Colboc Franzen’s Parisian social housing matches the proportions of its 1930s neighbours

The stepped rooftops and industrial details of these Parisian council blocks by Colboc Franzen & Associés are designed to integrate the scheme with the neighbouring buildings (+ slideshow). Colboc Franzen & Associés built the 52-residency scheme on an old industrial site in Nanterre, within The Hoche ecodistrict in the suburbs of Paris. Related story: Student […]

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Philippe Starck’s new home is the prototype for a new prefab housing collection

Philippe Starck has unveiled a prototype for his latest series of prefabricated low-energy wooden homes – a glazed and aluminium-clad structure outside Paris that he and his wife Jasmine plan to move into (+ slideshow). The Montfort residence is the model for the French designer’s second series of made-to-order houses produced in partnership with Riko, one […]

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Marc Mimram designs “delicate pleated roof” for Montpellier’s new TGV station

News: French architect Marc Mimram has been selected to create a new train station in Montpellier – a building that will bridge over the railway line and feature an intricate pleated roof (+ slideshow). Marc Mimram’s Paris-based architecture and engineering firm will create the 3,500-square-metre station for TGV, France’s high-speed rail network, in the Odysséum district […]

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Miralles Tagliabue and Elizabeth de Portzamparc to design new Paris metro stations

News: architects have been selected for two of three new “iconic” train stations in Paris that will be built as part of the Grand Paris Express ring-route rail project. The Spanish architecture firm EMBT founded by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue will design the Clichy-Montfermeil station in collaboration with French architects and engineers Bordas + Peiro, […]

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Mantois Technology Centre by Badia Berger Architectes features moveable timber shutters

Moveable timber fins cover the top five storeys of this university technology centre by French architects Badia Berger to modulate light and shade inside. Mantois Technology Centre is a new learning and research centre for the science and technology departments at the Université Versailles de St Quentin en Yvelines, near Paris. It was designed by Badia […]

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ECDM Architectes extends Parisian apartments with wavy balconies

The curving balconies of this housing scheme by French studio ECDM Architectes create a rippling outline and provide each flat with outdoor space (+ slideshow). ECDM Architectes wanted to offer the maximum space for the economically-priced housing in the provision of wrap-around balconies. Each apartment in the scheme, named Housing, has access to a 30-metre-square […]

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