published Tuesday, February 8, 2011
A Villejuif, south of Paris, this project of houses grouped nestles in the bottom of a dead end. Designed by the architectural firm Bigoni and Mortemard these 7 houses juxtaposed into two parallel bars located on either side of an alley and composed respectively of 3 and 4 bedroom homes. Coated with a white wall plaster, the construction of inspiration
Mediterranean densely nevertheless preserves the individuality of each habitat.
On this project, Stéphane Bigoni and Antoine Mortemard specify:
"Back from a busy road to five lanes, the operation takes place at a dead end with a landscape composed of small buildings, houses and workshops, evokes the advantage of a quiet village agitation the suburbs.
He comes to managing conflicting issues between on the one hand, the individual character of the habitat responding to the site and, secondly, the high density desired along the lines of an ecological requirement of economy of the country. Passionate about architecture, the client has largely supported the project management in these choices, even if the financial balance of a transaction rather accession campaigned for an apartment building.
The ground plane is apparent simplicity: two separate parallel bars thickness on either side of an alley garden 6m wide. Such a fragment medina, the plasticity envelopes leaves little guess the actual cutting of the frame. To preserve the privacy of each dwelling houses are juxtaposed without overlapping or interlocking. Controlled by a cruciform plan, the main bar of 12m thickness consists of four terraced houses. More sober, and nine meters thick only the second building consists of three townhouses between courtyard and garden. The organization of the volumes, the recesses and indentations generate long diagonal views between residents, they replace the front reports that was feared in such cases.
Houses develop vertically their program (parts 4 and 5), proposing for the first four rooms on the ground floor, raised the dead, opened on terraces in the alley. Stays in double height then take place on the first floor, directly related to a series of terraces that lead to a roof inhabited - worktops with sink are arranged - wide open to the surrounding landscape.
Concealed under construction, basement car parking and welcomes the cellars leaving a surface of the ground conducive to the development of small gardens to three houses.
If the facades seem little breakthroughs in all, it is that the light comes mainly from above. Invisible from below or in front, light boxes monumental radiate overhead light double height room stays, without removing any of their desired privacy. The contrast between the outside and the inside is stunning. As in the medinas, the austerity of the exterior leaves little suspect generous natural lighting homes or livability roofs.
The use of simple and economical materials has developed generous interior space for a modest budget.
Artisanal plasticity of extra white wall plaster end reinforces the Mediterranean atmosphere of the whole. "
Photographs: Bigoni and Mortemard
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