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Stunning wood Vortex sculpture uses LEDs to show its site’s energy consumption

Stunning wood Vortex sculpture uses LEDs to show its site’s energy consumption

Vortex embraces a footbridge connecting two buildings within the complex in Bordeaux. Scaffolding and raw wooden pieces were wrapped around the footbridge, and the sculpture evolves like a living

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Mont-de-Marsan’s timber-slatted volumes float out from a grassy hillside in France

Mont-de-Marsan’s timber-slatted volumes float out from a grassy hillside in France

The former Mont-de-Marsan education center was located in a nearby town center and was in need of renovations after years of use. Local trade association Chambre des Métiers commissioned architects

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Spencer Byles Sculpts Mystical Forest Artworks from Natural Materials

Spencer Byles Sculpts Mystical Forest Artworks from Natural Materials

Towering woven structures, hanging pods and large-scale constellations of shapes create a theatrical or even supernatural realm within the picturesque woodland environment. The pieces seem to communicate

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Sublime Wine Storage Unit Lights up the Night with Low Energy LEDs in France

Sublime Wine Storage Unit Lights up the Night with Low Energy LEDs in France

The stunning building is a showcase for the Ballande group, highlighting their fine wine in an appropriate casing. The storage unit rises in thick white concrete, appearing like a solid volume during the

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Beautiful Green-Roofed Barn Extension in France is Barely Visible From Afar

Beautiful Green-Roofed Barn Extension in France is Barely Visible From Afar

This barn extension in the Pyrénées Mountains has a gorgeous green roof that minimizes its impact on an incredible site overlooking the Adour de Lesponne river valley in France. When the client

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French Artisan Takes Recycled Metal to the Dark Side with an Awesome Darth Vader Bust

French Artisan Takes Recycled Metal to the Dark Side with an Awesome Darth Vader Bust

French artisan Alain Bellino took his craft to the dark side when he welded a number of leftover metal pieces together to create this surprisingly realistic Darth Vader bust. Bellino saves and restores a

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France Breaks Ground on Europe’s Largest Solar Plant

France Breaks Ground on Europe’s Largest Solar Plant

While Germany has spent the last few years stealing the headlines for its remarkable advances in renewable energy infrastructure, neighboring France has, up until now, remained relatively silent on the

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Didier Faustino’s Comic-Book Intervention Bursts from Historic Villa Andre Bloc

Didier Faustino’s Comic-Book Intervention Bursts from Historic Villa Andre Bloc

As if exploding out of the entrance to Bloc’s folly, This is Not a Lovesong is Faustino’s first piece, which combines sculpture and architecture. Framing the doors, the installation is made up of a

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Twisted Timber Shell Wraps Around a Parking Attendant’s Pavilion in France

Twisted Timber Shell Wraps Around a Parking Attendant’s Pavilion in France

Surrounded by a boring asphalt parking lot outside the city center, the wood structure stands out as a surprising monument to sustainable design. The slatted bakelised plywood shell acts as a brise-soleil

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Gaelle Villedary’s Green Carpet Rolls Through Provincial Town in Southern France

Gaelle Villedary’s Green Carpet Rolls Through Provincial Town in Southern France

Situated in the south of France, Jaujac is a tiny commune, right on the bank of the Lignon river. While the city walls are rich with literary history and medieval architecture, they are tucked deeply

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Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

Issy-les-Moulineaux's environmental quality charter, called ISSEO, began in 2009 when the town and 20 developers agreed that all new housing and offices would be built to high standards of sustainability.

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Spooky Gue(ho)st House Draped in a Melted White Veil Opens in France

Spooky Gue(ho)st House Draped in a Melted White Veil Opens in France

The sculptural Gue(ho)st House building is situated adjacent to the Delme Contemporary Art Center, which is housed in a former Synagogue located in a small town in the far northeastern corner of France.

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This Amazing Cave Home in France Cost Just One Euro

This Amazing Cave Home in France Cost Just One Euro

The home, known as Chez Hélène-Amboise Troglodyte, is situated in the Loire Valley. It sits about two miles out of Amboise, which was once home to Leonardo da Vinci. Troglodyte homes are common in the

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Herault Arnod Transforms an Aging Brick Garage Into a Gleaming Modern Office

Herault Arnod Transforms an Aging Brick Garage Into a Gleaming Modern Office

Herault Arnod's rehabilitation and extension of this former workshop in France has a unique aesthetic that creates contrast between the old and the new. The metallic extension appears to hover over the

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Guinée*Potin Architectes Built a Strange Thatched Playground for a New Game Called “Footcheball”

Guinée*Potin Architectes Built a Strange Thatched Playground for a New Game Called “Footcheball”

This unique "footcheball" venue was created as part of Voyage à Nantes, a street festival. This year's theme was "playgrounds." The venue consists of a prefab building with wooden paneling for bounce;

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Subterranean Watersport Base is Cleverly Disguised by an Artificial Grassy Dune in France

Subterranean Watersport Base is Cleverly Disguised by an Artificial Grassy Dune in France

Located on the Vendée coast in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, France, Dune Habitee (or Inhabited Dune) is like what a child would build on the beach if they had all the right tools. A carved out dune with

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Claude Ponti’s Sleepy Chick Topiary is Possibly the Cutest Thing Ever Created

Claude Ponti’s Sleepy Chick Topiary is Possibly the Cutest Thing Ever Created

In what may be the most adorable exhibit in the history of art, Claude Ponti's Sleeping Bird Topiary can be seen by those lucky people living in or visiting Nantes, France. Located in the city's botanical

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Polluted Factory Transformed Into Garden-Filled Green Community in Lyon

Polluted Factory Transformed Into Garden-Filled Green Community in Lyon

Green Cascade completely rehabilitated the polluted site of the Keller-Dorian factory, which made small metal parts for engraving and textile printing. Now the area features 100 apartments spread

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France’s Grand Large Seaside District is Both Stunning and Sustainable

France’s Grand Large Seaside District is Both Stunning and Sustainable

The 216 dwellings that make up the first phase of the development are strategically placed to create a community that is economically, socially, and environmentally responsible; the area will eventually

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Postman Builds Incredible Palace from Thousands of Pebbles in Southeast France

Postman Builds Incredible Palace from Thousands of Pebbles in Southeast France

Of the fateful meeting with his muse Cheval wrote in his journal: "My foot had stumbled against a stone which almost made me fall: I wanted to know what it was. It was a stumbling block of such an unusual

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Three-Wheeled Toyota i-ROAD Electric Vehicle Becomes Part of France’s Smart City Car Sharing Program

Three-Wheeled Toyota i-ROAD Electric Vehicle Becomes Part of France’s Smart City Car Sharing Program

Adorable EV alert! With its unique three wheel design and compact footprint, Toyota's i-ROAD electric vehicle represents the future of personal transport. And now drivers in Grenoble, France will have a

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Solar Liv-Lib’ Capsule Home is Powered by a Futuristic Energy-Generating Hub

Solar Liv-Lib’ Capsule Home is Powered by a Futuristic Energy-Generating Hub

The Liv-Lib' project consists of two elements: “hubs” and “habitation capsules.” The hubs are solar-powered urban infrastructure cores that contain technological and ecological systems necessary

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What are Microclimates, and Why are They Beneficial?

What are Microclimates, and Why are They Beneficial?

Are there really places on the earth where the elements magically combine to provide idyllic climates? Although the concept might seem a bit fantastical, microclimates do indeed exist, and are far more

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PAD Architects Wraps French Office with a Wavy Perforated Facade

PAD Architects Wraps French Office with a Wavy Perforated Facade

The main building is completely wrapped with the white mesh-like facade, which is separated from the interior by a patio and glass gallery. The large facade panels are attached to metal posts surrounding

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Cathedral-Inspired Cabins Spring Up at Moselle’s Performing Arts Festival

Cathedral-Inspired Cabins Spring Up at Moselle’s Performing Arts Festival

The Grand Council of Moselle in eastern France, is launching its very first performing arts festival this week, and Les Etablissements Tourneux architect firm was commissioned to create a few pieces for

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Paris Gets Tough on Pollution as Friday’s Air Quality Rated Worse than Beijing’s

Paris Gets Tough on Pollution as Friday’s Air Quality Rated Worse than Beijing’s

Paris photo from Shutterstock A cloud of smog has enveloped Paris - and on Friday air pollution levels were actually worse than notoriously smoggy Beijing. The French capital is taking emergency

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Ambitious Eiffel Tower Renovation Turns the Aging Icon’s 1st Floor into a Green Energy Powerhouse

Ambitious Eiffel Tower Renovation Turns the Aging Icon’s 1st Floor into a Green Energy Powerhouse

The $34.6 million dollar project includes demolition and reconstruction of the first floor Eiffel and Ferrié pavilions, which house the welcoming center, shops and a restaurant. Upon completion, the

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Mysterious 1960′s Avoriaz Ski Resort is Straight Out of a Fantasy Film Noir

Mysterious 1960′s Avoriaz Ski Resort is Straight Out of a Fantasy Film Noir

The Avoriaz resort was the brainchild of 1960's Olympic downhill gold medal winner Jean Vuarnet. After Vuarnet returned home triumphant from the games, the municipality of Morzine asked the professional

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How’d You Like To Spend The Afterlife As A Diamond?

How’d You Like To Spend The Afterlife As A Diamond?

What are your aspirations for the afterlife? These days there are more options than just traditional burial or cremation. We've explored many different options for green burial, like planters that turn

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LAN Wins Award to Revamp the Extraordinary Grand Palais Exhibition Center in Paris

LAN Wins Award to Revamp the Extraordinary Grand Palais Exhibition Center in Paris

The Grand Palais is a famous historic site in Paris that holds a number of worthwhile attractions, including an exhibition hall and science museum. Inspired by London's Crystal Palace, the grand hall is

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