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La Minoterie / TANK Architectes

  • 01:00 - 5 November, 2009
La Minoterie / TANK Architectes
La Minoterie / TANK Architectes, © Jean-Pierre Duplan photograph
© Jean-Pierre Duplan photograph

© Jean-Pierre Duplan photograph © Jean-Pierre Duplan photograph © Jean-Pierre Duplan photograph © Jean-Pierre Duplan photograph +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Roubaix, France
  • Architects

    TANK Architectes / Olivier Camus & Lydéric Veauvy
  • Architect In Charge

    Lucie Vandenbunder
  • Client

    M. Rouar
  • Budget

    $3,409,800 Euro
  • Area

    1972.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The project deals about the rehabilitation of an old flour-mill and an industrial building in lofts along the canal of Roubaix. The structure was in very bad shape, and is now open to let the natural light enlighten the flats.

© Jean-Pierre Duplan photograph
© Jean-Pierre Duplan photograph

The project isn’t a single renovation but also questions the notion of accomodation and offers to each flat, an outside space, a loggia, a balcony or a terrace. The extension dropped on the roof creates terraces and offers outstanding views towards the town and the canal. The technical methods to restore the concrete structure lead to a work on the brutality of material.

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SUNGMIN LEE · May 06, 2010

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pit · February 13, 2010

Réalisation qui présente le paradoxe d'être à la fois prétentieuse et très cheap. On dirait les infrastructures des HLM des années 60. Le patrimoine industriel a été bradé. Sans tomber dans le côté "bienvenue à l'usine", les architectes auraient pu mieux prendre en compte l'esthétique du 19ème siècle et mettre mieux en scène ce patrimoine industriel architectural typique.

shatha · November 23, 2009

I don't agree with the design. Architecturally speaking, it's like they have glueed the cubes to the building.

robert · November 09, 2009

o d d

^roof plane:))

Nathan · November 07, 2009

I like the intervention. The previous building was a dog anyway.

JP · November 07, 2009


mario bijou · November 06, 2009

---> Salome, on s'en fout de la sensibilité...

Un geste osé... bravo les gars! et bravo également au Maître d'Ouvrage et à tous ceux qui ont contribué à permettre d'ériger ce type de construction.

Salome · November 06, 2009

Oh YUK!!! I definitely agree with Shreyas!
Where is the sensitivity?

joninberlin · November 06, 2009

I agree with 'Larry King' this is 'nonsense and arrogant' architecture with no regard for the existing context. This project is embarrassing!!!

Regarding the statement from 'MZ': who refers to this as an "innovative way to deal with the old substance...without destroying the character of the old." ARE YOU BLIND???!!!

Not only is the project weak, and lacks the refined quality that successful projects posses, it also destroys the quality of a neighbouring building.

The peculiar concept of 'Parasite' does not mean that the host building should look like its riddled with cancer.

Architects need to place less energy on being bold. Instead, more energy should placed in considering the effects/scars their 'bold' ideas might have on the overall quality of the environment.

Ralph Kent · November 06, 2009

Shreyas - I can understand the point you are making, but equally, if you are going to put a balcony on a building, there's no point unless its 2m / 6ft deep (Christopher Alexander - Pattern Language - and he's totally correct on that one - it won't be used). So that defines one of your horizontal axes. Obviously the architects wanted the impression to be the modern concrete slabs and cast walls penetrating the old warehouse, so that defines your balustrade widths and the balcony depth to 'read' across from the old. Now obviously all those are design decisions stemming from the new block, but given those parameters, the balconies were an 'outcome' as opposed to a willful design. I think I quite like this knitting approach. It may not be the most original, and I remain unconvinced about the standard 'set back' penthouse floor, but I've seen a lot worse version of 'new into old'.

Shreyas · November 06, 2009

At first glance, this looks like a good integration of the old and the new as someone has already said, but on closer observation it actually takes away the charm of the old brick structure; the balconies dominate too much...personally yours truly is for contemporary architecture and beyond, but this gives you the feeling of an ignorance for the old aesthetic.

in short, too 'heavy' balconies ! ;)

Martin · November 06, 2009

Oh wow, that really ruined it.

Other than the fact it now looks like social housing, there's nothing innovative in the plan or design.

Random pockmark balconies, check.
Recycled design, check.

Dariusz · November 06, 2009

love the penetrating nature of this building. Not often do you see exisiting situations that the buildings have to deal with.

Nice !

larry king · November 06, 2009

trerrible house. nonsense architecture with arrogant integration and no respect. !!!

Waela · November 23, 2009 12:44 PM

I couldn't agree more. If I had done this in my basic design course, I think I would have been kicked out of architecture school!

zoltan · November 08, 2009 05:17 AM

you are a true knower of contemporary architecture, i see...

JP · November 07, 2009 12:33 AM

bla bla bla..

olivier · November 06, 2009

Heureux de voir de belles chose dans le Nord de la France!

MZ · November 06, 2009

Very creative, innovative an contextual way to deal with old substance. It achieves a new whole, without distroying the character of the old.

In the everyday european architectural practice you allways have to deal with some kind of existing building: additions, renovations, and when nothing else, then you have an existing city-texture. Projects on empty green field are exeptions, thats why I find inspiring to see a good example of this kind.

panza · November 06, 2009 03:16 PM


Freg · November 06, 2009

Great work by Tank,

I live 15 km from that loft building.

The building has been divided in 44 units.

To have an idea of the price :

- a unit of 104 m² with a loggia of 13 m² is around 136 000 €
- a unit of 167 m² with a terrace of 146 m² is around 336 600 €

Many units are still for sale, you can find some of theme here :

You can find pictures taken during the rehabilitation here :

See you :)

novan · November 06, 2009

looks like geometry alien invasion on the old building...nice combination anyway

Bo · November 06, 2009

I think its Parasite-building. But looks very curios.
Serious: very nice integration of new and old, simple and clear!


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