Architecture in the service of wellbeing. Environmental performance does not necessarily signify constraints and austerity. On the contrary, this project combines high technical standards with quality of life. Its transverse apartments supply natural ventilation and lighting, with energy savings and improved ergonomics, views and functionality. Access is provided by external passageways. The roof terraces and central garden capture rainwater and enhance the views and ambiances in the heart of the block. There are loggias which, apart from their practical use, act as buffer spaces, and provide shelter for the leisure areas. The construction method is characterised by wooden frames in the outer walls, and a primary structure in concrete.
The relatively massive nature of the programme is lessened by a large number of volumetric separations and the metallic finish of the facades, whose colour and appearance change according to the light. Finally, the project is incorporated in a qualitative, inventive way into its suburban setting, whose redevelopment has not robbed it of its social character.
20 to-let apartments
39 social housing units
700 m2 of shops
Quadriplus, Environment Etamine
BBC RT 2005
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