Local architect Clément Lesnoff-Rocard has converted a 19th-century house in Paris's La Défense into a contemporary home featuring a double-height dining room that looks onto a central courtyard. More
French architecture studio Atelier Ordinaire has completed a prefabricated house in the Bourgogne region featuring an interior lined with knotted timber boards to complement the surrounding nature. More
Full-height glazed walls are sandwiched between the meandering concrete floor slab and roof of this house built on a French lake, which can only be reached using a retractable bridge. More
By pairing raw concrete with warm timber, French office Studio Razavi hoped to give a contemporary feel to this Alpine chalet home, while also complying with strict local architecture guidelines. More
World Heritage Corb: next in our series on the 17 Le Corbusier buildings that have been added to UNESCO's World Heritage List is Maison La Roche-Jeanneret in Paris – designed to provide a home for the architect's brother and a separate residence and gallery for a friend with a collection of cubist art (+ slideshow). More
World Heritage Corb: one of the most important buildings by architect Le Corbusier from the 17 that have been to UNESCO's World Heritage List is Villa Savoye, the top-heavy weekend retreat created as a Modernist version of the French country house (+ slideshow). More
Today is Bastille Day, a French national holiday that celebrates the country's reinvention as a republic. It commemorates the storming of the Bastille in Paris on 14 July 1789 – a symbolic moment for the French Revolution.
We're joining the celebrations with a look back at some of the best French houses from our archive, including a dilapidated barn turned into a holiday home using traditional hemp-based plaster (pictured) and a villa designed to look like a bump in the landscape. See more French houses on Dezeen »