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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SO-IL and FREAKS to redesign glass museum on French-German border

News: SO-IL and FREAKS freearchitects have together won a competition to redesign a glass museum, workshop and gallery on the site of an 18th-century glass factory in north-east France. For its first project in France, New York office SO-IL is collaborating with Parisian studio FREAKS freearchitects to reinvent the Site Verrier Meisenthal – a cultural centre occupying the buildings of a […]
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Ateliers O-S adds golden metal walls to cultural centre beside a French cemetery

Strips of golden aluminium cover this performing arts school and library designed by Ateliers O-S Architectes to stretch across a hillside in a Parisian suburb (+ slideshow). Ateliers O-S Architectes was commissioned to design the Cultural Center, Media Library and Music and Dance School for a narrow, graduated plot in Saint Germain lès Arpajon, a suburb just south of […]
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Yellow mesh box sits atop Ateliers O-S’s truck-driving school building in France

Pupils at this school near Paris take lessons on driving large trucks in a building topped with a perforated aluminium canopy, designed to evoke the look of a petrol station (+ slideshow). The classroom pavilion is one of two interventions by local firm Ateliers O-S Architectes as part of ongoing improvements to the Lycee Des Metiers […]
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Bright red mirrors clad Jean Nouvel’s addition to a French wine-making estate

Jean Nouvel’s studio has extended a winery in south-west France, but instead of matching the traditional stone and timber architecture, the new structure is clad with vivid red metal (+ slideshow). The building creates a new wine cellar for the Château La Dominique winery in the Saint-Émilion region – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes […]
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Wooden louvres and grassy rooftops added to Marly-le-Roi market hall

Wooden louvres and green rooftops make up the exterior of this market hall outside Paris by Ameller, Dubois & Associés, while inside is a dramatic ceiling that combines angles and curves (+ slideshow). Located in Marly-le-Roi, a community in the western suburbs of Paris, the project involved renovating the existing covered market – adapting the layout and bringing […]
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Lac du Der Casino by Data Architectes could be mistaken for a school or a museum

This timber-clad casino by a lake in eastern France is one of three that Data Architectes designed to offer an alternative to the “locked universe” typically favoured for this type of building (+ slideshow). Located to the south of Lac du Der, the new building is intended to encourage more tourism in the area. But the French architecture […]
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Snøhetta commissioned for Le Monde headquarters in Paris

News: architecture firm Snøhetta has been named winner in a competition to design the new Paris headquarters for French newspaper Le Monde. Oslo- and New York-based Snøhetta will work with local studio SRA on the design, which comprises a contorted building that arches up in the centre to frame a new public plaza. The exterior will be clad with what is […]
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Jean Nouvel boycotts opening of his Paris concert hall

News: French architect Jean Nouvel has issued a statement saying he will not attend the opening of his Philharmonie de Paris this evening, claiming it is “not finished” and defending his firm against allegations regarding cost overruns. French Prime Minister Francoise Hollande will open the Philharmonie de Paris tonight, three years after it was originally due […]
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Court revokes planning permission for SANAA’s La Samaritaine revival

News: an appeals court has blocked the SANAA-designed renovation of iconic former department store La Samaritaine in Paris, which includes a wavy glass facade that critics have compared to a shower curtain. The court ruling effectively revokes part of the planning permission for the £368 million redevelopment planned by Japanese architect duo SANAA, causing building work to halt for the second time […]
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CUT Architectures adds golden walls to 1960s community centre

French studio CUT Architectures has revamped a 1960s community centre in a Paris suburb, adding perforated golden cladding that references the original yellow-painted facades (+ slideshow). Located in Montreuil, to the east of the city centre, the CLEC Community Centre had remained popular with local residents but became severely dilapidated over time. Related story: Bruther slots curving […]
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Coop Himmelb(l)au’s Musée des Confluences opens on a river peninsula in Lyon

Austrian studio Coop Himmelb(l)au has completed a faceted steel and angular glass building to house a natural history museum in Lyon, France (+ slideshow). The Musée des Confluences, which opened to the public just before Christmas, was designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au to accommodate the museum’s collection of over 2.2 million objects, alongside exhibition galleries and lecture rooms. […]
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Cerise walls frame rooftop garden of housing block by Pietri Architectes

Pietri Architects has driven a deep pink ravine through the heart of this apartment complex in southern France, creating a protected rooftop garden for residents (+ slideshow). Named after the vivid pink-red paintwork that brackets its central garden, the Redline apartment block was designed by Parisian studio Pietri Architectes to create 59 flats of varying sizes, split across two towers. Related story: ECDM Architectes extends […]
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Architects arrange French skatepark around an irregular maroon bowl

An irregular quatrefoil-shaped bowl made of maroon concrete is submerged into one side of this skatepark in northern France designed by architecture studios Planda and Constructo (+ slideshow). The distinctive red bowl forms part of a larger concrete and asphalt skatepark that covers an area of 2,055 square metres, making it one of the biggest in […]
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Bruther slots curving community centre into crowded Paris neighbourhood

Designed to offer a “landmark” in an otherwise mundane part of Paris, this sport and culture centre by Bruther features a multi-layered facade that varies in transparency to suit the various activities it contains (+ slideshow). The centre was developed by local studio Bruther to provide a wide range of public services for the community of the heavily […]
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French village library by Studio 02 Architectes presents a gridded facade of wood and glass

