jakob + macfarlane: herold social housing
jakob + macfarlane: herold social housing jakob + macfarlane: herold social housing
mar 01, 2011

jakob + macfarlane: herold social housing

jakob + macfarlane: herold social housing all images courtesy jakob + macfarlane architects image © james ewing




parisian architecture studio, jakob + macfarlane has designed ‘herold social housing’, an accessible residential and commercial compound located in paris, france. inclusive of street level shopping and 100 private residences, the structures are a result of urban and ecological conditions.

dictated by a fragmented site, the complex features three separate buildings that were designed as a response to their urban and environmental context. connecting each volume is a web of pathways and public spaces that navigate around a landscape bound by setback restrictions, the preservation of ancient trees and unbuildable land rules.

private balconies surround each structure image © nicolas borel




originally derived from a three-dimensional matrix, the residential unit is comprised from various layers of jarring and shifting planes. private balconies encircle the structures, mapping out their organic forms and providing each building a sense of movement. vertical slats splice the otherwise horizontal orientation, defining the shrinking and expanding form and diving individual units from the next. unimposing panels clad each building, uniting the three forms together while allowing them to blend in to the surrounding landscape.

pathways connect one building to the next images © nicolas borel

public spaces are situated between the units image © nicolas borel

image © nicolas borel

interior view of one private residence image © nicolas borel

image © james ewing

looking towards all three structures image © james ewing

three dimensional matrix

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level +1

cross section

longitudinal section

  • The angles in plan feel Smithson-ish. Maybe will be a bit nicer with some plants on the balconies.

    bill says:
  • “social housing” is another term for ghetto. What’s the difference between social housing and housing. Is housing you get a yard and social housing you get stacked on top of your neighbors? Yuck! Someone design a solution to the social housing issue!

    blah says:
  • blah: in Paris even the richest of the rich live stacked on top of their neighbours (and Paris inside the Périphérique is hardly a working-class city anymore – it must be the single most expensive city in Europe). In fact, for the standards of the parts of Europe where dialects of Latin are spoken and especially big cities such as Paris, Milano or Barcelona, this is rather spacious. I think you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    bluh says:
  • Love the shape, the concept, the fact that it makes social housing look beautiful and attractive. It has a beautiful rosy flesh color which I’m very much partial to and looks like it might be the start of those lovely sci-fi buildings that are always so economical and practical.

    Stephanie says:

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