Baby Blues

Blue is the colour of so many of my favourite things… The ocean, the eyes of someone particularly special, blue sky days when I’m behind the camera and the light hits everything just right.  But now we have another thing to add to the list of blues we love, and ladies and gents that’s the

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Tour Montparnasse set to receive “green makeover” by Nouvelle AOM

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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Populous and Egis unveil masterplan for Paris 2024 Olympic Games

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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Eight career-defining projects by French architect Manuelle Gautrand

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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AUM builds curving concrete and glass residence on the surface of a lake

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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OMA builds city-inspired engineering school for Ecole Centrale Paris

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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Paris’ most eye-catching buildings take centre stage in Sebastian Weiss’ latest photo series

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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Sunday Sanctuary: Contemporary Cool

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 […]

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Neon constructs a colourful cathedral in France that moves with the wind

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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Laisné Roussel creates white mesh tower featuring two plant-covered slides

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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Staying Creative & Inspired Through Travel

I’ve escaped the city this week, to spend time with friends in Montmelard. The simpler way of life has helped me to feel more inspired.
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SelgasCano creates undulating pavilion from sheets of corrugated plastic in Cognac courtyard

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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Studio Weave installs stilted hikers’ shelter beside a Bordeaux river

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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Stanton Williams completes renovation of Beaux-Arts museum in Nantes with stone and marble extension

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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Kengo Kuma reveals plant-covered Eco-Luxury Hotel for Paris

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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Colourful Paris basketball court updated with new hues

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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Studio Razavi reinterprets traditional chalet architecture with Mountain House in the Alps

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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Ellena Mehl Architects disguises Provençal extension with grass roof and terraced landscape

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 sinks sail-covered art gallery into Aix-en-Provence vineyard

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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IM Pei’s Grande Louvre receives AIA 25-year award

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

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Sculptural extension to French farmhouse protects interiors from harsh summer sun

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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Antonin Ziegler covers abandoned barn in zinc plates to create rustic home in northern France

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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New photographs reveal Snøhetta’s Lascaux IV Caves Museum in southern France

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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Studio Libeskind to build twisted garden tower in Toulouse

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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Huge circular skylight punctures terrace canopy in south of France house

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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Larch-covered prefab house designed by Karawitz to bring city feel to Paris suburbs

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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RCR Arquitectes forms Soulages Museum from linked weathering-steel boxes

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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Rudy Ricciotti sinks Rivesaltes Memorial Museum in furrow at former French military camp

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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Paris announces seven skyscrapers to boost post-Brexit business

“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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Scooped rooflights and sinuous forms define Strasbourg tennis clubhouse by Paul Le Quernec

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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Dominique Coulon & Associés gives library undulating walls like an “unfurling ribbon”

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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Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers share Centre Pompidou photographs on 40th anniversary

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 complete cross-shaped library in Normandy

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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Saint-Ange Residency By Studio Odile Decq

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.
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White irregularly stacked boxes form social housing in France by Poggi + More

White caged balconies project from the sides of this social housing block by French collective Poggi + More, making it look like a series of irregularly stacked boxes. Bordeaux-based More Architecture and Poggi Architecture teamed up to design the 1,886-square-metre scheme named White Clouds, which provides 30 apartments for the town of Saintes in western France. Working together as Poggi +

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NP2F Architectes squeezes football and tennis courts onto narrow Paris site

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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Care And Retirement Home By Dominique Coulon & Associés

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.
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Snøhetta unveils visitor centre for world-famous Lascaux cave paintings

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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Slender wood-clad footbridge by DVVD arcs over Paris’ Boulevard Périphérique

A+Awards: another of this year’s winners at the Architizer A+Awards is a wood-sided bridge that connects Paris with the suburb of Aubervilliers. Designed by French architecture studio DVVD, the bridge gently curves over the busy dual carriageways at a point north of the city centre. “We designed it as a thin recognisable line overflying the

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Diagonal beams create irregular windows for sports hall by Schemaa

A+Awards: angular polycarbonate windows create tessellating shapes across the facade of this gymnasium in France’s Champagné region, a winner at this year’s Architizer A+Awards. French architecture studio Schemaa designed the Nathalie Mauclair Multisports Hall as an extension to the Jean Rondeau gymnasium, creating larger facilities for local schools and sports clubs. The architects wanted to match the height of the

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Sliding shutters cover Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes’ Parisian apartments

White metal louvres covering the facade of this apartment block in Paris can be drawn across windows and balconies to screen against the sun and street.  French studio Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes gave the building a height, scale and colouring that is intended to harmonise with the existing architecture on Rue Castagnary, in the city’s 15th arrondissement. The scale of

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Edouard François creates plant-covered housing block to disperse seeds across Paris

Plants grow up the exterior of this green apartment tower in Paris, France, which was designed by local firm Maison Edouard François to spread seeds across the city. Maison Edouard François designed the M6B2 Tower of Biodiversity to show that high-rise structures can be used to create environmentally friendly cities with plenty of plant and animal life. Benefitting from an exemption to the

