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Van Dongen Senior School, staff accomodation, Lagny (France)

The Bauve architecture studio designed a program of seven houses to accommodate teaching staff at the Van Dongen Senior School in Lagny for the Conseil Régional d’Ile-de-France (Ile-de-France regional authority). Following the demolition of an old unattractive building, a terrace of seven HQE (1) two-storey houses were built.

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Extreme zinc: 115 years at the summit!

Zinc is resilient over time. And despite the unpredictability of weather on mountain peaks! The Fourches Camp is proof of this: a French army mountain barracks, located at an altitude of 2,291 metres in the Mercantour mountain range in the Alpes de Haute Provence region. The barracks was built in 1896, and its magnificent roofs were renovated in 2016! We have a look at why and how.

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A word about zinc #04: Alley cats and gutters

The imagery of roofs has a lot to do with materials, know-how, professionals, roofers and zinc workers, who venture up onto them for the duration of a project. But it also gives pride of place to the inhabitants of these lofty places. All sorts of birds come to mind, as well as small rodents and bees. But cats have a special place in this secret universe. They are at ease here, jumping lithely from a zinc gutter to a flat tile roof to settle themselves in a hieratic pose on a ridge and taunt the bustling world below from their symbolic position. Today we take a look at these cats who love to spend time on roof tops, like feline street urchins.

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Black counts for architects. We could almost talk about fascination. It is not a question of starting a debate on black in the history of architecture, but just of evoking black materials and their contemporary use in building envelopes.

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“A word about zinc” #02: “a drink at the zinc bar”

“Prendre un verre sur le zinc” (a drink at the zinc bar”), a common French expression that conjures up images of heated discussions in a key place of socialisation in France: the bar. It also conjures up an image of the famous glass of red wine sitting on the bar top.

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2018 New Year greetings: if zinc was…

Following on from last year, when I sent you my New Year greetings in the form of a Proust Questionnaire, this year I am sending you my very best wishes for 2018 with a Chinese portrait of my blog’s favourite material: zinc!

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Montparnasse Tower 2024: an ambitious architectural project made in France!

The Montparnasse Tower is an incongruity in the landscape of Paris.

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WAF 2017 in Berlin: it just keeps getting better!

What a great vintage this year’s edition of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) was! It took place in Berlin from 15 to 17 November last!

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“A word about zinc” #01: my new thematic series!

Following on the success of the ten episodes in the “Fabulous destiny of Vieille Montagne” series, I am launching a series called “A word about zinc”.

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