Today we like: French houses

Today is Bastille Day, a French national holiday that celebrates the country’s reinvention as a republic. It commemorates the storming of the Bastille in Paris on 14 July 1789 – a symbolic moment for the French Revolution. We’re joining the celebrations with a look back at some of the best French houses from our archive, More

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Philippe Starck and Luc Arsène-Henry build steel wine cellar for Château les Carmes Haut-Brion

French designer Philippe Starck has teamed up with architect pal Luc Arsène-Henry to create a cellar for a Bordeaux wine estate, designed to to look like a “raw metal blade plunged in the terroir” (+ slideshow). Starck and LA/HAT Architectes co-founder Arsène-Henry were approached by Château les Carmes Haut-Brion to create the new cellar for its Bordeaux estate, which is More

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Our Wedding Venue, Château de Massillan

I’m really sorry if you’ve been visiting my blog and thought to yourself, ‘nothing new here’. Sorry to disappoint you but I’m currently in France preparing for our wedding. I might be a bit MIA for a few weeks but if I get the chance I will update you when I can. In the meantime, I […]

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Bordeaux wine museum by XTU Architects features bulging gold-striped body

This huge bulbous building by XTU Architects creates a wine museum on the Bordeaux riverfront (+ slideshow). Open since the end of May, La Cité du Vin is a major new tourist attraction for the French city, boasting cavernous exhibition halls and a 55-metre-high viewing tower. Its bulging body is designed by Paris-based XTU to evoke “perpetual movement”, referencing the action of wine More

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SCAU adds undulating ring-shaped roof to Marseille football stadium

French firm SCAU designed the undulating fibreglass roof of Marseille’s football stadium, which is set to host the UEFA Euro 2016 semi-final between France and Germany this Thursday (+ slideshow). SCAU was asked to refurbish the existing Stade Vélodrome in preparation for the European football championship, extending its stand capacity from 60,000 to 67,000 and developing a new roof to shelter spectators. The roof More

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A ‘Flying Box’ Built From Shipping Containers

Faced with the challenge of a small budget and plot of land, 2A Design decided to use shipping containers to create a prefabricated home entitled ‘Flying Box Villa’.
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Shakespearean-style wooden theatre by Studio Andrew Todd opens in France

Towering bamboo poles encase this cylindrical wooden theatre in France, which opened in a fanfare last week, despite suffering vandalism just a few days before (+ slideshow). Designed Paris-based British office Studio Andrew Todd, the Elizabethan theatre is located in the grounds of the historical castle Chateau d’Hardelot near Calais, northern France. Described by the architects as an “incarnation of More

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Timber and glass dormitory building nestles among trees in a Paris park

Paris firm Belus & Hénocq Architectes has added a timber-clad educational centre and student dormitory to a boarding school, which sits in a landscaped park in the Saint-Denis area of Paris (+ slideshow). The Maison d’Education de la Légion d’Honneur of Saint-Denis was founded by the French emperor Napoléon Bonaparte and inaugurated in 1811. It is More

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Architect blames far-right parties for attack on Shakespearean theatre in France

A Globe-inspired theatre in northern France has been vandalised a week before its opening, an act the architect believes was “politically motivated desecration” by members of the far right. Vandals spray painted phrases like “Irresponsible Politicians – Shame”, “How much?” and “Debt” onto the exterior of the round, wooden theatre, designed by Paris-based Studio Andrew Todd. It is More

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Sound-amplifying stadium by Populous provides Lyon venue for Euro 2016

The firm behind the London Olympic stadium has built a new home for French football team Olympique Lyonnais, featuring an enormous fabric roof that amplifies the noise of the fans (+ slideshow). The Parc Olympique Lyonnais – nicknamed Stade des Lumières – was completed by Populous’ London office in time for France’s hosting of the 2016 European Championships, for More

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Converted shipping containers combine to form angular Flying Box house

