40 Housing Units / LAN Architecture

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-based LAN Architecture won the competition organized by ICF Novedis to design the block 4.2 of the new Cardinet-Chalabre urban development zone in Paris, France. More images and architect’s description after the break.

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The major urban interest of Ilot 4.2 lies in its position: it will act as a fulcrum between Boulevard Pereire and the new ZAC (Urban Development Zone), creating a kind of transition between ‘black and white photograph’ Paris and the more extensive, three-dimensional city beyond.

Ensuring this transition was the core concern underlying our strategy, which involved trying to understand the fundaments of the Haussmanian typology.

We regard our proposal as a tribute to Paris, to an architecture defined by the city’s specificity and logic, but with the additional demand of having to provide solutions to current and emerging problems.

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The project’s conception is based on the regularity of its façade. The interplay of matter and transparency defines the envelope of the ensemble, which for urban planning reasons has to take up the entire plot, and therefore have the same ground plan.

Each apartment is organised around a large loggia, an extension of the interior living space outside. In winter the loggia can be closed to create an additional living room, despite the cold. In summer the loggia helps ventilate the interior. The arrangement of the loggias creates an interplay between matter and transparency across the facade. Clad with wood, the loggias become its recognisable elements, enlivening the regularity of the windows, so that the building, seen from a distance, expresses itself from within, like a colour chart.

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The regularity and size of the openings and the ceiling height render the building’s definition in terms of use ambiguous, and the choice of structure reinforces this. Only the facades and circulation core are load-bearing, leaving maximum freedom for the arrangement of each floor. The building can therefore change use in the future when required.

Architects: LAN Architecture
Location: Paris, France
Team: LAN (lead architect), Bollinger-Grohmann (structure), Agence Franck Boutté (HEQ consultant), LBE (fluids), Jp Tohier & Associes (surveyor)
Client: ICF Novedis
Project Area: 3200 m2
Budget: 5M € excl. VAT
Project Years: 2010-2013

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "40 Housing Units / LAN Architecture" 05 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 17 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=80649>

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    I think the exterior walls are the half of the width of what they should be and such curve is pointless, an exaggeration in my opinion; is almost a straight line.

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      Funny thing there`s no curve, checkout the plans !

      Nice design and very neat Elevations.

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        There is most definitely a curve…study the site plan. the river + setback creates the curve in the plan. It is sad that the criticism of this project is limited to: 1. a person who looked at the drawings for half a second and then made a comment that was as irrelevant as it was misinformed. 2. Renderings.

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      You sound grumpy.

      It’s a nice scheme and very nice renders. The plans are clearly at an early concept level but the exterior walls show two materials (the second much lighter).

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    very nice clean robust appearance! but isn´t the floor-plan kind of sad? it is funny they present this ‘bio climatic’ section with an arrow suggesting ventilation while most of the flats do not have any possibility of cross ventilation. having seven flats per floor accessible only by one spiral staircase? french firecode must be quite loose:)

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    Or the french use fire elevators… and no one told us about it…

    Beautiful design- yet… a little boring. Beautiful renders though…

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