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  7. Golden Cube / Hamonic + Masson & Associés

Golden Cube / Hamonic + Masson & Associés

  • 05:00 - 8 April, 2016
Golden Cube / Hamonic + Masson & Associés
Golden Cube  / Hamonic + Masson & Associés, © Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Christophe Demonfaucon © Sergio Grazia + 32

  • Developer

    Nexity
  • Co-ordinating architect

    Loci Anima
  • Engineering consultant

    Aretec

  • Land surveyors

    Legrand
  • General contractors

    Bouygues Bâtiment
  • Programme

    156 student dwellings + parking
  • Cost

    4.5 M € HT
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© Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

Text description provided by the architects. The ‘Golden Cube’ student residence project is situated on the ‘A4 Est’ sector of Le Trapèze. This particular lot acts as a point of liason between the existing Boulogne and the new construction development. Here there is a strong importance surrounding the unification of urban density, diversity and pleasure, underscored by the incorporation of ecology and bio-diversity, in order to integrate nature into the heart of the urban environment.

Diagram
Diagram

Some of the fundamental principles that guided the programmation and construction of A4 Est were a coherence and harmony of buildings, limitation of vis-à-vis, construction at intermediate height to maintain a human scale and a blending of exterior and interior limits by offering loggias and exterior space.

© Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

The guiding principles of these student halls of residence were standardisation, self-regulation and a maximisation of internal space. This project, with its 156 rooms in an 8-storey building taking up almost the entire plot, is no exception to this rule. There is nonetheless a secret gar- den, as the project coordinators, Loci Anima, were keen to reintroduce some biodiversity onto the island.

© Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia
Site Plan
Site Plan
© Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

Every flat has an outdoor area. A 1.5-metre recess allowed us to include loggias along almost the entire façade. The building’s outline is blurred by the use of filters, water effects and ope- nings in the perforated sheets of steel. It is also dotted with birdhouses. The occupants cannot interfere with them and they require no maintenance.

© Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia
Detail
Detail
© Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

We were confronted with a dense setting and the client’s demand for cost-effectiveness. Despite a compact context, offering quality of use was an imperative. Afterall, students are humans and not a product. The design process consequently revolved around this problematic: is it possible to propose a different living environment where life is the main subject ?

© Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Golden Cube / Hamonic + Masson & Associés" 08 Apr 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/785107/golden-cube-hamonic-plus-masson-and-associes/> ISSN 0719-8884
© Sergio Grazia

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