Atelier Du Pont – Social Housing Complex in Rennes, France PDF Print Email
Housing
Saturday, 09 January 2010 10:02

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The Lucien Rose complex, for the City of Rennes, includes 81 social housing units along with 1 public library. The original project was an initiative of Edmond Herve, Mayor of Rennes from 1977 to 2008. The design by architecture firm ‘Atelier du Pont’ reconciles the vocation of the project with perceptual identity of the neighboring area, that has historically belonged to the city’s more prosperous inhabitants: the downtown Thabor Botanical Gardens district.

The project could have degenerated in old trends from the distant past – a sort of ‘ghetto‘ where the poorer classes took over ‘posh’ neighborhoods but it has resulted in a happy marriage instead. An alchemy between radicalism and social integration, the old and the new, protected areas and sympathetic town planning, public facilities and social housing, the Lucien-Rose story is one of reciprocal enhancement for users and employees of the park and the library, and for old and new residents.

All photos © Luc Boegly

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Atelier Phileas - Animation Center in Paris, France PDF Print Email
Civic
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 04:26

Phileas_animation_03.jpg The complex is situated in the southern portion of the prestigious 16eme arrondissement of Paris, bordering the Seine. The entire block surrounding the project is dedicated to different sports and cultural activities.

The way that the building was oriented provides a complete and quite unique view on the river Seine. The opening towards that view came at a price, since it has also exposed the building to the noise and commotion of the dense traffic of the close-by Saint-Exupery wharf as well as the Parisian ring-road.

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Atelier Phileas - Centralised Command Headquarters of the Number 13 Parisian Subway Line PDF Print Email
Civic
Sunday, 28 December 2008 18:00

PHILEAS_Subway_03.jpg Located close to Paris, the city of Malakoff possesses a typical suburban fabric. Separated by the south beltway of the capital, this city, historically proletarian slowly evolved to a high-end neighbourhood for privileged white collars, willing to escape from the capital ambient stress. This close location allows them to stay in close contact with the city centre especially since it is well served by many metropolitan trains.

The site gets its character through several remarkable points. The subway station Etienne-Dolet, borders the West side of the building, creating a green frontage stretching through the whole depth of the site, Its built front, that develops on 180 metres, is covered with a low-grade cladding that projects a poor image for the current site. The construction is set in a large parcel of land with various neighbouring landowners that generate divers building alignments. One of the sides of the building borders a large greenway that stretches around the city.

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BP Architectures - Extension of Two Elementary Schools in Courbevoie (Paris Region), France PDF Print Email
Academic
Monday, 16 February 2009 01:24

BP_School_01.jpg Courbevoie, a residential district without any real urban markers, has two elementary schools located in the same block and sharing the same playground, but not the same school principal. One school was named “Logie” and the other “Anatole France”. As the need for public space grew, the City of Courbevoie decided that it wanted an extension, which it thought would be common to both schools.

BP Architectures, which was invited to bid on the project, did not see things quite the same way; instead of the ground plan sketched out by the municipal services, BP proposed not one but two extensions; two buildings within the same construction, twin structures arranged perpendicular to each other so that the observer has the strange sensation of seeing the same object from two different angles. Designing two buildings instead of one, allowed each individual school to achieve its own optimum functioning.

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KOZ architectes - Sport and leisure Center in Saint-Cloud, France PDF Print Email
Sports Facilities
Monday, 19 October 2009 07:00

An appealing, totemic building that you sense is designed for festive celebrations and young people, and that you might expect to find in Rotterdam rather than the uber bourgeois St-Cloud neighborhoods. Even if it is only 300 meters away from OMA’s Villa Dalll’Ava.
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