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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.

DWELLINGS in TOULOUSE, FRANCE by MATEO ARQUITECTURA

 
May 10th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: MATEO ARQUITECTURA

In Toulouse, near the airport and the river Garonne.

A housing development that seeks to optimize the living conditions of each of its cells. The whole is broken down to prioritize the meeting with the domestic rather than insisting on the abstraction of the idea.

Image Courtesy ©  Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

  • Architects: MATEO ARQUITECTURA (Josep Lluís Mateo)
  • Project: DWELLINGS
  • Location: TOULOUSE, FRANCE
  • Photography: Adrià Goula
  • Client: KAUFMAN & BROAD
  • Project: 2011-2012
  • Construction: 2012-2013
  • Surface: 13.628 m2
  • Structural Engineering: BOMA Inpasa
  • Landscape: Manuel Colominas

Image Courtesy ©  Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

A complex of four independent but conceptually connected volumes (A, B, C and D) arranged around a semi-private garden.

A formalizes the street leading to it, its volume exaggerating the perspective.
B is detached, in the middle; it has to reflect light inwards.
C twists its volume to construct the corner.
D is lower (three storeys) and light. It encloses the complex at the rear gently, like a fence.

Image Courtesy ©  Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

A, B and C are finished in black and white brick, in varying but complementary proportions.

A, on the street tarmac, is mainly black (80% black, 20% white).
B, designed to reflect, is its opposite (80% white, 20% black).
C, at the corner, is balanced (50% white, 50% black).
A, B and C all have zinc roofs with the same pitch, which slide down the rear façade in B.
D, light and soft, has wood.

Image Courtesy ©  Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Based on this reasoning, the buildings were constructed with emphasis on the expressive capacity of artisan work as a sensible framework for human relations.

The garden is a recreation, using characteristic materials (gravels, sands …) and vegetation (poplars…), of the meander of the nearby river Garonne.

Image Courtesy ©  Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy ©  Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy ©  Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy ©  Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy ©  Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy ©  Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy ©  MATEO ARQUITECTURA

Image Courtesy © MATEO ARQUITECTURA

Image Courtesy ©  MATEO ARQUITECTURA

Image Courtesy © MATEO ARQUITECTURA

Image Courtesy ©  MATEO ARQUITECTURA

Image Courtesy © MATEO ARQUITECTURA

Image Courtesy ©  MATEO ARQUITECTURA

Image Courtesy © MATEO ARQUITECTURA

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