Danish firm BIG has won an international design competition for a new green-roofed city, currently in the works for the suburbs of Paris. ‘EuropaCity‘ is a massive sustainable project topped off with a huge park that will combine the urban density of Paris with the bucolic setting of the suburbs. Intimate streets, connections to the metro, trains and adjacent highways as well as a connection to farmland will differentiate this master-planned city. It will combine all the convenient amenities of living in a city (like shops, offices, culture and activities) with the healthy qualities of living in the country. Continue Reading →
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Team BIG+FREAKS freearchitects, dUCKS scéno, Khephren Ingénierie, VPEAS, ALTO Ingénierie, Vincent Hedont, PBNL, Mryk & Moriceau, Ph.A wins the competition to design a new 12 000 m2 cultural center on the riverfront of Bordeaux, merging three cultural institutions into one single building.
The new Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine, MÉCA, located on the historical riverfront of Bordeaux will house three regional visual and performing arts agencies FRAC, the ECLA and the OARA in one single institution. The Regional Council of Bordeaux selected the winning team among proposals from SANAA, the Toulouse-based firm W-Architectures and Bordeaux-based FLINT. Continue Reading →
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Paris is rife with peripheral urban areas that contain a mix of styles, typologies, time periods and varying levels of decay, which add a rather tough parameter when approaching a new design. situated at the foot of a 13-storey overbearing building, the nursery and housing project processes its heterogeneous site and translates the various elements into the stark white resultant structure. Designed by French practice ecdm, the project contains two levels and collects as much sunshine as possible to illuminate the interior spaces that are inhabited by children and adults alike.
The most striking element is the seen before even entering the building, a precast concrete facade that protects the interior from the rough urban life. Like organically undulating points on a regular steel grid, the outer skin creates a completely unique look for the area, distorting and playing with light and shadow. The northern facade is dotted with windows oriented in different angles so as to accommodate the viewing pleasure of the children as well. Continue Reading →
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The 12,000 m2 cultural complex includes 6,000 m2 of exhibition space all contained under the roof. Three rectangular, cantilevered boxes house parts of the Pompidou Center’s permanent collection in a climate controlled environment. Continue Reading →
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After working under names such as Renzo Piano and Dominique Perrault for almost a decade, French architect, Cyril-Emmanuel Issanchou, recently opened her own practice. For her ‘Maison Ecorce’, translated to mean the Bark House, Issanchou challenged the preconceptions of traditional timber constructed residences to design a contemporary house with strong emphasis on design. Continue Reading →
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OFF Architecture, along with Duncan Lewis Scape Architecture and Jeans Giacinto, has completed the design for the reconstruction of ‘Lycee Jean Moulin’ in Revin, France.
The new college is perfectly integrated into the existing site conditions, creating a dynamic educational facility. Continue Reading →
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In 2005, Paris-based architects Emmanuel COMBAREL and Dominique MARREC (ECDM) transformated this small apartment with a clear strategy: Decompartmentalise the place so as to fit out an open plan and elude the demand of an extra room by conceiving in the center of the volume a suspended white cube which generates comic and disconcerting use situations. Continue Reading →
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The work of two young French landscape designers, Sylvain Morin and Aurélien Zoia (Atelier Altern), has been selected for Imaginez Maintenant, a summer national event where young landscapers experiment and share their ideas. The designers have been chosen to work on two French heritage sites, one in Toulouse and the other in Amiens.
Called ‘Débordement’ (“overflowing”), this is the atelier’s design for Toulouse. Continue Reading →
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