In the French pa­pers

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L’ex­press

Now’s the time to buy in the city of Greno­ble ac­cord­ing to lo­cal es­tate agents. Known as the ‘cap­i­tal of the Alps’, Greno­ble saw the num­ber of trans­ac­tions in­crease by 10% year-on-year in 2016 and this year is set to do even bet­ter. Con­cerned that in­ter­est rates will steadily rise, buy­ers are hur­ry­ing to se­cure their pur­chase quickly while first-time buy­ers are mak­ing the most of the gov­ern­ment’s favourable hous­ing laws be­fore they come to an end this win­ter. De­spite such a favourable mar­ket, prices are not ris­ing and re­main quite vari­able through­out the city.

Les Echos

Tour Mont­par­nasse in Paris will be re­vamped by five French ar­chi­tects and made more modern and at­trac­tive, more en­ergy-ef­fi­cient and as­bestos-free. La Nou­velle AOM, the group formed by the ar­chi­tec­ture prac­tices of Chartier-Dalix, Franklin Azzi & Hardel and Le Bi­han, was an­nounced as the win­ner of the in­ter­na­tional con­test to de­sign the ren­o­va­tion of this iconic build­ing. The con­test was launched 15 months ago by the own­ers of Tour Mont­par­nasse and at­tracted big ar­chi­tec­tural firms from the US, the Nether­lands and China. The project will be fi­nanced pri­vately but is es­ti­mated to cost €300m as the tower will shed its dark glass pan­els to be­come trans­par­ent, and will boast planted liv­ing walls and a mar­ket gar­den green­house right at the top (pic­tured left).

A fam­ily home in Nantes is be­ing built us­ing 3D print­ing tech­nol­ogy. It is the first con­struc­tion project of its kind in the world, be­ing fully com­pli­ant with French con­struc­tion norms. The 95m2 prop­erty will be en­tirely built by the Yh­nova robot, from erect­ing the ce­ment walls to fit­ting in­su­la­tion.

Le Fi­garo

Tow­ers and apart­ment blocks made pri­mar­ily of wood are be­com­ing more and more com­mon in French cities. In two years’ time, a pair of wooden tow­ers will be join­ing Bordeaux’ sky­line and Nan­terre will have a huge real es­tate com­plex made of wood by 2020. Paris looks set to fol­low suit a year later with two 50m-high wooden tow­ers in the 13th ar­rondisse­ment (pic­tured be­low), which will be among the high­est of their kind in the world.

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