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  7. Urban Collage / Edouard François

Urban Collage / Edouard François

  • 01:00 - 19 November, 2012
Urban Collage / Edouard François
Urban Collage / Edouard François, © Paul Raftery
© Paul Raftery

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Champigny-sur-Marne, France
  • Team

    Maison Edouard François, Intégrale 4 (structure), Nicolas Ingénierie (Mechanical Engineering), Pre Carre (landscape architect)
  • Client

    Paris Habitat
  • Area

    9000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Paul Raftery
© Paul Raftery

From the architect. At Champigny-sur-Marne, respect of the context and the refusal to interpret it led us to take a unique position. The site is a grand ensemble that was built in the 1970's : a large zone of housing filled with towers and multi-story housing blocks near the old town center. The program asked for an urban renewal plan based on a new town center with shops and housing.

© Paul Raftery
© Paul Raftery

Assuming that the city is a complex body, we superimposed elements found on site: townhouses at the base, a housing block from the 1950's in the middle, and on the roof, single family homes. We organized them as archetypes to be read from bottom to top. The complexity of this project lies in the vertical superposition of these structural elements, shifting the three typologies independently.

© Paul Raftery
© Paul Raftery

Beyond the creation a new retail shops,, the perception of centrality is also reinforced by the creation of numerous entries, gateways, lines of sight, and alleys that open the block to passers-by. These anchor the project in its context. The townhouses have separate entries from the sidewalk. Their copper, zinc, and tile facades complete the scenography.

© Paul Raftery
© Paul Raftery

The quality of the housing plays a central role in this new story: the apartments open on two opposite sides and meet the highest standards of energy efficiency.

Courtesy of Edouard François
Courtesy of Edouard François
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jean claude van dam · November 20, 2012

This is the kind of idea a 1st year architecture students would think genius for a few days and then realize it is totally useless...

joe · November 20, 2012

looks like new belgrade serbia only without that fine finish.

Jon Rozenbergs · November 19, 2012

Nice. Someone managed to revitalize Colin Rowe

mina · November 19, 2012

must be joking...

H-J · November 19, 2012

Edouard Francois has discovered 90's MVRDV.


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