A grid of white concrete frames the alternating glass and timber walls of this library in a French village by Studio 02 Architectes (+ slideshow). Studio 02 Architectes designed the 450-square-metre library, named Mediatheque de Monterblanc, for a corner plot in the Brittany village of Monterblanc. Related story: White concrete cultural centre by DRDH nestles up against a […]
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Mining museum by V2S contrasts a traditional stone wall with a metal box

An aluminium and glass box sits over a long stone wall to form the facade of this mining heritage centre in the French village of Banca, by Toulouse studio V2S (+ slideshow). The village in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques region in south-western France has a history of mining that V2S was asked to promote with its design for a visitor centre on the […]
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Metallic polygonal roof tops La Madeleine library by Tank Architectes

Triangular skylights set into a faceted stainless-steel roof direct daylight into the reading room of this library that Tank Architectes has completed in a converted police station in France (+ slideshow). French studio Tank Architectes was responsible for repurposing the 1930s building as part of the development of a new public space at the centre of La Madeleine, a town on […]
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MenoMenoPiu Architects proposes capsule hotel along the Seine

MenoMenoPiu Architects says its concept to reinvigorate the Seine with a string of capsule homes on stilts could help prevent Paris from becoming a “city museum” (+ slideshow). Paris-based MenoMenoPiu Architects proposes installing a temporary series of raised cabins along the edge of the city’s main river, which could be used as short-term accommodation for commuters or tourists. Related […]
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Concertina shutters shade the windows of Naud & Poux’s Paris retirement home

Hinged shutters fold up and down over the windows of this monochromatic care home near Paris by French studio Naud & Poux (+ slideshow). Naud & Poux designed the metal-clad sheltered housing blocks in Villejuif, a suburb to the south of Paris. Related story: Colboc Franzen’s Parisian social housing matches the proportions of its 1930s neighbours The 9,200-square-metre Antoine de St Exupéry […]
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Mont-de-Marsan education centre comprises wooden boxes hovering over a forest floor

This row of timber-clad boxes projecting from an artificial grassy slope in France contains the teaching facilities of an apprentice training centre by architects Marjan Hessamfar and Joe Vérons (+ slideshow). Located in a forest in the Aquitaine region, the Mont-de-Marsan education centre was designed by Marjan Hessamfar and Joe Vérons to accommodate 600 students training in disciplines including catering, beauty and floristry. Related story: […]
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Refurbished Paris swimming pool features blue bleachers and an outdoor sunbathing deck

A new wall of glazing allows daylight to reflect off the original blue-painted bleachers and onto the ceiling of this swimming pool in the Paris suburb of Bagneux, which has been renovated and extended by Dominique Coulon et Associés (+ slideshow). The aim of the refurbishment and expansion overseen by Strasbourg studio Dominique Coulon et Associés was to increase […]

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MVRDV’s Pushed Slab office block has a huge hole in its middle

The gaping hole in the centre of this office block in Paris was designed by MVRDV to preserve views of another local building (+ slideshow). The Rotterdam-based architecture firm named the building Pushed Slab, after the way its volume has been “pushed until it breaks, then twisted and pushed to the south” to maintain a […]

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Philippe Prost’s elliptical concrete memorial marks the centenary of World War I

This concrete oval, designed by Parisian architect Philippe Prost to be “the colour of war”, stretches out across the site of one of the world’s largest French military cemeteries to commemorate the centenary of the First World War (+ slideshow). Philippe Prost was asked to design the memorial for the military cemetery of Notre Dame de Lorette, which is […]

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Herzog & de Meuron’s triangular tower rejected by Paris councillors

News: Herzog & de Meuron’s proposal for the first new skyscraper in Paris for over 40 years has been rejected by councillors in a controversial decision that has been declared invalid by the city’s Socialist Party mayor. Backed by Unibail-Rodamco, Europe’s largest listed property developer, the Tour Triangle is proposed for the Porte de Versailles neighbourhood, in the […]

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MLZD and Sollberger Bögli win competition to design new Lausanne football stadium

News: Swiss firms MLZD and Sollberger Bögli have been named as the winners of a competition organised by the City of Lausanne to design a 12,000-seat football stadium. The Tuilière Lausanne Football Stadium will provide offices for the city’s sports department, a restaurant, meeting space and training facilities as well as the main sporting venue. […]

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Nantes house extension contrasts blackened wood facades with pale window frames

Pale wooden window frames contrast with the black-stained cedar facades of this extension to a detached house in Nantes by French studio Bertin Bichet Architectes (+ slideshow). The client asked Bertin Bichet Architectes to create a 30-square-metre addition to the French property that would improve the connection between the interior and the garden at the […]

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RH+ creates daycare centre with three-dimensional geometric facade

A crumpled white shell patterned with tiny perforations wraps around this cluster of small-scale buildings by French studio RH+ that form a children’s centre in Paris (+ slideshow). RH+ designed the nursery to occupy an undeveloped piece of sloping land on Gustave Geffroy Street, in the south of the French capital. Related story: Nursery extension […]

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Atelier 100architecture slots contemporary house into French medieval city centre

This small house in the French city of Tours by local architecture office Atelier 100architecture features a material palette of zinc panels, plaster and wooden boards that references its historical neighbours. The house on Rue Losserand was designed by Mathieu Julien of Atelier 100architecture for a couple who wanted to create a rental property in […]

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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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