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A/ZC – Atelier Zündel & Cristea | Monconseil

Architecture A/ZC – Atelier Zündel & Cristea | Monconseil

A/ZC – Atelier Zündel & Cristea | MonconseilEnvironment HEQ

This retirement home is being built in Monconseil’s Urban Development Zone (ZAC in France), in the northern suburbs of the city of Tours, where this building will be one of the first footprints in the area. The project, which consists of 81 beds spread across three units, was defined from the beginning by specifications that sought to take up and organize an ideal amount of the site’s surfaces. Respecting these specifications to the letter would have led us to a ground floor organization around internal courtyards spread over the entirety of the site.

A/ZC – Atelier Zündel & Cristea | Monconseil

© Stéphane Chalmeau

A/ZC – Atelier Zündel & Cristea | Monconseil

© Stéphane Chalmeau

To try and reconcile these demands with the ZAC regulations the area was subject to, we proposed a compromise. The result of which is a building in the shape of a “U”, composed of three parts. All the communal living spaces are placed facing the large internal garden. The corridors leading to the rooms are deliberately well ventilated, becoming naturally lit lanes every four or five rooms, and in the end compose a veritable avenue, where events take place within the generous amounts of natural light, and where there are comfortable views of the garden. The facade is composed of prefabricated concrete, over which we applied a plant pattern, in order to produce a vibration in the surface.

A/ZC – Atelier Zündel & Cristea | Monconseil

© Stéphane Chalmeau

A/ZC – Atelier Zündel & Cristea | Monconseil

© Stéphane Chalmeau

Location: France
Architects: A/ZC – Atelier Zündel & Cristea
Completed: 2007-2011
Client: CCAS – City of Tours
Consultants: OTE 
Construction cost: 7.50 M€ (ex VAT)
Gross area: 4500 m²
Mission: Conception + construction
Project: 81-bed retirement home
Photos: Stéphane Chalmeau
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