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Cenon / Habiter Autrement + Ateliers Jean Nouvel

  • 01:00 - 9 July, 2013
Cenon / Habiter Autrement + Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Cenon / Habiter Autrement + Ateliers Jean Nouvel, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

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  • Architects

  • Location

    5 Rue Pierre Mendès France, 33150 Cenon, France
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Mia Hägg, Sandrine Forais / Jean Nouvel
  • Project Managers

    Sandrine Forais, Elise Camus
  • Architectural Consultant

    Jean-Jacques Raynaud
  • Team Members

    Mathilde Jauvin, Aimée Lau, Félix Medina, Louis Mangin, Nicolas Métro, Marcel Züger
  • Area

    6852.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Competition Team Members

    Pawel Krzeminski, Lina Lagerström, Kasia Jackowska, Noélie Sénéclauze
  • Landscape

    Ewen Le Rouic, Irène Djao Rakitine, Céline Aubernias
  • Graphics

    Natalie Saccudefranchi
  • Sustainability Consultant

    Franck Boutté, Transsolar (competition)
  • Structure Consultant

    Khephren Ingénierie
  • Façades Consultant

  • MEP Consultant

    LBE fluides
  • Cost Consultant

    Georges Ventre
  • Technical Inspection

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© Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

Cenon has a typical suburban form of disparate housing blocks spread out over a flat territory, but on an early visit to the site, Habiter Autrement found a beautiful umbrella pine tree growing there, and the idea of making a pine wood became the starting point of the project. The wood creates a specific environment to which the building form can relate and, when full-grown, the trees will help to create a pleasant distance between apartments, giving their inhabitants the feeling of being in their own park without abandoning a vital density.

© Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

The apartments are unusually spacious, around 150 sqm, and unusually long, about 30 m. The building’s E-shape gives half of the apartments a triple orientation, with internal visual connections between facades. To the south, foldable glass walls open to loggias with thick rectangular railings. The undersides of the loggias and the railings are tinted with a gradation of bordeaux reds, creating an abstract linear pattern on the south facade. On the north facade, winter gardens are enclosed by vertical glass panels of varying transparency, a reference to French ateliers d'artiste (artist’s studios).

© Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

On the lateral facades, which face the courtyards, the primary focus is the pleasure of colours and reflections. The interior of the window shutters are painted in white, yellow and orange, and the stainless steel cladding reflects the bright colours and the changing sunlight.


The roof terrace is covered with vegetable gardens for each resident, where they can enjoy sunny afternoons, cultivating tomatoes and cucumbers while looking out over the pine wood below.

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Cite: "Cenon / Habiter Autrement + Ateliers Jean Nouvel" 09 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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