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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NAS Architecture installs wooden “vortex” over medieval city wall in France

This tunnel made up of wooden profiles was designed by NAS Architecture to arch over the fortifications surrounding a historic commune in the south of France (+ slideshow). Described by NAS Architecture as a vortex, the Haven installation was commissioned by the heritage organisation National Monuments Center of France. It wraps over the medieval ramparts surrounding Aigues-Mortes. The pavilion […]

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Marseille house by ACAU Architects features board-marked concrete and an angular window

A pair of terraces are hidden behind the board-marked concrete facade of this townhouse in Marseille, which was designed by ACAU Architects for a young family. French firm ACAU Architects was asked to create the 140-square-metre residence for a couple with two children on the outskirts of Marseille, France. Built on a budget of €220,000 (£164,000), Cap House is […]

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Piet Hein Eek converts former mill buildings into holiday rentals in rural France

Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek has spent 10 years renovating an old mill in France’s Dordogne region into a pair of holiday homes that visitors can rent (+ slideshow). Designed to be rented out by two families or to a large group, the cluster of stone buildings that comprise the former mill have been split […]

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Yoda Architecture pairs perforated brick with corrugated iron for a rural French home

Half brick, half corrugated iron, this house in the northern French countryside by Yoda Architecture aims to meld together the local urban and agricultural typologies (+ slideshow). Designed by Robin Lamarche and Julien Chabert – co-founders of local studio Yoda Architecture – Maison B provides a 100-square-metre home for a family in Herrin, a commune near Lille. The house […]

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Graal Architecture adds trio of corrugated metal cabins to a kindergarten in France

These three corrugated zinc and galvanised steel cabins by Graal Architecture provide a stilted reading room and sports hall for a nursery school in western Paris (+ slideshow). The Parisian studio added the structures to the Alliés de Chavannes nursery school in Mantes-la-Ville, a western suburb of Paris, to provide additional capacity. Two of the three structures are raised […]

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Urbane Kultur adds boomerang-shaped extension to domed Tournesol swimming pool

French architecture studio Urbane Kultur has refurbished and extended this dome-shaped swimming pool just outside Strasbourg, which is one of nearly 200 built around France in the 1970s (+ slideshow). The Tournesol swimming pool was built in 1975 in Lingolsheim, just outside Strasbourg, but suffered from poor insulation and a cramped layout, with changing rooms around […]

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Postmodern architecture: Vulcania Centre Européen du Volcanisme by Hans Hollein

Pomo summer: Hans Hollein conceived the Vulcania Centre Européen du Volcanisme amusement park – one of the latest examples of Postmodern architecture in our series – as a journey to the centre of the earth, citing Dante’s Inferno among his influences for the subterranean design (+ slideshow). The partially submerged geological park in France’s volcanic Auvergne region is […]

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PPA Architectures completes gallery space and residence overlooking a Toulouse golf course

This multifunctional building by French studio PPA Architectures, provides a residence, gallery, workshop and events space, and stands at the edge of a golf course on the outskirts of Toulouse, southern France (+ slideshow). Called Pavilion M, the U-shaped building wraps around a cobbled yard and swimming pool in the centre of its suburban plot in Toulouse. One windowless facade points […]

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Timber sunshade becomes a viewing deck for retreat near Saint-Tropez by Jak Studio

A timber sunshade folds in on itself to form a balcony for this nautical-inspired house overlooking the Mediterranean sea near Saint-Tropez, designed by London architecture office Jak Studio (+ slideshow). The property is located on a sloping hilltop site in the village of Les Issambres, 22 kilometres from Saint-Tropez. It was designed by Jak Studio to provide a holiday […]

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Werner Sobek’s Y1 House comprises two stacked blocks on top of a former sand mine

This house in France’s Massif Central region features a lower storey inserted into a disused sand mine and a glazed upper storey offering views of the surrounding volcanic landscape (photos by Zooey Braun + slideshow). Designed by Stuttgart firm Werner Sobek – whose past projects include a huge cantilevered altar – the Y1 house is a family residence that aims to merge […]

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Chestnuts House in France features a courtyard room and a private art gallery

French studio Marchi Architectes has completed an asymmetric gabled house featuring a room that functions as a courtyard and a generous corridor that doubles as an art gallery (+ slideshow). Located in Auvergne, a mountainous region in central France, Chestnuts House is a home for a pair of art collectors. Their brief was for a single-storey […]

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Walden Raft is a cabin offering seclusion in the middle of a French lake

This see-through floating hut designed by Elise Morin and Florent Albinet is modelled on the remote cabin built by American author Henry David Thoreau in the mid-19th century (+ slideshow). Morin and Albinet gave the Walden Raft walls and a pitched roof made up of sections of pine and acrylic glass, which are mounted on top of […]

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Concrete cultural centre completed by King Kong in picturesque French town

The concrete roof of this cultural centre in the French town of Chasseneuil-du-Poitou slopes down to create a cantilevered canopy across the courtyard at its entrance (+ slideshow). Bordeaux architecture office King Kong designed the La Quintaine facility to provide a versatile space for hosting festivities and cultural events in the town, which is popular with tourists due to […]

