french architecture firm valode & pistre introduces ‘prado concorde’, a new multifunctional development situated at the entry of castelnau-le-lez, in south france. employing a distinct geometry with triangular balconies, the project is designed to combine collective housing with school and retail facilities, in a vast urban island surrounding a large valley-like garden.

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all images courtesy of valode & pistre



valode & pistre‘s architecture gives emphasis to the external extensions of the dwellings, so that residents can enjoy the advantages of the local mild mediterranean climate. each dwelling features a large balcony with its own separate tree. in this way, the design provides extra living space for the occupants, along with a pleasant outdoor area where they can sit and relax under the cool shade. 

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the project showcases an innovative structural system with balconies whose triangular geometry with variable cross-section takes up the efforts through cantilevers in line with the tree container built into its thickest part. this high- performance prefabricated concrete component is systematically offset between floors to allow enough air for each tree to grow. the advantages of these balconies go beyond their practical use; the play between their offsets and inversions and the combination of triangular prisms floating one above the other bring movement and lightness to the façade like a flight of birds.

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project info:

name: prado concorde
architects: valode & pistre
location: castelnau-le-lez, in south france



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edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom