A passive home draped with bamboo shades might sound unusual, but it seems almost tame compared to other examples of contemporary French design.
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Inspired by the work of Le Corbusier, American architect Michael Herman experimented with indoor-outdoor perspectives when he redesigned a flat in Paris for his family of three. Photo by Filippo Bamberghi.
The design of a Passive House in Bessancourt, France, incorporates rooftop solar panels and bamboo shades that cover its predominantly glass exterior during the day. As a result, energy costs are low and the environmental impact is minimal. Photo by Nicholas Calcott.
A contemporary ski chalet in the French Alps has a fresh, streamlined interior, due in part to built-in shelves, beds, and couches that eliminate the need for other furniture.
Courtesy of: Julien Attard
The colorful canteen of Paris's Hi Matic Hotel is practically black and white compared to the exuberant hues found in the hotel's lobby and rooms. Photo by Simon Bouisson.
The Carré d'Etoiles, a system of cube-shaped hotel room units, combines luxury with the great outdoors all over France. Tourists can spend time in compact boxes with circular windows and domed skylights, enjoying the amenities of hotel and the stargazing of a camping trip. Photo via Treehugger.
Equal parts building and surrealist sculpture, the Synagogue de Delme visitor center pays homage to its 200-year history with a largely unchanged layout, but stands out as an modernist experiment thanks to an exterior that could be melting into the ground. Photo by Olivier-Henri Dancy.
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