7 Houses / Bigoni-Mortemard Architectes

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Architects: Stéphane Bigoni and Antoine Mortemard
Location: Villejuif, , France
Engineer: SIMA Ingénierie
Client: SADEV 94
General contractor: DEMATHIEU & BARD
Cost: 1,447,000
Cost per square meter: 1,405
Building area: 1,030 m2
Photography: Courtesy of Bigoni-Mortemard Architectes

Located just outside of Paris, and protected from a very busy thoroughfare, the building is on a dead-end street surrounded by small buildings, houses and workshops. The architects had to work on the contradiction between the scale of individual housing and the desire to create density (in the face of ecological concerns).

Like a small medina, the seven houses are built around an alley. Four of the houses have their living rooms on the second floor, connected to the sky through a series of terraces leading onto the roof, where a small kitchen has been placed. The contrast between the austerity of the façades and the generosity of dimensions and light of the inner spaces is surprising.

The handcrafted finish of the white façades gives an almost Mediterranean atmosphere to the construction. The use of simple and economic materials allowed for very generous spaces inside (double story living rooms) and outside (terraces) for a low budget. A car park is also available underground.

Cite: "7 Houses / Bigoni-Mortemard Architectes" 15 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=64364>
  • Raquel


  • http://www.archilocus.com archilocus

    Another cheap trendy mimic of japanese architecture. What’s the point of the 50cm deep balcony on the pictures?
    The roof seems interesting though.

    • AMB

      Le balcon de 60cm permet de :
      1 – accroître la clarté par une large réflexion de la lumière sur le sol,
      2 – tout en préservant l’intimité des habitants par un garde-corps opaque,
      3 – prolonger l’espace par un écran végétal,
      4 – Use your imagination !…

      • http://www.archilocus.com archilocus

        Sorry to sound cranky ; of course it can do all of that (for non-french speakers, enhance natural light, preserve intimacy via an opaque railing and green screen), but how does this is achieved better with a 60cm balcony than with a deeper one which could also be used as a… balcony?
        And you forgot to say this an also help cleaning the outer side of the glass ;)

      • FOURYEAR

        Can you reply in english? So people could understand your comment AMB.

      • AMB


        And what about people who don’t speak english ???… french seems to me a beautiful language… you should lurn it !!! :-)))

      • FOURYEAR


        I wanna remind you that there are less people talking the french languauge (that is “magnifique” i agree)than the english one. And here we are not talking about the beauty of a language, but the point is to communicate about architecture, and make it easy to understand for everyone.Let’s focus on ARCHITECTURE and not FRANCE =D.And stop being “conservateur” By the way, thank you archilocus for your translation, was helpfull.

  • Henk Vos

    5-smoking area
    6-bowling alley
    7-cat garden
    8-bananatree growing space

    I like
    and love the 5th facade.

  • Tak

    I like the way these houses look like a MEDINA, we have to consider much more the context, which is the Parisian Suburb that is Villejuif . Once you enter into these houses, you re able to forget that you’re still in Paris! It feels like you’re living in southern countries.
    And by the way, i’m agree with HENK VOS, lets use our imagination : LOOK! In such a large balcony you can have a party, grow some weed, children can build houses on it with moving boxes, put a bed on it if summer is too hot…

  • esteban

    WOW! Simple but very nice! I like it! Keep it the good work frenchies!!

  • Doyle

    I agree with you tak, it really looks like houses in southern countries!

  • Yoyo