Architecture firm Fabienne Bulle architecte & associés stands out for its work on exceptional projects in France and further afield. Most recently it won a national competition to design the French embassy in Libreville, Gabon. Due to be finished in 2017, the project will consist of an eco-friendly building made using local materials such as doussie, a golden brown or light red wood found in West Africa. The embassy is designed so that it will be symbolic of a philosophy which is sober, safe and also not too grand – it has to combine all of these qualities