Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
CHL Social Housing in Chalon-sur-Saône, France by Ateliers O-S Architectes
November 23rd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Ateliers O-S Architectes
The building adopts the inflection of the street, while the gabled facades usually blind are open to the neighborhood. A wide deck adjacent to the building overlooking the central garden, articulates and connects its level with the ground floor apartment level.
The project reflects a process of dialogue against the reluctance toward the social housing realized by a property developer. Because we gain the trust of our client, we were able to work in partnership to meet the needs of this project (density, cost surfaces, simple organization of the units), while working on the specific urban conditions and the quality of the outdoor private spaces.
The project contrasts with the heterogeneous architecture of the neighborhood, and brings a hint of color and a sensitive daring. The floors slide with each other, creating the effect that the volume gradually opens out. As a boat deck, the balconies are real external rooms that are now inhabited in many different ways.
Most of the apartments have several exposures, because of the different situations offered by the building. A void in the garden facade also provides light to several adjacent apartments. Each room has an outdoor extension. The balconies become real appropriated places allowing different uses, protected by the slats of the facade.
The plans of the apartments have been optimized to reduce the surface of the corridors. Generous openings light up all the rooms including kitchens.
The project is part of an environmental approach, respecting the THPE 2010 objectives and the CERQUAL profile A certification. To achieve these objectives the thermal insulation of the building is reinforced and all thermal bridges phenomena are reduced. The compact construction also minimizes heat loss. The solar orientation has been optimized to take advantage of free solar gain.
This project is a simple answer to the sustainable development concerns and to the particular urban context. It is an ambitious project for a social property developer who has transformed an ordinary commission to provide quality housing with generous living spaces.
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