Montpellier > 70 dwellings

Montpellier > 70 dwellings

The 77 housing units and 500 m2 of retail outlets included in this design are situated on a trapezoid plot of land standing at the main entry point to the neighbourhood. As a means of ensuring the flats enjoy a sufficient amount of natural daylight, the global volume of the whole was segmented and divided into three smaller plots. The project specifications required that the lower portion of the buildings be linked together and a 6 m high base forms the common reference point to the three plots. To the north, adjacent to Place Vanières, the base houses two floors of retail outlets which project out along the covered concourse. To the south, on Rue Mas-Nègre, the base is perforated, in measured but jaunty style, and houses the bedrooms in the flats. The stamped concrete used in construction of the base gives it an organic feel, at once plain and refined, entering into meaningful echo with the mineral context and surrounding planting. The sculptural volume of the whole unfolds both vertically and horizontally. The two upper levels of the Mas-Nègre building are perched on piles –the intermediary spaces thus created free the design from becoming a monolithic block and translate a desire for variation within the homogeneous whole. The empty spaces also allow for private terraced areas to be created for the houses included in the design, vastly improving the lifestyle thereby offered to their inhabitants. In the base level, a line of loggias serve to house utility rooms, separating the flats from each other. The concrete surface of the building and the perforated metal cladding gracing the façade play on a tastefully regulated range of shades of blue, from light to dark.
program
construction of 70 collective housing units, with shops and underground car park
project management
atelier d'architecture King Kong, Arcoba, Verdier, Celsius
client: SERM - Suppliers & Service Providers of Montpellier
location: Zac Ovalie, Montpellier (34)
surface area: 4 400 m²
date: in progress
images/photos: atelier d'architecture King Kong
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