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Woodstock Hut / Léa Bostmambrun + Réal Emond

Courtesy of Réal Emond Courtesy of Réal Emond
Courtesy of Réal Emond Courtesy of Réal Emond

Text description provided by the architects. The Woodstock hut is part of « Le festival des cabanes » architecture competition around Annecy, France. Twelve huts provide an excuse to offer and share a different view of building with wood and a small budget in some striking places of this mountainous area.

Book Briefs #38: Houses

"Book Briefs" are an ongoing series of posts with short first-hand descriptions of some of the numerous books that make their way into my library. These briefs are not full-blown reviews (though some might go on to get that treatment), but they are a way to share more books worthy of attention than find their way into reviews on this blog. This installment features five coffee table books on contemporary single-family houses.

Architects' Houses by Michael Webb | Princeton Architectural Press | 2018 | Amazon

The Kensington / Zaha Hadid Design

© Luke Hayes © Luke Hayes
  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Location: W Cromwell Rd, London, United Kingdom
  • Design : Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Director: Melodie Leung
  • Project Architect: Carine Posner
  • Project Team: Evgeniya Yatsyuk, Ovidiu Mihutescu, Natassa Lianou, Saman Dadgostar
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Luke Hayes
  • Project Management: JCDecaux
  • Contract Administration + Quantity Surveyor: Lavingtons
  • Structure: Buro Happold Engineering
  • Civil Engineering: Buro Happold Engineering
  • Mep: Hoare Lea
  • Lighting: Buro Happold Engineering
  • Landscape Design: MRG Studio
  • Principal Designer: Orsa Projects
  • Principal Contractor: Knight Brown Construction

Sanctuaires de Lourdes / INCA Architectes

© Franck Brouillet © Franck Brouillet

Puzzle House / Mabire Reich

© Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre
  • Architects: Mabire Reich
  • Location: Nantes, France
  • Partner Architect: Fanny Robin
  • Area: 128.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Guillaume Satre
  • Structure Engineers: EVEN
© Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre

Text description provided by the architects. To extend a house, is to add an extra layer in an existing building, which sometimes allows to see the previous ones. The house we had to extend, close to the Procé park in Nantes, is a clear example of this layering process, picture of the time passing through the changing needs of the previous owners.

Housing for Elderly People in Huningue / Dominique Coulon & associés

© Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons
  • Architects: Dominique Coulon & associés
  • Location: 41 Rue du Maréchal Joffre, 68330 Huningue, France
  • Design Team: Dominique Coulon, Olivier Nicollas, Gautier Duthoit
  • Architects Assistants : Javier Gigosos-Ruipérez, Diego Bastos-Romero
  • Area: 3932.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Eugeni Pons
  • Client : Ville de Huningue
  • Competition : Gautier Duthoit
  • Construction Site Supervision : Olivier Poulat
  • Structural Engineer : Batiserf Ingénierie
  • Mechanical Plumbing Engineer : Artelia
  • Cost Estimator  : E3 économie
  • Hqe Specialist : Artelia
  • Fire Safety System : Artelia
  • Acoustics : Euro sound project
  • Landscape : Bruno Kubler

Shelter for Migrants and Travelers / Atelier RITA

© David Boureau © David Boureau
  • Architects: Atelier RITA
  • Location: 94200 Ivry-sur-Seine, France
  • Lead Architects: Valentine Guichardaz-Versini
  • Collaborator: Emilie Bonnaire
  • Area: 5000.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: David Boureau
© David Boureau © David Boureau


This project is commissioned by the ONG Emmaüs Solidarité, as part of the attempt to provide a solution to the refugees constant arrivals. The project takes place in Ivry-sur-Seine, a suburban city, on an old water’s factory. This large industrial site (90000m²), no longer used, is waiting for a new urban project to come.