OFF architecture: logements anglet in france
OFF architecture: logements anglet in france OFF architecture: logements anglet in france
nov 22, 2011

OFF architecture: logements anglet in france

‘logements anglet’ by OFF architecture + duncan lewis SCAPE architecture, anglets, france all images courtesy of OFF architecture

paris-based OFF architecture in association with duncan lewis SCAPE architecture have proposed ‘logements anglet’, a social housing block placed upon two adjacent sites in anglet, france. blanketed with a layer of lush vegetation, the volumes are generated by a pair of axes which denote the form and function of the various buildings. considering access points into the complex from the surrounding context, the structures separate or lift from the ground creating pathways and tunnels into the large central garden dividing the property. emerging from the earth, the native flora and fauna become the dominant visual building material, concealing the conventional concrete and masonry construction beneath it.

south perspective from the rue jouanicot

oriented north to south and spanning 12 meters in length, the facades are comprised of balconies for the 70 apartments contained within. organized with a 2.5 meter grid, the modular system is pushed and pulled to respect local height regulations as well as maintaining views for each of the 98 residences. the dense masterplan attempts to reconcile the effects of development by restoring green spaces to the urban fabric.

building lifts to allow visitors to access the central garden

roof terrace

apartment / balcony

interior view collective building north

context plan

axon of site

floor plan / level 0



site section

site section

(left)  the volume begins as a green layer (right) volumes are cut to offer north-south orientations

(left) every volume is partitioned by a constructive grid (right) the elevations of the volumes are shaped in order to allow maximal view

(left) a passageway is created to define 3 parts of the structure (right) the shape exploits the difference in height to respect level limitations

(left) green roof finds its form by respecting local restrictions (right) green spaces are offered on the ground floor and south facing balconies on upper levels

(left) terraces are created in the north to offer cultivated gardens (right) site access

(left) vertical circulation (right) horizontal circulation

balcony details

site shadows diagram

project info:

location: anglet, france client: office public de l’habitat de bayonne architect: OFF associated to duncan lewis SCAPE architecture engineer: terrell landscape: cyrill marlin floor area: 7 350m² NGF budget: 8.5 m EUR HT

  • beautiful – synthesis of a wild field and housing, this should be the basis for social housing worldwide.

    EA Berlin says:

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