adjoins a 40-year-old farmhouse that is located in a historic hamlet in southern France, which has a distinct architectural typology. Despite its contemporary appearance, the
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Renzo Piano Building Workshop has completed the Château La Coste Art Gallery, a sunken exhibition space topped by sails, which is set among the grape vines of a winery in Aix-en-Provence, France. Renzo Piano’s firm used chunky concrete walls to frame the 285-square-metre building, which is submerged six metres into a valley so that its roof is level with
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The American Institute of Architects has honoured IM Pei’s renovation of the Musée du Louvre in Paris with an award during the organisation’s national convention, the same week that the Chinese-American architect is celebrating his 100th birthday. The project, which includes the steel and glass pyramids in the central courtyard of the former palace, received
Paris studio Dixneufcentquatrevingtsix has created this faceted concrete extension with just a small collection of openings scattered across its facades for a traditional farmhouse in France’s Provence region. Dixneufcentquatrevingtsix was tasked with extending a house in the commune of Uzès that had previously been used by a couple as their second home. The brief to create
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Zinc plates protect the ageing wooden structure of this barn in the French village Notre-Dame-de-Bliquetuit, which was been transformed into a house with its own spa by Antonin Ziegler. Parisian architect Ziegler and his studio chose zinc as a replacement for the weatherbeaten cladding of The Barn house, which stands on the edge of the wheat field
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These photographs capture the jagged roofline of the museum that Snøhetta has designed at the Lascaux Caves in France, to frame a huge replica of some of the world’s most famous prehistoric cave paintings. Snøhetta worked with local firm Duncan Lewis and exhibition designers Casson Mann to create the tourist attraction, which opened at the end of 2016. Finishing touches have now been completed
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American architect Daniel Libeskind’s firm has been selected to create a 150-metre-high tower covered in trees and plants in the heart of Toulouse’s business district. Studio Libeskind designed the Occitanie Tower for property developer Compagnie de Phalsbourg, which unveiled the project at the MIPIM real-estate event in Cannes earlier this month. The so-called garden tower is expected to
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A huge, round opening is carved above the outdoor dining area of this house in southern France by Pascual Architect, which also features large glass doors that swing open to the garden. The local studio designed the 180-square-metre family house in the city of Nîmes to make the most of the region’s sun and a garden featuring a swimming pool. On the southern side
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Lofty interiors and a folded black steel staircase feature behind the larch-clad walls of this gabled house, designed by Karawitz and situated outside Paris. The architects created the 145-square-metre Marly House, which is clad entirely in grey larch wood, for a family in Marly-le-Roi, in the western suburbs of Paris. Aiming to bring a “feeling of urbanity” to the small
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A+Awards: this year’s Pritzker Prize-winning studio RCR Arquitectes is behind this steel-clad museum in France, which also earned the Catalan firm an Architizer A+Award. The Soulages Museum in Rodez was completed in 2014 by RCR Arquitectes – the surprise winner of the 2017 Pritzker Prize, architecture’s equivalent of the Nobel – in collaboration with architect
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This museum on the site of a former French military and internment camp near Perpignan comprises a 240-metre-long concrete block with large openings puncturing its gently inclined roof. The Rivesaltes Memorial Museum was designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti and completed in 2015. It is among the five finalists for the 2017 Mies van der Rohe Award 2017. The
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“Tired of the Fog? Try the frogs!” goes the marketing campaign attempting to lure post-Brexit business to Paris’ La Défense district, where seven new skyscrapers are being built in anticipation of an influx of British workers. The family of skyscrapers – designed by architects including Jean Nouvel and Norman Foster – was announced by French presidential candidate Emmanuel
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The flight path of a tennis ball informed the curving interior of this clubhouse in Strasbourg, which features dome-like skylights, a serpentine bar and brightly coloured floors. Local architects Paul Le Quernec rebuilt the centre to include a series of swooping forms that reference the movement of a tennis ball. This resulted in a central pathway that curves around volumes with rounded walls. The Tennis Club includes
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French office Dominique Coulon & Associés has completed a media library in Thionville, France, featuring a wavy facade that lifts up to reveal ribbons of glazing facing into curving courtyards. The Media-Third-Place Library provides the Thionville commune in north-eastern France with a media library, as well as music studios, a broadcasting media room, an auditorium and a cafe. The building is
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Archive photography from the offices of Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers shows the dramatic inside-out form of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, which is celebrating its 40th birthday. One of the most famous examples of the high-tech style, the Centre Pompidou was assembled from a kit of huge prefabricated steel parts. Over 15,000 tonnes of steel were used in
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OMA and Barcode Architects have unveiled their completed Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville – a library with a dramatic X-shaped plan in Caen, France. The 12,500-square-metre multimedia library is set on the Presqu’île de Caen, a peninsula that extends out from the city in France’s Normandy region towards the English Channel. “The cross-shaped building marks this central location between
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Although the location of ‘Saint-Ange Residency‘ is undoubtedly beautiful, it was not an easy one – set under the trees, on the slope leading toward the golf course, the site was quite a challenge.
French studio NP2F Architectes has squeezed a football field, tennis court and running track onto a long strip of land in Paris’s Saint-Paul area. The practice had to work with a limited amount of land, as well as design facilities that wouldn’t detract from the appearance of the buildings on either side of the playing field. Different courts
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Dominique Coulon & associés architectes designed a large healthcare facility for dependent elderly people in the heart of the Normandy bocage near the village of Orbec.
A major new building by architecture firm Snøhetta has opened in the south of France, framing a huge replica of one of the world’s most important examples of prehistoric cave art. Called Lascaux IV, the new visitor complex recreates the appearance and atmosphere of the caves in Montignac where the 20,000-year-old Lascaux paintings are located, but which have been
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