tetrarc architectes: boreal
tetrarc architectes: boreal tetrarc architectes: boreal
apr 03, 2012

tetrarc architectes: boreal

‘boreal’ by tétrarc architectes, nantes, france image © s. chalmeau all images courtesy of tétrarc architectes

‘boreal’ is a social housing complex with a double-sided exterior in nantes, france by french studio tétrarc architectes. positioned upon an estate from the 1930s, eleven gabled house-like structures are placed side by side creating a continuous volume. delicately divided in half with an axis at a 21 degree angle, the overall interior is separated into two entities, one with 6 rental units and the other with 5 residences. the dwellings are defined by a gridded glass facade which mimics a greenhouse offering unobstructed views to the personal garden plot adjacent to the building. shifted forwards and backwards, their stepped placement creates a varied rhythm within the elevation. garden plots provide a place for personal plant cultivation as well as a location to foster relationships between neighbors.

the opposite side of the premises offers a different appearance with a facade which resembles a vernacular barn. elevated upon posts, a structure formed with an elaborate wooden framework offers a mid-air connection between the duplex apartments.

personal garden plots are adjacent to the homes image © s. chalmeau

elevation comprised of eleven structures image © s. chalmeau

personal gardens image © s. chalmeau

top floor image © s. chalmeau

corner view from different storey’s image © s. chalmeau

interior of residence image © s. chalmeau

rental units image © s. chalmeau

wooden structure contains an open-air connecting corridor image © s. chalmeau

(left) freestanding unit mimics a vernacular wooden barn (right) path connects each unti to the corridor image © s. chalmeau

inside the corridor image © s. chalmeau

image © s. chalmeau

at night image © s. chalmeau

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

floor plan / level 2

floor plan / level 3

floor plan / level 4

roof plan




aerial of residences and gardens

project info:

competition: july 2007 study: september 2008 completion: 2011 gross internal floor area: building surface 3525 m2 shon, ramp surface 380 m2 shon, greenhouse surface 590 m2 shon, housing surface t2 (50m2), t3 (60m2), t4 (85 à 89m2) architect: tetrarc architects project manager: michel bertreux project director: daniel caud client: habitat 44 structural engineer: bet structure – iba, bet fluides – hays ingenierie quantity surveyor: 21 (rental houses) social housing (3 t2, 9 t3, 9 t4), 18 ( social houses) social housing ( 3 t2, 8 t3, 7 t4) excavation, outdoor planning: blanloeil shell: legendre wood framework: caillaud bois cladding: galifret thermal insulation: anvolit ramp, woodwork: mco dry walls: martin covering: rossi paintwork: debuschere parking insulation: proseco cleanup: nickel krom lift: arvor heating, ventilation: oce electricity: aes wire facade: arval coats: sto outside joinery: technal joinery, double skin frame: eternit lights: airfoil PVC flooring: forbo novibat rubber flooring: mondo sportflex landing doors: maleba greenhouse, roof/ polycarbonate: dantalon sanitary facilities: jacob delafon electrical distribution: alombard

  • I find the open-air wooden exterior looks like the building is still under construction. Not a big fan. But the first one, the glass fronted building, is incredible!

    Daniele says:
  • Great stuff!!! Minimum architecture, maximum space! (although I must say the wooden structure and the logic of circulation is more than a bit reminiscent of Edouard François’ social housing project in Louviers, but that’s a great project too, so maybe it’s ok!)

    Max says:
  • Stunning! I want one…

    Steve says:
  • Wicker man, anyone? Not the one with Nicolas Cage though.

    tom. Australia says:
  • a real estate development between a Lacaton Vassal facade on a side and an Edouard Francois on the other. sad.

    mathieu says:
  • The architect has sacrificed architecture for aesthetic. It’s a fair trade as it is absolutely beautiful to look at and I don’t have to live there.

    FUA says:
  • luv the first scheme

    gamehousehk says:
  • I live in Nantes and i’d love to live there.

    Matt says:

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