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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.

79 Collective Housing Units in Bègles, France by LAN architecture agency

 
November 24th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: LAN architecture agency 

A new, ecological and social living space geared to the 21st century. The project’s richness and major interest lies in the possibility of inventing an urban lifestyle set in a highly experimental framework enabling the affirmation of new ecological and contemporary architectures.

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

  • Architects: LAN architecture agency 
  • Project: 79 Collective Housing Units
  • Location: Bègles, France
  • Photography: Julien Lanoo
  • Client: Ataraxia
  • Program: Construction of a complex of apartments, shops and business premises
  • Timetable: 2009
  • Cost: €7,5 M excl. VAT
  • Surface: 6 500 m²
  • Phase: Under Construction
  • Team: LAN, Agence Franck Boutté (HEQ), Batiserf Ingénierie (structure), Michel Forgue (quantity surveyor), LBE (fluids)

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

The diversity of architectural propositions and communal and private spaces had to ensure and enhance this specificity. The first stage was to ‘sculpt’ the volumes in order to exploit their urban potential and intrinsic spatial qualities. We directed our research towards a hybrid typology combining the house and the apartment.

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

The principle underlying our approach was that of stacking containers, and careful study of habitat modes, climatic conditions and the sun’s trajectory throughout the year suggested the way to organise this. The project’s column-slab supporting structure has a system of lightweight façades providing ultra-high performance insulation levels.

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

The relative narrowness of the buildings dictated a strategic search for compactness. The idea of variable compactness introduced the notion of a housing unit’s adaptability to seasons and times of day. All residents have the possibility of using their exterior space as a windbreak, a mini-greenhouse or, conversely, as a means of cooling or ventilating.

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

The morphology of each unit stems from the wish to develop housing units enabling a variety of uses very simply and with no extra technological input. We are therefore proposing cross-building units with adaptable exterior spaces and at least two different orientations.

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Image Courtesy © LAN architecture agency

Image Courtesy © LAN architecture agency

Image Courtesy © LAN architecture agency

Image Courtesy © LAN architecture agency

Image Courtesy © LAN architecture agency

Image Courtesy © LAN architecture agency

Image Courtesy © LAN architecture agency

Image Courtesy © LAN architecture agency

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