hamonic + masson plans twisting tower to neighbor niemeyer's le havre cultural center

hamonic + masson plans twisting tower to neighbor niemeyer's le havre cultural center

paris-based firm hamonic + masson & associés has unveiled plans for a twisting residential tower to built in the french port city of le havre. the videcoq project, which will contain a total of 70 apartments, is located in close proximity to ‘le volcan’ — the cultural complex designed by oscar niemeyer — and overlooks the bassin du roy as well as the town center. strategically situated, the project seeks to serve as a link between the city and the sea.

hamonic masson videcoq
the twisting residential tower will be built in the port city of le havre
image © luxigon (also main image)



‘benefiting from great visibility and exceptional views overlooking the docks, the building offers varied scales for neighboring local residents and a diversity of spaces for the inhabitants,’ explains hamonic + masson & associés. ‘the project plays with the idea of movement, background and multiplicity. its volume works alongside the differing scales, creating a sculpted fan effect where the concrete netting wraps around the building’s body accentuating the transforming, rising twist.’

hamonic masson videcoq
the development will contain a total of 70 apartments
image © luxigon



internally, the free floor plan allows for maximum flexibility, with future residents able to determine their own configurations. ’embracing the future with ambition, the building will be demonstrative of vertical housing in the urban environment,’ continues the design team. hamonic + masson won the competition to complete the scheme, which also includes a crèche and parking facilities, in 2017. no completion date has yet been forecast, however construction is on track to get underway soon.

hamonic masson videcoq
the project seeks to serve as a link between the city and the sea
image © luxigon

hamonic masson videcoq
the tower also includes a nursery and parking facilities
image © luxigon

hamonic masson videcoq
the scheme overlooks the bassin du roy as well as the town center
image © luxigon



project info:


name: videcoq project, site videcoq, le havre (76)
competition: won in 2017
phase: building permit
program: 70 private ownership apartments + crèche (60 cribs) + parking
developer: investir immobilier


design team
architect: hamonic + masson & associés
project manager: césar silva urdaneta
structural engineer: atelier masse
plumbing engineer: BET boulard 14
electrical engineer: BET bader
surface area: 6,000 sqm
images: luxigon

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