Housing in Auvry Barbusse / Tectône

Housing in Auvry Barbusse / Tectône

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Aubervilliers, France
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  • Architect in Charge

    Pascal Chombart de Lauwe as Lead Architect, Etienne Chevreul-Demas as Projet Manager, and Audrey Alcindor as Assistant
  • Construction Management

    B3P (Philippe Porcher, Attila Cinal)
  • Wood framing and cladding

    Charpente Houot (Philippe Neurrisse, Alexandre Rei)
  • Main structure

    VFB construction (Arnaud Derrien, José Mendes)
  • Roof covering, plumbing, eating, ventilation

    UTB (Arnaud Bonazzoli, Corentin Provost)
  • Partition walls and wood finishing

    Euromib (Marcel Fernandez)
  • Electricity

    IDEE (Philippe de Almeida)
  • Metalwork

    Sucla BRL (David Guiavarch)
  • Gardens and pipeworks

    Dufaÿe Mandre (Aurélien Jessionnesse)
  • Engineers

    Elithis Ingénierie (Quentin Antoine) / Eléments ingénieries (Caroline Imbert) / Buchet (Matthieu Esteve)
  • Client

    Bouygues Immobilier (Tristan Lucchetti, Xavier Bodeau, Laurence Corda, Clarisse Delon, Emmanuel Ducloux)
  • Usable Area

    2450 m²
  • Gross Area

    3200 m²
  • Budget

    5,700,000 EUR (VAT excluded)
  • Calendar

    2011 - 2015
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© Christophe Demonfaucon
© Christophe Demonfaucon

Text description provided by the architects. As part of the urban renewal of the « Auvry Barbusse » district, in the city of Aubervilliers, the construction company Bouygues Immobilier launched in January 2011, an Architecture competition for the project management of 39 multi-family housings, 3 craftshops, and a carpark. The architects were given the constraint of using wood for the building structure and to team up with the appropriate contractor in order to work from the early design with their know-how and construction processes.

© Lucile Chombart de Lauwe
© Lucile Chombart de Lauwe

The Site: The Auvry Barbusse district covers 1.5 hectares. The project site is located at 25/31 Rue Auvry. It was occupied by former industrial premises. The shape of the site provides a long facade linear on street side, suitable for commercial premises, and a direct access to the Square Jean Ferrat on the other side, offering views on the gardens. The Architecture firm Tectone associated with the Houot Company for wood framing wins the competition in May 2011. The project is respectfull of the master plan of the urban planners (TOA architects - Olivier Meheux). The design takes inspiration from suburban houses and « faubours » walkways. Thus, there are three buildings and two walkways allowing crossings from street to gardens and offering a great convivality.

© Christophe Demonfaucon
© Christophe Demonfaucon

The ground floor: One enters the building from the Rue Auvry at the north. Two walkways allows to access the entrance halls of the 3 buildings. The access to the housings is gradually offering privacy: when entering from the street, one finds an entrance gate opening on a courtyard and leading to the local craftshops. Then one goes through a planted walkway, untill a second gate finally opens on a private garden leading to the entrance halls.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

The Housings: The operation has 4 floors and 39 flats, including : 3 studios, 9 one-bedroom flats, 17 two-bedrooms flats, 7 three-bedrooms flats, and 3 four-bedrooms flats. Each flat offers a double or triple orientation, and has at least one balcony or terrace. The outviews guarantee privacy to everyone and from the balconies one gets south orientated views on the public garden.

© Christophe Demonfaucon
© Christophe Demonfaucon

There are 3 to 4 flats at each level, and the last floor is dedicated to large two-storey flats.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

The Structure: The building structure is mixed: both concrete and wood. The entire infrastructure, the ground floor and the stairs and lifts cores are made out of concrete. The ground floor has an exterior finish of a very neat white concrete, including efficiant thermal insulation. The construction of the two-storey flats at top floors is entirely made of wood (columns, beams, joists, floors, ...).

© Christophe Demonfaucon
© Christophe Demonfaucon

The Architectural Design: Wood frames of the facade are pre-made in factory. Then they are cladded with a no-treatment pine, giving therefore natural finish that will evolve over time. The double skin has a protective role : shading from the southern light and maintaining a comfortable temperature during summer; as well as ensuring privacy from the outside. The wooden shutters slide into the gap of the double skin, in order to protect the shutters from bad weather.

© Christophe Demonfaucon
© Christophe Demonfaucon

The Environmental commitment: The project meets all environmental requirements and specifications of Green Labels. For instance : rainwater is collected in a recovery tank, located underneath the carpark ramp at basement floor, allowing water supply for sanitary and gardens. The project takes also advantage of the multiple orientations to provide maximum of natural light.

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Cite: "Housing in Auvry Barbusse / Tectône" 28 Jun 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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