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BIG wins Paris Metro competition with looping station design

Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group has revealed its plans for a loop-shaped station on a new stretch of the Paris Metro.  BIG designed the Pont de Bondy station with French studio Silvio d’Ascia Architecture. The station will form part of the Grand Paris Express, a new set of lines that will extend the city’s existing metro system by 200 kilometres. One section of the

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Boxy balconies and spiral staircase feature at Parisian apartment block by Karawitz

Parisian studio Karawitz has completed a housing block overlooking the Ourcq canal, which features balconies framed by light-grey boxes and an external corkscrew staircase. Karawitz designed the 23 Housing Unit, complete with a restaurant and brewery, for a triangular site at the intersection between the Marne quay and the bridge that crosses the Ourcq canal. It has two levels of access: one from

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Pezo von Ellrichshausen uses octagonal drums to build skinny tower

There is only enough room for one person inside this tall skinny pavilion that Chilean studio Pezo von Ellrichshausen has built in the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris. Architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen stacked up 10 octagonal drums to build the wooden tower – hence the name, Deci Pavilion. In keeping, the seven-metre-tall structure

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Copper scales cover fire station in French Alps by Studio Gardoni Architectures

Panels of shimmering copper form the scaly skin of this fire station in Chamonix, which is designed by Studio Gardoni Architectures to reflect the massive Alpine peaks that rise behind it. The Chamonix fire station is located in the valley of the Massif of Mont Blanc – a mountain range in the Alps bordering France, Italy and Switzerland. Lyon studio Studio Gardoni Architectures wanted

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White latticework covers Parisian apartment block by Odile Guzy Architectes

Angular balconies extending from the front of this apartment block in Paris are framed by white concrete screens featuring a perforated pattern that resembles brickwork. Local firm Odile Guzy Architectes designed the complex of 28 dwellings for a plot in the French capital’s 13th arrondissement. The long and narrow site is located in a densely

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Stepped shelving creates extra storage in Bookshelf House by Andrea Mosca

Stepped bookshelves help to divide and characterise this house just outside of Paris, renovated by Italian architect Andrea Mosca. Mosca designed the interior for a family of five, who were enamoured with the room-length bookshelf at a friend’s house, where they were staying during the remodelling. He made the element a feature of the home, which he

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05 AM Arquitectura updates 19th-century house in France with marble accents

Marble details offset the traditional features of this 19th-century house near Paris, which has been renovated by Spanish studio 05 AM Arquitectura. The Girona-based architects were asked to refurbish Maison à Colombages for a couple and their two young children. The aim was to add a contemporary aesthetic to the traditional layout and original features of the house located in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés. All of

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Brown ceramic shingles cover Nomade Architectes’ village-inspired nursery near Paris

Earth-coloured ceramic tiles cover the roofs and walls of this nursery located on the outskirts of Paris, which is designed by French studio Nomade Architectes to look like a cluster of buildings (+ slideshow). The ceramic tiles overlap like shingles to cover the individual gabled buildings that make up Maison de la Petite Enfance. The nursery is located 35 kilometres More

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Graffiti-covered Les Magasins Généraux warehouse in Paris transformed into BETC offices

Advertising agency BETC has taken a huge derelict flour and grain warehouse on the banks of the Canal de l’Ourcq in Paris and transformed it into offices boasting a large roof garden and plant-filled courtyards (+ slideshow). The 20,000-square-metre Les Magasins Généraux building in Pantin had become a favourite site of local graffiti artists before BETC bought it and More

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A Residence With Two Faces

Villa La Madone is an architectural project jointly realized by the Italian firms A2CM and Ceschia e Mentil Architetti Associati in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France. The building was finished in 2013.
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Steel and glass extension added to traditional stone house in Paris by Atelier Lame

Atelier Lame has added a steel-framed extension to an old stone house in a Parisian suburb, as part of a renovation that creates ample storage for an avid CD and record collector (+ slideshow). Paris-based Atelier Lame was asked to transform the property in Hauts-de-Seine into a spacious family home. The aim was to preserve as many of the house’s original architectural features as More

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A Night In A 12th Century French Chateau

Airbnb came up trumps for us with this one, a 12th century French chateau in the Loire region. Leaving the South of France and heading back towards London was hard but staying somewhere so beautiful certainly eased the pain. Gilles and Sylvie the chateau’s owners were very warm and welcoming, greeting us with a glass […]

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Island Life on the Île de Porquerolles

Not many people I’ve spoken to have heard of the Île de Porquerolles, it’s a one of three islands off the south coast of France, known as the Îles d’Hyères. Whilst planning our little post-wedding South of France road trip I met up with Lou Dungate. I mentioned to her my plan to visit the […]

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Beautiful Besse-Sur-Issole

Besse-sur-Issole is a tiny village inland and west of the more chi-chi parts of the Côte d’Azur, the nearest town is Brignoles. We stayed in a lovely chambres d’hôte with two wonderful hosts, one of which had once played piano for Nina Simone. (Yes, we were lucky enough to hear him play one afternoon during […]

