‘nanterre apartment block’ by XTU architects, nanterre, franceimage © renaude dessade

 

 

 

a new design by nicolas de mazieres and  anouk legendre use the principals of volumetric forms to create a veritable, consolidates architectural language. the built form takes on a graphic sensibility as it breaks down the space of the skyline in ‘ nanterre apartment blocks.’ urban terraces are deconstructed into a landscaped negative of large-scale tetris-like composition. in the context of the andre wogensky prefecture, an area characterized by 1960’s large scale modernist blocks that emphasize space, height and geometry, the nanterre apartments absorb the historically prefabricated and streamlined forms while cutting its volumes with vibrant color.

XTU architects: nanterre apartment block, francethe buildings actively carve into the skylineimage © luc boegly

 

 

 

the assembly of spaces is additionally clad in a fritted glass facade that protects from solar heat gain and naturally ventilates in the summer.  the two sides of the complex are informed by the movement of light in the french province; low cuts across a neighborhood street complement the higher terraces that identify the avenue decks all while connected at a unified base. the block is completed by a network of interior circulation that leads to numerous vegetable gardens and green roofs, a gesture which restores the domestic scale to the work and cultivates a camaraderie between neighbors.

XTU architects: nanterre apartment block, franceglazing and built material become almost graphic in natureimage © luc boegly

XTU architects: nanterre apartment block, francethe massive apartment block is articulated by carved void space and colorful, materially sensitive claddingimage © daisy reillet

XTU architects: nanterre apartment block, francethe block is at once consolidated and enormousimage © luc boegly

XTU architects: nanterre apartment block, francecloser view of the exteriorimage © renaude dessade

XTU architects: nanterre apartment block, francea skin of fritted glass works with color and aperture to further collapse the dimensionality of the architectureimage © luc boegly

XTU architects: nanterre apartment block, france(left) one of the recessed terraces / image © luc boegly(right) interior circulation / image © daisy reillet

XTU architects: nanterre apartment block, francefritted glass skin is both aesthetically pleasing and functional in preventing solar heat gainimage © luc boegly

XTU architects: nanterre apartment block, francealternate terraces jut out of the main formimage © luc boegly

XTU architects: nanterre apartment block, francelobby viewimage © daisy reillet

XTU architects: nanterre apartment block, franceimage © daisy reillet

XTU architects: nanterre apartment block, francetwo hallway typologies(left) image © luc boegly(right) image © daisy reillet

XTU architects: nanterre apartment block, francenight view of the compleximage © daisy reillet