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MU Architecture and Archicop’s French school winds around trees with a wiggly roof

A wavy roof shelters paths and patios as it meanders through the woodland surrounding this timber-clad school in the French town of Briis-sous-Forges (+ slideshow). The school is situated in a forested area that previously contained a playground and housing for teaching staff. The building was designed by Paris firms MU Architecture and Archicop to […]

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LAN Architecture reclads Bordeaux tower blocks with translucent windows that slide back and forth

Paris firm LAN Architecture has renovated a group of Brutalist housing blocks in Bordeaux, France, adding sliding polycarbonate windows that create an ever-changing facade (+ slideshow). A new layer of polycarbonate cladding was added to improve the aesthetics and usability of the facade areas on three towers, and to transform the existing balconies on each storey […]

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Winy Maas: an “open heart” reveals the inner workings of MVRDV’s Pushed Slab office block

MVRDV’s Winy Maas explains how the hollow centre he created at the heart of a Paris office block allows passersby a privileged view into the movements of a financial services company, in the latest movie from our exclusive series (+ movie). Completed in 2014, the seven-storey Pushed Slab was the first building to open in a proposed eco-quarter […]

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Housing at old Bordeaux submarine base boasts climate-controlled atrium filled with gardens

An old submarine base in Bordeaux provided the site for this docklands housing complex by Agence Nicolas Michelin & Associés, where homes and gardens are arranged on either side of a glazed atrium (+ slideshow). The project is located in the French city’s Les Bassins à Flot district, which was designated as a UNESCO World […]

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Jules Ladoumègue Sports Centre features a facade of moving glass shutters

A layer of glass louvres wraps this Paris sports centre by Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes, forming a semi-transparent facade that controls the amount of light, heat and ventilation entering the building (+ slideshow). The Jules Ladoumègue Sports Centre provides new fitness facilities for the Parisian suburb of Pantin, which borders a ring road surrounding the city. Dietmar Feichtinger […]

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Rogers Stirk Harbour to design conservation facility for Musée du Louvre

A team headed up by British firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has been selected to design a new conservation and storage centre for the Musée du Louvre, housing 250,000 works of art. Located 200 kilometres north of Paris in Liévin, the 20,000-square-metre facility will be located a short distance away from the French art museum’s recently […]

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Beachfront facilities building by Link Architectes nestles against a hillside near Saint-Étienne

This beachside cafe and toilet block on the banks of the Loire River near Saint-Étienne, France, was designed by French studio Link Architectes to look like it emerges from a hillside (+ slideshow). The Saint-Victor-sur-Loire Leisure and Services Centre is located beside a popular beach outside the city, close to to an inland port on the Loire River. It provides […]

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Paris housing blocks by Tectône Architectes are encased by timber louvres

Narrow strips of pine stripe the facades of this housing development on the outskirts of Paris, making it look like a timber cage has been lowered over the upper floors of each building (+ slideshow).  Designed by Paris firm Tectône Architectes, the Rue Auvry Housing is located on a former industrial site in Aubervilliers, forming part of a larger regeneration of the suburb that lies […]

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Paris to get first skyscraper since the 70s as Herzog & de Meuron’s triangle tower approved

Paris is to get its first skyscraper for over 40 years after Herzog & de Meuron won planning permission for its 180-metre-high Tour Triangle. Plans for the controversial triangular tower were approved by city councillors last night, overturning the decision made by the same committee in November last year to reject the tower. Anne Hidalgo, the pro-development mayor […]

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FRAR transforms a dilapidated French house and barn into a holiday home

Walls made from a traditional combination of stone and hemp-based plaster contrast with concrete, steel and glass details at this renovated house in the French village of Douvaine (+ slideshow). The property is located close to the shores of Lac Léman on the French-Swiss border. It had fallen into a state of near ruin before being purchased […]

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Le Roc Canteen by D’Houndt+Bajart is designed as a cross between a treehouse and a cave

The sheltered entrance to this craggy school canteen building in France is fronted with a “forest” of slender white columns (+ slideshow). Located in Tourcoing, northern France, the stone-like structure was designed by local studio D’Houndt+Bajart to create dining facilities for a neighbouring school and kindergarten. Unlike the school buildings on either side, which are both built from red brick, […]

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Foster + Partners adds a new winery to the Château Margaux estate

Foster + Partners has added a glass-fronted winery framed by tree-shaped columns to the historic Château Margaux wine estate outside Bordeaux (+ slideshow). The Nouveau Chai is the first visible new building for over 200 years on the expansive estate, which is located in Bordeaux’s Médoc region – one of France’s important red-wine terroirs – and dates back to at least […]

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Parisian nursery by Samuel Delmas resembles a pile of irregularly stacked boxes

This Paris nursery by French architect Samuel Delmas looks like a pile of stacked boxes, featuring a facade of aluminium louvres and colourful enamelled glass (+ slideshow). Paris-based A+ Samuel Delmas was commissioned by the local council to design the kindergarten for the Paris suburb of Asnières sur Seine. It is named Stacked and Crossed Views, after the staggered arrangement of blocks that […]

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CUT Architectures adds a second concrete-framed extension to a French home

