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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

Nanterre Apartments in France by X-TU

January 15th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: X-TU

Inserting volumes in the site: build a landscape

The architectural takes suggestions specifications and urban landscaping and wishes of a vertical fragmentation increased, and a breakdown in “skyline” of volumes. Thus we find:

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

  • Architectes: X-TU ( Nicolas Desmazières, Anouk Legendre )
  • Project: Nanterre Apartments
  • Location: Nanterre, France
  • Collaborators:  Project chief : nicolas jomain, joao saleiro, olivier busson, nada balazova
  • Client: Toit & Joie / Logipostel
  • Situation: Nouveau Quartier
  • Program:  167 Dwellings + Shops 765m² + Art Gallery 400m² + 194 Parking Spaces
  • Cost: 18,2 m-€
  • Total Floor Area: 16.460 M²  /  12 Levels
  • Contractors: Cet [Engineering] Le Sommer [Ecological]
  • Achievement: Under Study 2010
  • Materials: Prefabricated Concrete, Curtain Wall, Green Roof
  • Image Rendering: t. Saint guillain
  • Photographers: Luc Boegly, Daisy Reillet, Renaud Dessade

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

On the south side, a vertical fragmentation at the scale of urban terraces, which includes major flaws 6 to 10m requested. This vertical fragmentation reflected naturally in northern façade by real faults which let the light went on French provinces.

Along the latter, re-cut volumes are processed in two levels of heights: a foreground low across a neighborhood street and a higher background across the avenue terraces .

Image Courtesy © Daisy Reillet

The volumes are intersected vertically by faulting planted. These ‘traits cuts, the organization structure of the plan and provide transparency between the terraces and promenade French Provinces.

The volume are connected at the bottom to unify the whole vertical and sit this landscape.

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

These are accented by vertical contrast material between the south facade and interior flaws. Indeed, the south facade receives over-continuous glass facade forming emissions in winter and natural ventilation in summer.

On the spot, the volume turns stained concrete with a frontal balanced across the site.

The colored shapes cut in hollow volumes including

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

The assembly of volumes, vertical, horizontal and transverse shape the landscape, more or less fragmented, consistent in its diversity. All seems carved, sculpted in a common material.

It draws a city skyline cut freely in the sky each volume grows in height according to their needs: it is a system born of the multiplication and the inclusion of individuals …

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Tera 11

Tera 11 is born of a place, a cross, an overlooked,

With very emblematic

And very radical wogensky prefecture,

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

He asked for a writing tertiary

Be forgotten that the “domestic nature” ….

There followed a skyline inspired by distant cities,

Cutting with scissors,

Which restores the domestic scale.

Facade tertiary ambiguous cloud

Hiding houses, hyperactivity stages of its inhabitants,

Image Courtesy © Renaud Dessade

For tera 11 is a adventure offered to residents

For an alternate life, participatory

Facades greenhouses for lunch, cultivate,

Let the little one play, learn to soilless culture,

Vegetable gardens on the roofs to meet, gardening, find the sky

Many activities to share with neighbors,

And there is even the bees ….

Image Courtesy © Renaud Dessade

Image Courtesy © Daisy Reillet

Image Courtesy © Daisy Reillet

Image Courtesy © Daisy Reillet

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