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Architecture of France

19 August 2010

1965 – Unité d’Habitation, Firminy, France

Architect: Le Corbusier Based on the modernist residential housing design principle developed by Le Corbusier, with the collaboration of painter-architect Nadir Afonso. The concept formed the basis of several housing developments designed by...

01 December 2009

1977 – Centre Pompidou, Paris

Architect: Richard Rogers & Renzo Piano The design for the Centre Nationale d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou was selected after a competition in 1971. The winners were the young practice of, and...

01 December 2009

1987 – Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris

Architect: Jean Nouvel Built as a cultural centre for the Arab world, the Institut du Monde Arabe consists of two main blocks. The curved building faces the river and has engraved outlines of...

25 November 2009

1989 – Opéra de la Bastille, Paris

Architect: Carlos Ott The result of a gigantic international competition, this building is one of the more maligned of the Grands Projets (Mitterrand’s 15 billion franc program to provide a series of modern...

21 June 2010

1993 – Opéra Nouvel, Lyon, France

Architect: Jean Nouvel In 1756, one of the first opera houses created inside an existing freestanding building was opened in Lyon. It was designed by Jacques-Germain Soufflot, the architect of the Panthéon in...

23 November 2009

1993 – Vinci Centre, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Architect: Jean Nouvel Placed across the square from Laloux’s railway station, the Vinci Centre is a small convention centre. Surrounded by streets on two sides and a small public park on the third,...

19 August 2010

2006 – Saint-Pierre, Firminy, France

Architect: José Oubrerie, Le Corbusier The last major work of Le Corbusier, it was completed in 2006 forty-one years after his death, by the French architect, José Oubrerie who had been Le Corbusier’s...

11 September 2012

Chateau de Blois, Loire, France

The Royal Château de Blois, residence of several French kings, is located in the center of the town of Blois. In 1429, Joan of Arc was blessed here by the Archbishop of Reims...

24 November 2009

Chateau de Tours, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Unlike many of the chateaux of the Loire valley, Chateau de Tours is a plain building with two towers. One of these is plain finished while the other has more ornate corbelling.