LAN architecture rhythmically inserts windows + balconies in french community housing
 
LAN architecture rhythmically inserts windows + balconies in french community housing
nov 18, 2015

LAN architecture rhythmically inserts windows + balconies in french community housing

LAN architecture rhythmically inserts windows + balconies in french community housing
all images by julien lanoo

 

 

 

paris-based practice LAN architecture (local architecture network) has recently completed a residential project located in bègles, a suburb of bordeaux, in south west france. comprised of 72 modular apartments, ‘carré lumière’ is composed of the two structures characterized by the rhythmic placing of square and rectangular openings. the aim was to provide an adaptable and community-driven type housing.

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the building is only seven meters in depth, constructed like a parking lot and ornamented with industrial motifs

 

 

 

the idea behind the development was to ‘reinvent’ community housing. the design of the apartments revolves around the consideration of the inhabitant’s privacy mixed with the enjoyment of sociability. the adaptability is emphasized by its malleable envelope that has the potential to grow, accommodating to a possible increase in capacity. each residence can be adjusted in according to the resident’s needs, in the way they can add and remove rooms within the framework that has already been constructed.

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bègles was built at a cost of €1,000 per m², a price below the current price in this region, and double the surface area

 

 

 

LAN’s scheme is an example of inter-seasonal architecture. the hybrid climatic model has been ingrained into the construction which complements the specific climate its south west location in france. the bio-climatic design incorporates the efficient insulation used in nordic countries, while also featuring mediterranean patio-style spaces. the variable compactness introduces the notion of the housing’s flexibility, both on a large scale to the rhythm of the seasons and changes in climate on any given day. everyone has the option to use their outdoor space as a windbreak, a greenhouse, or even as a cooling unit.

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each apartment can swap its winter garden for an interior space in order to increase its living area

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the bio-climatic design draws influence from nordic and mediterranean building systems

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the building has been wrapped entirely in a paneled cladding

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the scheme is located in bègles, a suburb of bordeaux, in south west france

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the 72 apartments were commissioned by ataraxia, a property management company

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the project will enable people to live in a place that can evolve with them

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residents have the option to use their outdoor space as a windbreak, a greenhouse, or as a cooling unit

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