Architect Josué Gillet used shipping containers to construct this prefabricated house in France, which features an asymmetric facade and a rooftop terrace (+ slideshow). The Flying Box house was devised by Gillet’s studio 2A Design for a small plot in the French village of Orgères, near Rennes. Both its design and construction method were a response to the confines More

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LAN Architecture completes French town hall with a perforated metal skin

Perforated steel mesh wraps this town hall in northwest France by LAN Architecture, creating a skin that changes from opaque to transparent when illuminated at night (+ slideshow). Paris-based LAN Architecture – whose previous projects include a gymnasium with a copper-hued facade and a renovation of a Brutalist tower – designed the municipal administration and training building for the town of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande. The majority of More

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MAD unveils Parisian housing block with curvy floors and balconies

Beijing studio MAD has revealed plans for a Parisian housing block surrounded by undulating balconies, which is set to become the firm’s first residential project in Europe (+ slideshow). Called UNIC, the 50-metre-tall block will feature floorplates with undulating edges and glazed walls to give residents views of the Paris skyline. MAD won an international design competition for the More

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Colonnades line the terraces of Antonini Darmon’s Arches Boulogne apartments

French firm Antonini Darmon has completed a social housing block near Paris, featuring a white concrete facade surrounded on all sides by rows of arch-fronted balconies (+ slideshow). Antonini Darmon designed the €4.2 million building for a former industrial site in Boulogne-Billancourt, a suburb to the west of the city. It accommodates 33 apartments. Named Arches Boulogne after its distinctive facade, the apartment block forms part More

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Manuelle Gautrand divides exhibition centre into 13 orange-hued blocks

Thirteen gabled blocks come together to form this orange-toned events building in Saint-Louis, a French town on the outskirts of Basel (+ slideshow). Designed by Paris-based Manuelle Gautrand Architecture, the Forum of Saint-Louis provides a venue for sports, exhibitions and cultural events in the town, which sits right on the French-German-Swiss border. To break down the size of the More

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Scott Benedict captures the raw concrete of the Cité Rateau housing estate in Paris

Photo essay: American photographer Scott Benedict has travelled to the outskirts of Paris to photograph a little-known concrete housing estate, designed by French architects Jean Renaudie and Rénée Gailhoustet (+ slideshow). The result of a study carried out by the architects in the 1960s, Cité Rateau features both the bare concrete and radical forms of Brutalist architecture, as well as the More

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Christophe Rousselle’s Inoxia apartments feature jagged wraparound balconies

Angular balconies edged with bands of reflective steel surround this apartment building in the French city of Nantes, providing occupants on each level with unobstructed views of the sky (+ slideshow). The Inoxia project was designed by Paris firm Christophe Rousselle Architects as part of the regeneration of an area around the main station in Nantes. In More

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France’s Department of Defence headquarters features an origami-like metal roof

Architecture firm ANMA has completed a new Paris headquarters for France’s Department of Defence, featuring a faceted roofscape that extends to the ground around the entrance (+ slideshow). The Hexagone Balard building is located on a large plot next to the main ring road in Paris’s 15th arrondissement. It was designed by Agence Nicolas Michelin & Associés – also More

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An Oasis Of Serenity In Southern France

By creating the ‘Villa Tranquille’ or the ‘Quiet House’ in the Hérauld Valley in southern France, local architects artelabo built an oasis of serenity.
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Asymmetric French house designed by GENS as a collage of “banal components”

One half of this house in northeast France has a tiled roof and rendered walls, while the other is clad in corrugated plastic and has a chamfered corner (+ slideshow). French studio GENS: Association Libérale d’Architecture created the residence as a first home for a family with design ambitions that exceeded their budget. The site is located on a partially More

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Jean Paul Viguier selected ahead of Sou Fujimoto for timber-framed tower complex in Bordeaux

