ZAC Paul Claudel / CAAU

  • 25 Feb 2013
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Architects: CAAU
Location: ,
Area: 10748.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo

The project consists of a proposal for urban and architectural development on a site at the entrance to the city with a tangible character of both town and country. This privileged geographical position leaves the site an open field characterized by a “transitional” nature between the urban environment and the rural one.

© Julien Lanoo

Between town and country, in a semi-urban landscape, the program calls for a mixed density of housing – single-family, townhomes, and multifamily apartments – encouraging a social mix. The architecture and its position in the landscape will give the development the area a sustainable identity. The “comb” shaped layout of the buildings allows for housing units that are longer than they are wide, taking advantage of the landscape that penetrates and spreads throughout the site on a north-south axis, offering visual perspectives and allowing the lateral penetration of sunlight into the narrow plots.

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The essence of the project put forward rests on the quality of its landscaped environment, the architecture of which seeks to respect the current and future ecological balances and to bring an exceptional quality of life to future occupants. The project adopts a high quality environmental approach and meets the requirements for Housing & Environment certification.

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