Text description provided by the architects. THE LOCATION
The plot is located in the old popular neighbourhood of « Amidonniers », between the Garonne and the Canal du Midi. This parcel of land is mainly occupied by a shed, the last element of a former foundry now converted into houses. The shed is a mixture of masonry columns and a workshop like facade facing the street, both of which combine to support a sloping steel roof framework. The industrial building is much damaged. It reflects the history of the site has a peculiar ambiance, and constitutes a vast void space offering interesting potential.
THE MARTEL FAMILY
The Martel family consists of three characters with strong personalities: Cécile, Philippe and Camille. The expectations of each were clearly stated at the beginning of the work programme. The Martel family integrated very well with the need to commit strongly to the project and actively took part in the conception process. The precision and exigency involved in researching a specific functionality gave rise to a brief that enhanced exchanges and discussions.
Designing a «custom-made» project by translating the personalities of the residents and maximizing the potential of the site. Building a «house-tool» dedicated to the functioning and quality of life, with no formal a priori. The interactive work when planning the project incorporating the needs and desires of the client body allowed a hierarchizing of priorities:
- A living space that accommodates residents while preserving their independence
- Multiple and various personal spaces and common spaces
- Specific spaces and adjustable spaces allowing undefined usages
- A peaceful yet active home to receive grownup children and host friends
The house blends into its environment; it reveals itself from the inside. Simple in its expression, precise in its organisation and generous in the quality and variety of its spaces, the house seamlessly responds to the personalities of its occupants.