Rather than mere architectural research, this project offers “architectural units” leading not just to differentiated places but specific atmospheres, sources of originality and collective identity. The aesthetics are an added value.
There is both home-ownership housing and a residence for young working people, both very urbane, home-ownership housing reminiscent of town houses and social housing with “vernacular”-type architecture.
The urban research is driven by the concept of volumetric hyphenation. The openings between the different volumes encourage visual porosity by accenting see-through views between the inner courtyards and public space. With their porches, pathways and gardens they are also sources of spatial richness by producing urban sequences that favour encounters between people.
In response to the ground topography the project is divided into three thick stripes that combine into plots. A desire for diversity dictates the typological and architectural choices.
The linear first building protects the rest of the development from the noise of Avenue Maréchal Joffre.
The composition of volumes and the phenomena of the shifting layout plan create pronounced urban gaps. By cutting it up into plots there are very few facing neighbours. The buildings are systematically walk-through or multi-directional. The development’s residents share the vegetable gardens that are managed by the family-garden association. They act as a meeting point that enhances social diversity.