URBAN EMBEDDEDNESS AND CONTEXT
- its location between the atmosphere of a cluster and the heterogeneous liveliness of a suburban crossroads;
- the configuration of the property in itself; its L-shape and its exposure to the sun
- its position as a passageway that leads to a cluster and its attendant gardens, or even
- the wrapping motion which the building forms in response to the street corner.
The main building is conceived in this general wrapping motion suggested by the property: shallow enough to optimize the available natural light, its successive volumes follow the upper ridges of the walls and decline towards the heart of the cluster.
Organizing the facades according to the curves of the accommodation makes it possible to harvest a maximum of sunlight. A double bioclimatic skin system completes the ensemble.
Depending on the backing of the residential walls, most apartments open to the south and south-east, towards the street or the inner garden. This layout optimises the natural lighting of the apartments. The floor plan of the flats is thus organized around the principle of a strip of regular width, clustering the damp rooms along the backing. The kitchens and bathrooms are naturally lit and well-ventilated, thanks to the courtyards. As for the main rooms, bedrooms, and living rooms, they benefit from their properly-oriented full facade.
All the envelopes are designed according to a principle which either associates or dissociates the concrete structure and the highly insulated envelope. The cladding therefore differs as follows: insulated solid walls on the outside for the shaded facades (Building B, or Small Courtyards A and C), interior columns, and framed glazed walls with a double skin for the sun-facing facades.
Architect: Babled Nouvet Architectes