French architect Jean Paul Viguier has won a competition to design a new housing and office complex in Bordeaux, proposing a trio of timber-framed towers that will be among the tallest of their kind in the world. Called Hyperion, Jean Paul Viguier’s design was selected ahead of leading firms – including a Sou Fujimoto and Laisné Roussel team – for More

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Amanda Levete selected to remodel Paris’ Galeries Lafayette department store

Amanda Levete’s studio AL_A has been selected ahead of OMA and Farshid Moussavi Architecture to carry out a “visionary metamorphosis” of the century-old Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris. London-based AL_A will completely overhaul the historic 40,000 square-metre Cupola building on Boulevard Haussmann, which has been one of the city’s most famous shops since the early 20th century. The More

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Moussafir Architectes builds Cubist-influenced house in Paris

Geometric furniture complements the Cubist stylings of this Paris house by Moussafir Architectes, which also features a weathering steel facade and a large pivoting door (+ slideshow). Jacques Moussafir’s studio – whose previous projects include a house featuring patterned-cutout shutters – designed the two-storey property for a family with two children, on the city’s Avenue du Faubourg Saint Antoine. The house More

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A Timber Home In The Forest By Marchi Architects

French studio Marchi Architects created the ‘Black House’, a timber home in the midst of a forest in the Normandy region.
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GENS “hides” a contemporary house inside a traditional but top-heavy Alsatian building

Larch and corrugated metal both clad the triangular gables of this house by GENS: Association Libérale d’Architecture, which was designed to mimic neighbouring properties in France’s Alsace region (+ slideshow). The 114-square-metre house provides a retirement home for a couple and is set within an orchard in a picturesque but conservative village. The French architects came up against strict regulations that stipulated More

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Cement shingles create scaly facade for French barn conversion by GENS

Fibre-cement shingles cover this gabled barn in northeast France, which GENS: Association Libérale d’Architecture has converted into five apartments (+ slideshow). The badly deteriorating barn, which adjoined the town hall in Velle-sur-Moselle, was bought by the local council after the death of its owner. The French architecture studio was asked to adapt the existing building to create three ensuite bedrooms with shared facilities More

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In The Alps

I love being in the mountains, I grew up skiing from a young age (I was first put on skis at three) and have always found the fresh air, sun (when it’s out), and all-day exercise makes me feel so good. Being in such beautiful surroundings also helps. I’ve been going to Val-d’Isère in France […]

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Alastair Philip Wiper finds “noble failure” at Breuer’s Brutalist French ski resort of Flaine

Photo essay: why do so many people hate the Brutalist architecture of Flaine? To find out, photographer Alastair Philip Wiper travelled to the Marcel Breuer-designed ski resort in the French Alps often referred to as “phlegm”. Flaine was commissioned in the 1960s by a couple fascinated with Modern architecture. They invited the Hungarian architect to create More

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Atelier MIMA completes timber-clad holiday home overlooking a river in rural France

This timber holiday home by Nantes studio Atelier MIMA is designed to follow the gentle slope of a wooded valley that leads towards the Vilaine river in north-west France (+ slideshow). Studio co-founders Sébastien Magrez and Antoine Michaud designed the residence on a quiet, wooded plot as a get-away for two couples who wanted to escape their city lives at weekends. More

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Les Halles to reopen as glass-roofed cultural centre and shopping complex

A long-awaited cultural centre designed by architects Patrick Berger and Jacques Anziutti is nearing completion on the site of Les Halles – a historic Parisian marketplace demolished in the 1970s. The centre is scheduled to open in April, eight years after the City of Paris launched a competition for a complete reconstruction of the existing More

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Odile Decq completes renovation of Antti Lovag 1970s bubble house

French architect Odile Decq has completed a five-year renovation project to restore and revive the Maison Bernard, a “bubble house” in the South of France designed by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag (+ slideshow). The bright red home in Théoule sur Mer was designed by Lovag for his patron, industrialist Pierre Bernard, who provided the resources More

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MVRDV to transform La Part Diu shopping centre in Lyon

