antonini darmon completes 30 social housing units in nantes antonini darmon completes 30 social housing units in nantes
nov 23, 2014

antonini darmon completes 30 social housing units in nantes

antonini darmon completes 30 social housing units in nantes
image © alexandre wasilewski
all images courtesy of antonini darmon




the ’30 social housing units’designed by the studio of french architect antonini darmon is located in a significant lot of a transforming nantes block. the actual residential units are located in the mid-rise structure sitting atop a timber-strutted plinth containing the public functions- commercial spaces, community accommodations and intermediary housing. the lower form is rendered in a different material than the tower to clearly define its diverse program. at one level, it relates more strongly to human scale and the reflects the style of the newly erected buildings in the neighborhood.  the housing tower in turn can be understood as the opposite of the base, a stark gridded and porous structure characterized by a transforming mosaic of transparent, translucent, and opaque facades. coming to a point at the rooftop, the building takes on a peculiar shape making it a beacon within the neighborhood. each unit enjoys complete privacy while offering plenty of natural light and exterior deck space.

view from the street
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in context
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pixelated facade constantly transforms as users change the transparency of each unit
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(left) intermediary housing
(right) exterior deck
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roof design of the wood-slat commercial spaces
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contrast of the structures
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rooftop deck
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floor plan/ level 0










project info:



client: nantes habitat
architect: antonini darmon architects
program: 30 social housing units (24 collective + 6 individuals) + 600 sqm of commercial spaces
city: zac – prairies aux ducs, ecoquartier – nantes – 44 – france
area: 3 264 sqm
cost: 4,9 m € ht
photos: alexandre wasilewski
completed: 2014

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