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Houses grouped by Bigoni and Mortemard

At Villejuif, south of Paris, this project of detached housing nestles in the bottom of an impasse. Designed by the architectural firm Bigoni and Mortemard, these juxtaposed 7 houses fall into two parallel bars located on either side of an alley and composed respectively of 3 and 4 homes. Coated with a white coating trowel, this construction of inspiration

Mediterranean densely nevertheless preserves the individuality of each habitat.

On this project, Stéphane Bigoni and Antoine Mortemard specify:

"Back from a road to five lanes busy, the transaction takes place at a dead end with a landscape composed of small buildings, houses and workshops, talks advantage of the calm of a village that agitation the suburbs.

It is about managing competing issues between on the one hand, the individual character of the habitat responding to the site and, secondly, strong desired density along the lines of an ecological requirement of territory's economy. passion for architecture, the client has largely supported the project management in these choices, even if the financial balance of any accession process rather militated for an apartment building.

The ground plane is deceptively simple: two parallel bars separate thickness of both sides of an alley garden-wide 6m. Such a fragment of Medina, the plasticity of the envelope leaves little guess the actual cutting of the frame. To preserve the privacy of each dwelling, houses are juxtaposed without overlapping or interlocking. Adjusted by a cross plan, the main bar thickness 12m consists of four terraced houses. More sober, and nine meters thick only the second building includes three townhouses, between courtyard and private garden. The organization of volumes, the recesses and indentations create long diagonal views between residents; they replace the reports front that was feared in such cases.

The houses develop vertically their program (4 and 5 pieces), offering for the first four rooms on the ground floor, raised on the impasse, open onto terraces in the alley. double height stays then take up the first floor, directly related to a series of terraces that lead to an inhabited roof - work plans are created there with sink - wide open on the surrounding landscape.

Hidden under buildings, a basement houses the car parking and basements leaving the ground surface conducive to patio gardens to three houses.

If the facades seem little breakthroughs across is that the light comes mainly from above. Invisible from below or in front, light boxes monumental radiate light overhead the double height floor stays, without removing their desired privacy. The contrast between the outside and inside is stunning. As in the medinas, the austerity of the exterior leaves little suspecting the generosity of the natural illumination of the houses or the habitability of roofs.

The use of simple and economical materials helped develop generous interior spaces for a modest budget.

Artisanal plasticity of plaster floated late extra white strengthens the Mediterranean atmosphere of the whole. "

Photographs: Bigoni and Mortemard

Also try the Rouen Congress Centre et Banking Agency of Crédit Maritime by Bigoni-Mortemard.

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