hamonic+masson: villiot rapee
hamonic+masson: villiot rapee hamonic+masson: villiot rapee
may 03, 2012

hamonic+masson: villiot rapee

‘villiot rapee’ by hamonic+masson, paris, france all images courtesy of hamonic+masson image © sergio grazia





french based architecture firm hamonic + masson has developed ‘villiot-rapée’, a project that is a stone’s throws away from the gare de lyon in paris, france, whose business district was designed in the 1960s and 1970s by the architect louis arretche. the site is directly connected to the seine and is predominantly residential. the project embraces new concepts of living together primarily based on generous outdoor spaces, both private and communal.


the structure starts with the premise of being in contact with the outdoors, which is generally the privilege of a few city-dwellers. located near the seven-story blocks of flats these twelve-storey buildings have a 25-30 square meter terrace that winds around the living space at oblique angles. the vertical typology represents height as the upper levels stack on top of each other. from the interior, the mesh and colored glass surfaces create a feeling of privacy, within a contained atmosphere.

image © sergio grazia

image © sergio grazia

image © sergio grazia

image © sergio grazia

image © sergio grazia

image © sergio grazia

outdoor space image © sergio grazia

image © sergio grazia

  • Floor plans?

    rcvs1 says:
  • Difficile de trouver un vert plus laid et qu’est ce que ce sera avec la pollution en plus dans qqs années!!!

    Muriel says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

latest news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
502,536 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample