Architects: Stéphane Bigoni and Antoine Mortemard
Location: Villejuif, Paris, France
Engineer: SIMA Ingénierie
Client: SADEV 94
General contractor: DEMATHIEU & BARD
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.