Rotterdam firm MVRDV has unveiled its plans to overhaul La Part Diu retail complex in Lyon, which feature an “evaporating” facade and a rooftop park. MVRDV’s transformation of the shopping centre is considered the centre piece in a major renovation taking place across the third arrondissement of the French city. The firm’s proposal includes a More

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Cultural Centre of Bastia contrasts a dark concrete base with a golden crown

The glazed public areas of this cultural centre on the French island of Corsica are sandwiched between a solid concrete base and an upper storey clad in perforated golden metal (+ slideshow). Designed by Paris studio DDA in collaboration with local firm Atelier Architecture, the Cultural Centre of Bastia is located to the south of the Mediterranean More

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Epilepsy care home by Atelier Martel features stippled concrete walls

Soft indents create hundreds of spots across the concrete walls of this health centre in northeast France, designed by Atelier Martel to offer support and treatment to epilepsy sufferers (+ slideshow). Paris-based architecture office Atelier Martel worked with American artist Mayanna von Ledebur on the Dommartin-lès-Toul care home, which contains long- and short-term accommodation facilities for up to 88 More

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Mabire-Reich’s Landscape House features metal walls and a sloping roof terrace

Corrugated aluminium clads this extension to a house in Nantes, France, by local studio Mabire-Reich, which also boasts a decked terrace covering its entire roof (+ slideshow). The extension was designed by Marie-Hélène Reich and Antoine Mabire as an addition to their own home, which had become too small for their growing family. The original 1930s house is More

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Narrow MaHouse by The Very Many features a staircase with a built-in slide

This narrow house in Strasbourg, France, by New York-studio The Very Many features a translucent glass wall and an indoor slide for the younger residents (+ slideshow). Called the MaHouse, the 340-square-metre narrow residence comprises three stacked, slightly rotated irregular volumes. The different sizes and arrangements of the volumes were developed in response to the narrow site and More

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A Curved Museum Dedicated To The Ocean

New York-based studio Steven Holl Architects and Solange Fabião designed a museum in Biarritz, France dedicated to oceanic issues.
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Herzog & de Meuron creates subterranean gallery for Musée Unterlinden in Colmar

Herzog & de Meuron has completed an extension to the Musée Unterlinden in Colmar, France, creating a new underground gallery accessed via a monumental cast-concrete staircase (+ slideshow). The Swiss firm has added nearly 2,000 square metres of floor space to the museum, which occupies a cluster of historical buildings including a 13th century convent and an early-20th-century More

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“Crowd built” housing block by Périphériques envisioned as a cluster of small buildings

Twenty-three designs have been selected as part of a plan to reinvigorate Paris – but one of the few that didn’t make the cut is this proposal by Périphériques for a “crowd-built” megastructure resembling a pile of smaller blocks (+ slideshow). Périphériques architects Emmanuelle Marin and David Trottin developed a proposal aimed at making the city affordable again for residents More

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BIG to design Galeries Lafayette flagship on Paris’ Champs-Élysées

French department store chain Galeries Lafayette has selected Danish architect Bjarke Ingels to design its new flagship shop on the Champs-Élysées. Ingels’ firm will renovate and transform an existing Art Deco building on the Parisian boulevard into a 9,000 square metre department store scheduled to open in 2018. Galeries Lafayette said it wanted to turn the former More

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MVRDV to transform 600 hectares of historic city in Normandy

Rotterdam firm MVRDV has revealed plans to overhaul 600 hectares of the French city where William the Conqueror built his castle, creating housing, offices and numerous leisure attractions (+ slideshow). MVRDV is already two years into its La Grande Mosaïque project, which aims to remodel a huge chunk of Caen, the capital of northern France’s Lower Normandy region. The firm plans to tackle More

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David Chipperfield and Sou Fujimoto unveil visions for “Paris of tomorrow”

