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.
HOUSE 2G in ORSAY, France by AVENIER CORNEJO ARCHITECTES
September 15th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: AVENIER CORNEJO ARCHITECTES
Located at the end of Rue Georges Clemenceau, at the entrance to the university grounds, the plot of land offered the advantage of a three-way view, including one on the park. The clients of the Avenier Cornejo architecture firm were friends of friends. The project developed in a relaxed atmosphere where the architects were allowed a great deal of freedom. The family was open to any proposal for their new home as long as it offered plenty of light, a quality which had been lacking in their previous residence.
The challenge of the project was to set a contemporary ecological house in a traditional suburban environment, making the most of the view on the park. The ground in the area is damp and required deep foundations for the supporting structure. In order to conform to French RT 2005 ecological standards, the house was built in Monomur brick. In addition to basic insulation, a layer of wood fibre insulation was wrapped around the external walls of the home, while its compact volumes limit energy loss. But a solution had to be found to respect building regulations and fit in with the surrounding landscape. The idea of an all-wood house came about: red cedar wood siding would be used to clad the simple volumes and create a radical effect. The spacing between the wood strips – which overhang certain windows – would filter and redirect the omnipresent light, making the angular interior walls vibrate throughout the day.
The end result: the sober exterior offsets and enhances the sculpted interior, where one large volume unites the two levels of the home. An indoor patio provides additional light for the bedrooms and bathroom, the staircase structures the ground floor, and the original layout offers optimal views of the landscaped garden. Over time, the untreated wood cladding will gradually take on a silver-grey patina that will age gracefully and gently blends into its surroundings.
ChristelleAvenier and Miguel Cornejo (born in Chile) founded their firm in Paris in 2008, after finishing their studies at the Écolesupérieure de Paris Malaquais.
They were selected as one of the “Europe 40 under 40” 2014 architecture firms, which awards emerging young architects. They were also nominated for the 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award and the French award “Équerred’argent” 2014 for the project “Les Lilas”.
In the wake of this, Avenier Cornejo is in the design phase on various projects: housing, sheltered accommodation, children’s facilities, and medical installations; and in the construction phase on several other projects in Paris.
The firm’s approach is above all inventive. Each project gives rise to a process of reflection, each expectation has several possible answers but, whatever the architectural desire, the goal is to bring about a fertile reaction.
“We want to take the time to design and build with pleasure, so as to ensure quality. Experience confronts us with constraints: the better we grasp them the better we can master them, so as to design freely.”
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