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Red steel distinguishes tiny chess pavilion within French parkland

April 6, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A bright red pavilion in a park

Mariana de Delás and Gartnerfuglen Arkitekter have collaborated on the construction of En Passant, a small red pavilion in France that invites passersby to stop and play chess. En Passant has a tall, slender structure distinguished by its oversized hip roof, which is designed to stand out within the green landscape of Parc des Îles

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Dominique Coulon & Associés adds curved glass extension to library in a renovated French manor

March 28, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
Piero Bottero Media Library

Dominique Coulon & Associés has converted a manor house in the French town of Pélissanne into a library with a glass-fronted extension that looks onto a leafy public park. Located in the heart of the formerly fortified town in Provence, the Piero Bottero Media Library is named for a French fiction writer who spent most of

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Frank Gehry’s twisted Luma Arles tower set to open in June

March 15, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Frank Gehry's twisted Luma Arles tower set to open in June

The aluminium-clad Luma Arles arts tower designed by Frank Gehry to evoke Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting is nearing completion on the southern coast of France. The Luma Foundation has released the latest set of images of the Luma Arles arts centre in the city of Arles ahead of its opening on 26 June 2021. At

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Jason deCaires Taylor creates Underwater Museum of Cannes “to draw more people underwater”

March 4, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0

Six large sculptures of fractured human faces form an underwater museum that British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor has created off the coast of Cannes, France. The Underwater Museum of Cannes is a permanent installation beside the island of Sainte-Marguerite that is intended to “draw more people underwater” to engage with marine life. It is designed by

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Bouroullec brothers create folly as “point of contemplation” above Rennes river

February 23, 2021 Cajsa Carlson 0
Small concrete and steel pavilion in a river

French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have created the slender Le Belvédère pavilion above the River Vilaine in Rennes, France, which is lit up by globular lights at night. The brothers designed the folly, which is accessed by a footbridge from the Quai Saint-Cy, to be a place of reflection in the French city. The designers chose the

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Richard Rogers balances his final building over Provence vineyard

February 15, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Rogers has designed a gallery that cantilevers 18 metres out above the hillside at the Château La Coste vineyard in southern France. Named The Richard Rogers Drawing Gallery, the project was the last work produced by the architect before his retirement from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) – the studio he founded in

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners sets up Paris office as “direct result” of Brexit

February 11, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
RSHP Paris office

Architecture studio Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has announced it is setting up a European office in Paris to win work in the EU following Brexit. Stephen Barrett, the partner responsible for France at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP), describes establishing a Paris office as “essential” for continuing to work in France and the European

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Atelier Aconcept creates “raw building” for French kickboxing club

February 10, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Atelier Aconcept creates "raw building" for French boxing club

Architecture studio Atelier Aconcept has created a concrete gym for a kickboxing club in the town of Savigny-le-Temple, France, with an aesthetic designed to reflect the activity taking place within. Built alongside the Château de la Grange-la-Prévôté park in Savigny-le-Temple, Atelier Aconcept designed the kickboxing and boxing club to have a simple and raw aesthetic. “Using a

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The Island is a nature-inspired Paris home designed around a courtyard garden

February 8, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
A double-height dining room in a Parisian townhouse by Clément Lesnoff-Rocard

Local architect Clément Lesnoff-Rocard has converted a 19th-century house in Paris’s La Défense into a contemporary home featuring a double-height dining room that looks onto a central courtyard. Clément Lesnoff-Rocard named this project The Island as it involved creating an isolated, inward-looking private residence in the midst of the bustling city. “The project is about

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Centre Pompidou in Paris faces four-year closure for repair works

January 26, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
High-tech architecture: Centre Pompidou by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano

France’s culture minister has revealed that the high-tech Centre Pompidou in Paris by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers will be closed from 2023 to undergo major renovations. Speaking to French newspaper Le Figaro on Monday, culture minister Roselyne Bachelot said that the closure of the centre, which is one of Paris’ top cultural buildings, was

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