Le Bouscat > 52 dwellings

Le Bouscat > 52 dwellings

The stakes at play in this design included offering local residents better access to a newly introduced means of transport – the tram – together with new amenities and a higher degree of urban density. This project concerns not only Le Bouscat per se, in that it respects the ‘garden city’ and leafy nature of the area, but also the role played by the locality within the wider urban context as a busy centre of activity within the surrounding metropolitan area. Currently, the urban fabric is very loose, and apartment blocks seem to ‘float freely’; no prior reflexion was apparently given to the play on full and empty spaces before they were positioned. Yet most buildings enjoy quality green spaces to their rear. Our design aims to rework roadside parking areas and the vegetation of the site, including grassed areas, exterior paving and trees. A spacious public area has been positioned to the south with a play area for children. Pétanque strips, foot and cycle paths and places for sitting have also been included. We have raised the level of the existing apartment blocks by grafting an additional floor onto those which already had 4 floors, and an additional two floors onto those which already had three. An exterior load-bearing structure has therefore been implemented, enabling us to extend the balconies positioned on the main facades. A smooth, uninterrupted band has been added to the buildings’ rear, embracing the full length of their façades, enabling us to increase the living space within each flat. This band houses the lifts and greatly improves accessibility. Each block has been imbued with a greater sense of depth and together they are capped by a seamless roof. This has not prevented us from creating individual features in places, notably through the use of cantilevers. Terraces and extensions to some flats, projecting out over the empty space between adjacent roofs, create perceptible bonds between the upper reaches of this newly unified ensemble, offering the neighbourhood a sense of structure and stability. The apartment blocks have two entrances, to both front and rear, encouraging inhabitants to enjoy the secluded gardens to which same level access is provided.
program
52 dwellings "résidence Jean Moulin"
project management
atelier King Kong, Kaplan Projets, Pierre Lascabettes, Alto Ingénierie, Khephren Ingénierie
client: Gironde Habitat
location: Le Bouscat (33)
surface area: 4 100 m²
date: competition 2013
images/photos: D3îles
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