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26 Apartments / Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes

  • Architects: Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes
  • Location: Choisy-le-Roi, France
  • Architects: Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes
  • Engineering : Iratome B.E.T
  • Budget: 2,184,000 euros HT (1040 eur/sqm)
  • Contractor: OPAC / Val de Marne
  • Area: 2100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Courtesy of pierre alain trévelo & antoine viger-kohler architectes

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From the architect. This project is poised to make a statement about what social housing can be: to provide high quality housing at controlled costs, and promote a strong architectural image in the city.

Courtesy of  pierre alain trévelo & antoine viger-kohler architectes
Courtesy of pierre alain trévelo & antoine viger-kohler architectes

The 26 units in the building are distributed around a core stairwell in order to take advantage of the site’s angled position. The service rooms are grouped together at the center of the building, and the living rooms benefit from a double exposition. The vista of the Seine and the surrounding landscape is thus largely visible. The load-bearing façade allows for the elimination of bearing walls in the apartments in order to leave open new possibilities over time.

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Courtesy of pierre alain trévelo & antoine viger-kohler architectes

While the apartments are based on a logical principle of organization, the arrangement of the balconies is what gives a unique character to each unit. Each apartment benefits from a private outdoor space: gardens for the ground floor, balconies for the middle floors, and large terraces for the top floors.

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Courtesy of pierre alain trévelo & antoine viger-kohler architectes

The choice of a principle, continuous material for the group of façades expresses a sense of unity and reinforces the geometry of the Ilot.

The exterior is enriched by the diversity of balconies that create a random visual play on the façade. The utilization of bricks as a facing adds further complexity to this imperfect site, and gives one the perception of a façade that is constantly changing.

Courtesy of  pierre alain trévelo & antoine viger-kohler architectes
Courtesy of pierre alain trévelo & antoine viger-kohler architectes
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