published Tuesday, February 8, 2011
At Villejuif, south of Paris, the proposed detached housing nestles in the bottom of a deadlock. Designed by the architectural firm Bigoni and Mortemard these 7 houses fall into two juxtaposed parallel bars located on either side of an alley and composed by 3 and 4 respectively houses. Coated with white plaster trowel, this construction of inspiration
Mediterranean densely nevertheless preserves the individuality of each habitat.
On this project, Stéphane Bigoni and Antoine Mortemard state:
"Down a road to five lanes busy, the operation takes place at a dead end with a landscape composed of small buildings, houses and workshops, talks advantage of the calm village that agitation the suburbs.
It is about managing competing issues between on the one hand, the individual character of the homes that the site and, on the other hand, the strong desired density along the lines of an ecological requirement of economy of the territory. 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 & nbsp ;: two parallel bars separate thickness of both sides of an alley garden-6m wide. Like 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 of 12m thick consisting of four terraced houses. More sober, and nine meters thick only the second building includes three townhouses between yard and private garden. The organization of the volumes, the recesses and indentations create long diagonal views between residents & nbsp ;; they replace the reports front that was feared in such cases.
The houses develop vertically their program (4 and 5 pieces), providing 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, in direct relation to a series of terraces that lead to an inhabited roof - work plans are developed with sink it - & nbsp; wide open to the surrounding landscape.
Hidden under buildings, a basement houses the car parking and basements leaving the ground surface conducive to patio gardens to & nbsp; 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 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 has developed 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.
For more information, visit the website of Bigoni-Mortemard.