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.
Isles Bird in Nantes, France by ANTONINI DARMON architects
September 25th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: ANTONINI DARMON architects
After the fashion of the general conversion of the Nantes block, our architecture exploits the special elements of its environment and draws its beauty from the reinterpretation of these. Set in an ideal location, the building becomes a marker for a place to meet.
Client’s aim was to develop a social housing project that would be able to respect and respond to its immediate environment, this project has a great visibility from Nantes historical city on the other bankside. In addition to the obvious ambition to explore and improve existing typologies, the project had to be emblematic for the client (Nantes habitat); “Oiseau des Iles” project has clearly overridden its first challenge, it’s now a powerful landmark for the city and its people.
The great strength of the program and of its articulation resides in the duality which exists between the telluric plinth, a monolith on a pedestrian scale, dedicated to the shops and intermediary housing and the community accommodation which rises up out of this block, becoming almost aerial. It loses its shape and undulates in order to delineate the different functions of the program, making them recognizable.
Resolutely grounded, linked to the land and blended into the region, block is the link between housing, the city and its users. The community building is a slender volume rising towards the sky where it culminates in a point, a steady prow, proving to be simple but strong.
Echoing the urban thread, the facade receives a skin like surface, an almost living moucharaby or lattice work, alternating between solid, void and the movement of the shutters as they are opened and closed. Offering great outdoor spaces, accommodation is made of individual houses, duplex, and more standard flats, that all have generous angle living spaces and remarkable outdoor spaces. Our reflection was mostly dedicated to these spaces.
On Ground floor, they are made garden that also buffer with public spaces, patios that protect the inhabitants from the climate and create atypical spaces. Outdoor spaces within the “tower” are in sling that expands among the exposition, they can blind in order to house laundry, cellars, or other. They can filter; see but not be seen. They can open fully to benefit all great views around.
Simple but subtle, the structure in concrete receives different teatments of external facade . Block is covered with wooden laths. In withe building, Full-perimeter balconies (storage, weather protection, privacy…) are enclosed in a square, wind-breaking grid in painted steel. The cells of the grid are partly open, partly screened with solid infill or perforated panels, either fixed or sliding. The slopping roof incorporates solar panels.
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