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Pile ou Face Houses / TANK Architectes

  • Architects: TANK Architectes
  • Location: Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France
  • Architects: TANK Architectes / Olivier Camus & Lydéric Veauvy
  • Architect In Charge: Mathieu Berteloot
  • Budget: $225,000 Euro
  • Constructed Area: 146 sqm
  • Area: 365.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Pierre Manuel Rouxel

© Pierre Manuel Rouxel © Pierre Manuel Rouxel © Pierre Manuel Rouxel © Pierre Manuel Rouxel

From the architect. The project takes its origin when two couples of friends bought two semi-detached plots and tossed them up. Their will to build two twin houses that match together give a particular feature to the project.

© Pierre Manuel Rouxel
© Pierre Manuel Rouxel

The two houses are made of interlinked volumes which allow each of them not to have direct views on the other but to take advantage of a detached house in town.

© Pierre Manuel Rouxel
© Pierre Manuel Rouxel

On the street side oriented north, the house is established 5 meters back from the street. The 1st floor-room is built in an awkward position that creates a canopy sheltered from rain ans gives to the room natural light from the western window.

© Pierre Manuel Rouxel
© Pierre Manuel Rouxel

The houses are planned around a cross, transparent place which has a vocation to distribute the different functions of the house : stairs, the transparent corridor on the 1st floor, the patio which enlightens the bathroom and offers a view towards the sky.

© Pierre Manuel Rouxel
© Pierre Manuel Rouxel

The way the two families took possession of the places, the living spaces and their gardens make everybody feel like living in a single house while in a semidetached!

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