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Plant-covered Villa M by Triptyque and Philippe Starck “brings nature back to the city”

June 12, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Vertical garden of Villa M in Paris

A steel exoskeleton supports a vertical garden facade at this hotel in Paris, France, designed by French-Brazilian studio Triptyque in collaboration with designer Philippe Starck and landscape studio Coloco. Located in Montparnasse, the 8,000-square-metre hotel also contains a restaurant, co-working space, gym and rooftop bar, which the team said all focus on healthy living and a

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Bachmann Associés gives Belle Époque hotel in French ski resort a modern update

June 4, 2022 Ali Morris 0
Velvet chaise longue in front of painting in La Folie Douce Hôtel Chamonix by Bachmann Associés

Bare brick and concrete are exposed in this renovation of a grand hotel at the foot of Mont Blanc by French architecture practice Bachmann Associés. Set in the ski resort of Chamonix, La Folie Douce Hôtel Chamonix occupies the former Savoy Palace – an 18,000-square-metre Belle Époque building with 250 rooms and five restaurants that was

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David Chipperfield adds vaulted arcades to revamped office complex in Paris

May 18, 2022 Lizzie Crook 0
Morland Mixité Capitale office by David Cghipperfield

The Berlin studio of David Chipperfield Architects has renovated and extended a 20th-century office block in Paris to transform it into a multifunctional complex called ​​Morland Mixité Capitale. Located beside the River Seine in the French capital’s 4th arrondissement, the revamped building contains housing, a hotel, offices and various public amenities. The former office, named

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Galerie Philia presents design exhibition informed by Le Corbusier at Cité Radieuse

May 16, 2022 Jane Englefield 0
Heritages

Galerie Philia has unveiled Héritages, an exhibition at the Le Corbusier-designed Cité Radieuse building featuring work by designers such as Rick Owens that respond to the Swiss-French architect’s theories of modernism. Héritages presents work by eight international designers and seven visual artists that reference the modernist theories pioneered by Le Corbusier, whose designs are known for

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SO-IL and FREAKS extend glass museum in France with sweeping public plaza

May 10, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Aerial view of Site Verrier de Meisenthal

New York office SO-IL and Parisian studio FREAKS have completed the renovation and extension of an 18th-century glass factory in France, adding a sweeping concrete plaza that unites a series of cultural spaces. The site, located close to the village of Meisenthal in the Northern Vosges Natural Park, has been home to the Meisenthal Glass

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Parc de la Villette is the “largest deconstructed building in the world”

May 5, 2022 Alyn Griffiths 0
Parc de la Villette by Bernard Tschumi

Continuing our deconstructivism series, we take a look at Bernard Tschumi’s Parc de la Villette in Paris, one of the movement’s earliest and most influential projects. French-Swiss architect Tschumi designed the park as a deconstructed building. “It was not about nature, per se, it was an urban moment,” Tschumi told Dezeen. “I call it the largest deconstructed

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Oscar Niemeyer’s final building opens in French vineyard

April 13, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Pavilion at Château La Coste designed by Oscar Niemeyer

A pavilion designed by the late Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer has opened at the Château La Coste vineyard in southern France. Designed in 2010, two years before Niemeyer’s death aged 104, the curved white pavilion was created to sit comfortably within the landscape. “The location is very beautiful and a pleasant, peaceful environment,” said Niemeyer while designing the

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Ciguë uses steel foundations to elevate lightweight home in rural France

April 7, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
The wooden house is a timber home that was designed by Ciguë

French studio Ciguë has elevated this timber-clad home in Saint Julien le Petit, France, above its rural site using slender, removable steel foundations. Looking to contrast the area’s traditional stone country homes, the Paris-based studio drew on the lightweight Case Study Houses built in California in the 1960s to create a simple structure that sits

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Masquespacio puts colourful spin on traditional Italian restaurant concept

March 10, 2022 Jane Englefield 0
Masquespacio restaurant Lyon

Colourful marble accents and looming arches characterise this restaurant by Spanish studio Masquespacio, which takes cues from traditional Italian eateries. Called Piada, the restaurant sells Italian flatbreads and is the second of its kind to be designed by Masquespacio in the French city of Lyon. The interiors of the latest Piada blends retro design elements

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Graal Architecture extends university refectory with green steel pavilion

February 23, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Crous University Refectory was designed by Graal Architecture

Graal Architecture has renovated and extended a university refectory building in France, adding a lightweight rooftop pavilion of glass and green-painted steel overlooking the surrounding parkland. The Parisian studio was commissioned to both update and extend the original 1993 prefabricated concrete refectory building, which sits within the Francois Mitterrand Park in Cergy. The project was

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