Sou Fujimoto, David Chipperfield and Manuelle Gautrand are among the winning architects in a competition seeking innovative design proposals for 23 sites across the French capital (+ slideshow). Spearheaded by Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, the Reinventer Paris competition called for architects and developers to team up and develop plans for numerous key sites around the city, from old More

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Square windows puncture Alireza Razavi’s monolithic House for a Photographer in Brittany

Windows are dotted across the facades of this photographer’s house in Brittany, France, allowing sunlight to illuminate different parts of the interior through the day (+ slideshow). The house was designed by architect Alireza Razavi’s Paris office as a summer house and studio for the photographer client. It is situated on a small plot close to the seaside resort of Loctudy and More

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ECDM adds curving glass and steel apartment block to a Paris street

French firm ECDM has added a nine-storey tower with an undulating glass form to a row of housing blocks in Paris’ 7th arrondissement (+ slideshow). Paris-based ECDM was tasked with creating both apartments for sale and social housing for a site on Avenue de Saxe. The plot already had a garden – a feature that More

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Fabre/deMarien’s Tirepois apartments feature metal cladding and recessed windows

Galvanised metal cladding gives this housing development in Bordeaux a factory-like aesthetic that references its setting in a once industrial neighbourhood (+ slideshow). The Tirepois project occupies two plots adjacent to the Rue Achard – a main thoroughfare through the Bacalan neighbourhood. Designed by local studio Fabre/deMarien, the buildings are situated on either side of More

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Auer Weber completes aquatic centre with a sloping roof in the French Alps

Set between two plateaus, this Alpine aquatic centre by German firm Auer Weber features wide crescent-shaped windows overlooking the piste of popular ski resort Courchevel (+ slideshow). Auer Weber has anchored Aquamotion Courchevel to a plateau between Courchevel 1650 and Courchevel 1850 in France, facing a valley on one side and an Alpine forest on the other. The roof angles up from the More

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Faceted red metal creates sculptural facade for music centre by Périphériques

Triangular facets of perforated red metal frame the entrance to this cultural centre, completed by Paris studio Périphériques for a town in north-west France (+ slideshow). The partially see-through panels give an angular form to Espace Culturel de La Hague, a new 2,500-square-metre centre for music, dance and theatre in Beaumont-Hague, located on the Cotentin Peninsula. According to Périphériques More

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Mikou Studio completes Paris swimming pool designed using Feng Shui philosophy

Rounded windows and skylights allow daylight to filter into this Parisian swimming pool by Mikou Studio, which features a grassy rooftop solarium (+ slideshow). Studio co-founders Salwa and Selma Mikou designed the €14.5 million Aquazena pool for the Issy-les-Moulineaux suburb in the south-west of the capital. The local architects worked with Feng Shui specialist Laurence Dujardin on the project, using the Chinese space-planning philosophy More

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Parisian dance school by Lankry Architectes features faceted metal walls

Folded tiles of perforated metal envelop this dance school in Paris by Lankry Architectes, creating a pattern of triangular facets (+ slideshow). Dance School Aurélie Dupont fits into the narrow slot between a supermarket and a four-storey apartment building in Joinville-le-Pont, a suburb in the southeast of the city. West Paris-based Lankry Architectes set the dance More

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Passivhaus community centre by Guillaume Ramillien Architecture is clad in grass and timber

Grass blankets the roof of this low-energy community centre by Guillaume Ramillien Architecture, which is set in the centre of a new development to the south-east of Paris (+ slideshow). The Centre Socio Culturel Christian Marin serves a community of 700 houses currently under construction around a park in the Limeil-Brévannes suburb. The Parisian architecture practice chose to More

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Laurent Kronental’s Souvenir d’un Futur photos show Paris’ forgotten housing estates

Photo essay: French photographer Laurent Kronental has spent four years capturing the “grands ensembles” housing projects in Paris, juxtaposing the monumental buildings with their elderly occupants (+ slideshow). With his Souvenir d’un Futur series, Kronental has photographed residents of the estates among the concrete structures and vast open spaces of the crumbling futuristic complexes built during More