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Lunch With Bond at The Colombe d’Or

Hidden behind a large stone wall in the pretty little town of Saint-Paul de Vence is an iconic restaurant and hotel, the Colombe d’Or. As you walk in through its giant gated archway you are met by a giant thumb, the work of French sculptor César. Hung on its walls are paintings and illustrations by […]

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Pre-Wedding Chillout

Before the wedding I spent a few day relaxing with good friends in this beautiful spot just outside Grasse. It was an opportunity to read a book, swim and unwind before the big day. I knew I still had a few things to do when I arrived at the chateau so I found it quite […]

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Gabled penthouses sit atop apartment blocks at Bordeaux housing scheme

House-shaped structures sit atop towers and are arranged around landscaped gardens at this residential development in Bordeaux by local firm Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Verons Associates (+ slideshow). The scheme contains 93 residences in the Berges du Lac-Ginko development area, which is part of a wider urban regeneration project underway in the north of the French city. Marjan Hessamfar More

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Cité Radieuse combines elements from many of Le Corbusier’s previous designs

World Heritage Corb: Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation in Marseille is one of French-Swiss architect’s most recognised buildings, and is the last in our series exploring the 17 of his projects added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List (+ slideshow). The apartment complex in the French city – also known as Cité Radieuse – is the first More

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Postcards From The Camargue

We started our “mini-moon” in The Camargue, an area of France defined by its salt plains and marsh lands; and famous for its white horses, flamingoes and bulls (sorry, I didn’t manage to capture a shot of any of these animals, just a friendly donkey). The Camargue is very different to anywhere else I’ve been […]

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Le Corbusier’s Claude et Duval Factory demonstrates his Modulor proportion system

World Heritage Corb: French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier’s humble hosiery factory in France was one of the first buildings designed with proportions based on his innovative Modulor system, and has recently been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List (+ slideshow). Located in the town of Saint-Dié, France, near the German border, the factory has been listed More

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Le Corbusier’s Immeuble Molitor provides residents with “sky, trees, steel and concrete”

World Heritage Corb: a 1930s apartment building in Paris designed by French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier, intended to afford residents a contemporary lifestyle, is among his projects recently added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List (+ slideshow). The Immeuble Molitor apartment building he designed near the Porte Molitor, in Paris’ 16th arrondissement, was an attempt to prove Le More

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Le Corbusier’s Maison La Roche-Jeanneret was designed for his brother and a close friend

World Heritage Corb: next in our series on the 17 Le Corbusier buildings that have been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List is Maison La Roche-Jeanneret in Paris – designed to provide a home for the architect’s brother and a separate residence and gallery for a friend with a collection of cubist art (+ slideshow). Completed in 1925, the More

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Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye encapsulates the Modernist style

World Heritage Corb: one of the most important buildings by architect Le Corbusier from the 17 that have been to UNESCO’s World Heritage List is Villa Savoye, the top-heavy weekend retreat created as a Modernist version of the French country house (+ slideshow). Completed in 1931, Villa Savoye is one of the most important houses of the 20th century. A key building in the development More

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Le Corbusier’s colourful Cité Frugès workers’ housing now hosts fashionable apartments

World Heritage Corb: the long-neglected housing complex designed by French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier for workers of a sugar factory outside Bordeaux, recently added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, has found a new life as desirable apartments. The colourful Cité Frugès housing complex was completed in 1924 and is among 17 Le Corbusier projects that received UNESCO listing earlier More

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Le Corbusier’s Chapelle Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp features a monumental concrete roof

World Heritage Corb: next up in our series on the 17 buildings by Le Corbusier that have been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List is the architect’s Notre Dame du Haut, the small chapel in Ronchamp, France, that has become one of his most iconic designs. Completed in 1954, the Ronchamp chapel was built for More

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Maison de la Culture by Le Corbusier features an asymmetrically curved concrete roof

World Heritage Corb: next up in our series on the 17 Le Corbusier buildings that have just been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list is the Maison de la Culture, a cultural centre in Firminy, France (+ slideshow). Maison de la Culture is part of a larger complex of buildings by the Swiss-born French architect, called Firminy More

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Le Corbusier’s Cabanon seaside cabin is his smallest building on the World Heritage List

World Heritage Corb: we’re revisiting some of Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier’s most important projects, to mark the addition of 17 of his buildings to UNESCO’s World Heritage list. First up is his seaside holiday cabin, Cabanon, on the Côte d’Azur in France – a tiny building tied to some of the most important moments in the architect’s life. Le More

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Bark cladding and clashing colours create “joyful chaos” in school by Dominique Coulon & Associés

Hot pink and orange paintwork accentuate niches in the wooden facade of this school designed by French office Dominique Coulon & Associés for the Parisian suburb of Colombes (+ slideshow). The Groupe Scolaire Simone Veil building hosts a 12-classroom primary school and a nine-room nursery, alongside a shared canteen, library and bright orange sports hall. The building straddles the maintenance More

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