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7 Houses / Bigoni-Mortemard Architectes

  • 01:00 - 15 June, 2010
7 Houses / Bigoni-Mortemard Architectes
7 Houses / Bigoni-Mortemard Architectes

7 Houses / Bigoni-Mortemard Architectes 7 Houses / Bigoni-Mortemard Architectes 7 Houses / Bigoni-Mortemard Architectes 7 Houses / Bigoni-Mortemard Architectes +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Villejuif, Paris, France
  • Architects

    Stéphane Bigoni and Antoine Mortemard
  • Engineer

    SIMA Ingénierie
  • Client

    SADEV 94
  • General Contractor

  • Cost

  • Cost Per Square Meter

  • Area

    1030.0 sqm

From the architect. 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 . <>
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Yoyo · July 23, 2010


Doyle · June 16, 2010

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

esteban · June 16, 2010

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

Tak · June 16, 2010

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...

Henk Vos · June 16, 2010

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

I like
and love the 5th facade.

archilocus · June 16, 2010

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 · June 16, 2010 02:25 PM

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 !...

Raquel · June 16, 2010



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