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Maison Spirale wraps around a central courtyard to offer residents privacy and light

This house near the French town of Caen spirals around an internal courtyard to provide privacy for the owners in an area surrounded by new homes (+ slideshow). Maison Spirale was designed by Paris-based architects Nathanael Dorent and Mark Havasi for a retired couple who wanted a modern home with a patio. It is in a More

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Vertiginous pool proposed by Tommaso Bernabò Silorata between two matching skyscrapers

A swimming pool with a glass bottom spans the void between two Parisian tower blocks in this proposal by architect Tommaso Bernabò Silorata, which aims to give swimmers a “vertiginous diving experience”. Named Skyframe, the project won first place in an ideas competition run by organiser Super Sky Scrapers, called Sky Pool Paris. Bernabò Silorata’s design features a More

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Encore Heureux uses recycled materials to build Circular Pavilion in Paris

Architecture studio Encore Heureux has built a pavilion outside Paris’ city hall featuring a facade made out of reclaimed doors and insulation recycled from an old supermarket roof (+ slideshow). Installed last month to coincide with the United Nations Climate Change Conference, held in the city between 30 November to 11 December 2015, the 70-square-metre More

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Splattered paintwork inspired by Jackson Pollock covers concrete music school in France

Paint was thrown at the walls of this concrete music, drama and dance school in eastern France by Dominique Coulon & Associés, creating a veined pattern based on the paintings of abstract artist Jackson Pollock (+ slideshow). The Strasbourg firm headed up by architect Dominique Coulon designed the Henri Dutilleux Conservatoire of Music, Dance and Dramatic Arts for a plot on the More

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New photos offer a closer look around Jean Nouvel’s Philharmonie de Paris

These new images by photographer Danica O Kus provide a tour around the exterior of Philharmonie de Paris, the concert hall designed and disowned by French architect Jean Nouvel (+ slideshow). The £280 million building, located in the city’s Parc de La Villette, features a multi-tonal facade of interlocking bird-shaped tiles that extend across both wall and ground surfaces. More

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Pale travertine walls frame Cour et Jardin cultural centre by Atelier Fernandez & Serres

French studio Atelier Fernandez & Serres has completed a cultural centre outside Nantes featuring pale stone walls and sloping roof planes that echo the forms of neighbouring houses (+ slideshow). Named Cour et Jardin, the building is located in Vertou, a suburb to the south of the city. It contains a theatre, recording studios and numerous practice rooms […]

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Julien De Smedt’s angular concrete youth centre in Lille features a colourful striped wall

Brightly coloured stripes cover one face of this bulky concrete community complex in Lille, which was designed by architect Julien De Smedt to host facilities for the “three ages of mankind” (+ slideshow). Euralille Youth Center sits on a triangular site in the city’s Porte de Valenciennes district. Its three corners accommodate a 70-cradle nursery, 200-bed youth hostel and community offices, while a triangular courtyard is located […]

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French villa designed by Julien De Smedt to look like a bump in the landscape

Grass ramps over the curving form of this house in the French countryside, which was designed by architect Julien De Smedt as a contemporary alternative to the region’s “pastiche chalets” (+ slideshow). De Smedt’s firm JDS Architects created Casa Jura as a retreat for a Parisian family in Bois D’amont, a village in France’s Jura region. Named after the region’s rolling […]

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JUNG Architectures adds zinc-clad extension to former leper hospital

Paris-based JUNG Architectures has converted an former French leper colony into a gallery, adding an zinc-clad extension that can be used for wine tasting (+ slideshow). Located in the Burgundy region of France, the Léproserie de Meursault was originally constructed in the 12th century by Duke Hugh II to quarantine people suffering from leprosy. Since then it has […]

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Berger & Berger uses white concrete and marble to create muted interiors for Collection Lambert