Paris studio CUT Architectures has returned to the house it extended in 2011 to create a glazed study featuring a yellow staircase that integrates a desk (+ slideshow). CUT Architectures founders Benjamin Clarens and Yann Martin added the 16-square-metre extension to one side a 1920s house in the Parisian suburb of Chaville. Following their previous extension to the property, which provided […]

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Herzog & de Meuron’s Bordeaux Stadium is framed by a forest of slender columns

Herzog & de Meuron has completed a monumental new stadium in Bordeaux framed by 900 slim white columns, one of the key venues for next year’s Euro football championship,  (+ slideshow). Officially inaugurated on Monday, the 42,000-seat Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux will host five matches during the UEFA Euro 2016 competition, and will become the home stadium of French team FC […]

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Paris’ tallest building in over 40 years is a housing block clad with gold and silver metal

These two metal-clad towers featuring stepped forms and angular balconies were designed to prove that, after years of skyscraper restrictions in Paris, height is no longer taboo (+ slideshow). The 50-metre-high housing scheme was completed by Paris-based architects Hamonic + Masson & Associés and Nice studio Comte Vollenweider Architectes, and claims to be the tallest structure completed […]

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Lakeside boathouse by Guinée*Potin Architectes features a green roof and wooden walls

This water sports centre with a green roof was designed by Guinée*Potin Architectes and is set into a grassy bank by a lake in western France (+ slideshow). The concrete and timber boathouse by Nantes-based Guinée*Potin Architectes is partially concealed by the sloping shoreline of Lake Vioreau in the French region of Joué-sur-Erdre. The leisure facility provides a […]

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Paris library by Agence Pascale Guédot angles around an old walnut tree

The chunky quartzite walls of this library on the outskirts of Paris are faceted to accommodate the span of a century-old walnut tree at the centre of the site (+ slideshow). Paris studio Agence Pascale Guédot designed the media library for a plot amidst the city hall, church and music conservatory in the heart of Bourg-la-Reine, a suburb of the […]

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Sou Fujimoto envisions trees and balconies for Université Paris-Saclay building

A team led by Japanese studio Sou Fujimoto Architects has unveiled images of its competition-winning proposal for a Paris university building filled with trees and plants. Working in partnership with French offices Manal Rachdi Oxo and Nicolas Laisné Associates, Sou Fujimoto Architects will create the Ecole Polytechnique at the Université Paris-Saclay campus, just outside the French […]

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Concrete Maison Le Cap house features mirrored glazing to reflect the seaside scenery

Four concrete boxes make up this holiday home by Paris architect Pascal Grasso, which nestles into a verdant hillside on the southern coast of France (+ slideshow). Maison Le Cap is embedded in a typical Mediterranean landscape of rocks, trees and small sandy coves on the Var coast, which Pascal Grasso Architectures used as the basis for the home’s layout and material […]

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Blackened timber reading room extends a coastal home in northern France

This blackened plywood box added by architect Antonin Ziegler to one end of a rural home on France’s northern coast provides a private library and garage for its inhabitants (+ slideshow). Parisian architect Antonin Ziegler added the 60-square-metre reading room to an old stone house in Senneville-sur-Fécamp, a region on the coast of the English […]

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Kengo Kuma wins bid to design station for new Paris Metro line

Japanese firm Kengo Kuma & Associates has won a competition to design the Gare Saint-Denis Pleyel, one of three key stations that will be built to serve a new stretch of the Paris Metro. The station by Kengo Kuma & Associates will be located in Saint-Denis, a suburb to the north of Paris, and is one of the main interchanges for an extension to the […]

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BASE adds a metal-clad playpark to a Bordeaux housing estate

Perforated metal panels create a semi-opaque surface around this elevated playground structure in Bordeaux, which contains slides, climbing nets and a trampoline (+ slideshow). The playground was developed by BASE as part of a project to improve living conditions for the residents of a 1960s housing estate called Génicart, which is situated in the Lormont district in […]

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Heams & Michel Architectes creates an after-school club around a courtyard in Cannes

Small square openings are scattered across the facade of this after-school clubhouse in Cannes, France, offering glimpses of the activities taking place within its courtyard playground (+ slideshow). Designed by French studio Heams & Michel Architectes, Childhouse House provides indoor and outdoor play spaces where children between the ages of six and 12 can take part in cultural and […]
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Jean Nouvel takes legal action to distance himself from “unfinished” Philharmonie de Paris

News: French architect Jean Nouvel has applied for a court order to disassociate himself from the Paris concert hall, which he says is “non-compliant” with his original design. Having boycotted the opening of the Philharmonie de Paris earlier this year, the Ateliers Jean Nouvel founder has now petitioned to have his name and image removed from all references […]
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MVRDV wins approval for Vandamme Nord shopping centre facelift in Paris

News: MVRDV has been granted planning approval to overhaul a 1970s shopping centre on Gaîté-Montparnasse in Paris, with a design intended to give the building a new identity. The Rotterdam-based studio plans to renovate and extend Vandamme Nord in the French capital’s 14th arrondissement, adding a facade of colourful stacked boxes, new entrances and planted roof terraces, all […]
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