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Saint Jacques de la Lande by Álvaro Siza Vieira | Church architecture / community centres

The church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande will be the first church built in France’s Brittany region in the 21st-century. The project has been contracted to the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. Siza’s use of light and white concrete provide a unique ceremonial space that gently folds into the neighborhood south of Rennes, a residential area with five-story housing blocks. Siza's main concern when designing the project was being able to integrate the church into the urban fabric. One of the hallmarks of the building is the circular shape on the second floor, which will hold up to 120 people - freeing up the first floor for social and administrative areas.  The church will be inserted as a free-standing volume that adapts to the existing plan and the dimensions of the nearby buildings and spaces, extant or planned, in particular the size of the apartment block to the north. The programme is distributed across two levels by superimposing a cylinder with a 14.75 m outer diamet… continue

Alvaro Siza

Alvaro Siza
Church of Saint-Jacques de la Lande . Rennes Alvaro Siza Vieira . photos: © Joao Morgado The church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande will be the first church built in France’s Brittany region in the 21st-century. The project has been contracted to the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. Siza’s use of light and white concrete provide a unique … Continue reading Alvaro Siza

Raised in a Barn & Proud: 15 Farm Buildings Converted to Modern Homes

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ]

They could be so dilapidated they’re practically ruins, but old barns have both historical value and rural charm, and when architects dramatically rescue them, they become incredible modern homes, offices, galleries and artist studios. Even an old potato barn, or goat barn, or teeny-tiny barn, or ugly barn that got an unfortunate 1980s makeover. Not buying it? Check out these amazing barn conversions. There’s even a legit party barn!

Converted Barn in Lormes, France by Frank Minnaërt

ORIGIN Tree House: Modern Wooden Hotel Room in a French Forest Canopy

[ By SA Rogers in Boutique & Art Hotels & Travel. ]

Encircling a 100-year-old oak – the tallest tree on the Château de Raray hotel property in France – the ORIGIN tree house by Atelier Lavit is envisioned as a tailored wooden ‘dress’ to make the oak stand out even more. This modern timber pod functions as a tree house hotel room, providing surprisingly spacious and comfortable lodgings accessed from a hanging bridge. Each facet of the geometric structure intersects the other, creating dynamic overlapping lines.

Dominique Coulon & associés

Dominique Coulon & associés
Théodore Gouvy Theatre . Freyming-Merlebach Dominique Coulon & associés Freyming-Merlebach is a town with a substantial industrial past, in a part of Lorraine that developed in the 19th century, driven by the coalmining industry. Since the closure of the mines in the 1990s, this part of north-eastern France has seen a sharp increase in unemployment, and … Continue reading Dominique Coulon & associés

Louvre Sofitel Hotel in Foshan by CCD/Cheng Chung Design | Hotel interiors

With a height of 239m, Sofitel Hotel- the highest building of Foshan is an "international home furnishing exhibition hotel" combines hotel with international furniture Expo Center. <b>Entrance Lobby</b> The entrance is a square consist of Lingnan styled pond and garden path; standing in the centre of the pond is a French style fountain. <b>8F Banquet Hall (Including the Lobby)</b> Banquet hall includes 7F, 8F and 9F, design concept of this space comes from French Louvre Museum. The banquet hall is like the ancient castle of the Sun King Louis XIV, giving out a sense of grace of the Palace of Versailles. The design tries to present the mighty and power of Bourbon Dynasty, and to represent the golden age of France. Standing on the top of the stairs of the 8F, we can have fine views of the spacious outdoor garden, where a three storey high vertical green wall adds intoxicating scenery to the garden. <b>Lobby& Lobby Lounge</b> The hollow lobby lounge offers the guests double continue