Architecture studio Berger & Berger has added three new structures to a pair of 18th-century French mansions, creating a larger exhibition space for the collection of gallerist Yvon Lambert (+ slideshow). Yvon Lambert first started amassing his contemporary art collection in the 1960s, and it includes works by artists including Cy Twombly and Donald Judd. He originally had a gallery in Paris, […]

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BVAU designs translucent bioclimatic skin for French social-security agency HQ

Paris firm BVAU has built an extension to the headquarters of a French social security agency, featuring a glass facade that opens and closes automatically in response to the climate (+ slideshow). The building extends the existing headquarters of Caisse des Français de l’Etranger, which provides social security for French citizens abroad, and it is located in a suburb to the south of Paris. […]

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Curvaceous concrete crematorium by Plan 01 offers “dignified and serene setting” for mourners

Overlapping cylinders make up this crematorium in northern France, designed by a collective of Parisian architects with walls of ribbed concrete and golden-framed glass (+ slideshow). Paris-based collective Plan 01 used repeating circular motifs to create the non-denominational funeral space in the city of Amiens – in a similar fashion to another crematorium completed by the group in Rennes. Crematorium Amiens sits in a valley surrounded by […]

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Foster + Partners’ Roman history museum begins construction in south of France

Roman artefacts will be housed in this museum and archaeology centre by Foster + Partners, which is now under construction in France and due to open early next year (+ slideshow). Norman Foster’s firm won a competition to design the Musée de la Romanité Narbonne (MuRéNA) in 2012, and the building is now expected to open in March 2016. […]

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Du Besset-Lyon transforms former sanatorium into Clermont-Ferrand School of Architecture

Paris studio Du Besset-Lyon has converted and extended a 1930s sanatorium to create a new school of architecture in the French city of Clermont-Ferrand (+ slideshow). Located on the border between a residential neighbourhood and a large area of parkland, the building was originally a medical facility for treating long-term illnesses. Treatments focused on exposing patients to plenty […]

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Marchi Architectes completes a community centre in the heart of an old French village

Paris studio Marchi Architectes has extended a small museum in the French village of Biévres and added a community centre with a series of pitched roofs (+ slideshow). The project, overseen by the municipality of Biévres, is called Elderly Hall. It was completed by architects Adélaïde and Nicola Marchi, whose previous buildings include a home […]

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Curving concrete staircase protrudes from warehouse-like circus school in France

French studios Caractère Spécial and Parisian studio NP2F Architectes have expanded the home of a circus arts centre in France’s Champagne region and added a curving outdoor staircase (+ slideshow). The Centre National des Arts du Cirque (CNAC) has been located on a 19th-century circus site in Châlons-en-Champagne, north-east France, since 1985. Marseille firm Caractère Spécial and Parisian studio NP2F Architectes won a […]

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Bouroullec brothers install matching steel Kiosque units for Paris art fair

French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have unveiled a pair of identical glass and steel containers for the International Contemporary Art Fair in Paris (+ slideshow). On display side by side in the Jardin des Tuileries, the twin Kiosque units were commissioned by Paris property developer Emerige and are built from powder-coated steel. Both structures feature a single end wall constructed from […]

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Kengo Kuma installs climbable wooden pavilion in Paris park

Visitors can clamber to the top of this pavilion by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma in Paris’ Jardin des Tuileries, which is made up of a complex lattice of identical timber beams. Designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates for Galerie Phillipe Gravier, the structure is based on small nomadic shelters, and has been assembled using techniques […]

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Jakob + MacFarlane adds sinuous green skin and curved chasms to Euronews headquarters

Built in Lyon’s docklands, Jakob + MacFarlane’s new headquarters for international news channel Euronews features an acid-green facade punctured by two huge egg-shaped holes (+ slideshow). Paris-based Jakob + MacFarlane collaborated with French artist Fabrice Hyber on the waterside building. Hyber was responsible for the building’s green aluminium skin, which features a sinuous pattern of openings that allow light and […]

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