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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.

Callot B1 Housing in Nantes, France by Jacques Boucheton Architectes

 
May 7th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Jacques Boucheton Architectes

Following the partial demolition of a social housing units, this project expresses a link between the historical district and the vale of “Dervallières” while re-introducing an appropriation of the nearby green spaces.

terraces of the reconstructed building, Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

terraces of the reconstructed building, Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

  • Architects: Jacques Boucheton Architectes
  • Project: Callot B1 Housing
  • Location: 16-24 rue Jacques Callot and rue Nain- NANTES 37 44, France
  • Photography: Stéphane Chalmeau
  • Client: Nantes Metropole Habitat
  • Area:

    • Refurbishment: 4 558 sqm
    • New area: 1 618 sqm
  • Cost:

    • Refurbishment: 2,5 M€
    • New Building: 2,3 M€
  • Project Year: 2015

Rehabilitation of existing corridors, Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Rehabilitation of existing corridors, Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

The volumetric aspect consists of a new building attached to a larger old building complex. The project thus sets up in the axis of the composition of the original plan, in order not to obstruct the East-West perspectives of the neighbourhood, and make the project fit in the important site topography. Stretching eastward, the project conveys the will to anchor the building over the vale and the Renoir street, major axis of the revival of the eastern part of the district.

general view-a new building attached to a larger old building complex, Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

general view-a new building attached to a larger old building complex, Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

A new building less imposing, Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

A new building less imposing, Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

The project results from the combination of three entities. The perception of the five-storey apartment block facing Callot street is radically scrambled by its shortening, and the visual separation of its lower floors. These levels now establish a base fitting into the landform, an intermediate building with lively terraces facing the pedestrian path. The new eastern construction extends the composition with a simple volume, a five-storey apartment block standing on a base.

 terraces of the reconstructed building, Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

terraces of the reconstructed building, Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Details of the lining of the rehabilitated facade, Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Details of the lining of the rehabilitated facade, Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

The design of a light metallic framework, inspired by the composition grid of the old building and the close ones, enables a consistency of the whole building complex. Stretching the silhouette of the new building to the lower floors of the old building, this structure accommodates new functions.

New terraces of the building rehabilitated, Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

New terraces of the building rehabilitated, Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

New construction colonize the building rehabilitated, Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

New construction colonize the building rehabilitated, Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

The combination of steel and wood for the new building and the refurbishment of the old lower floors conjures up a shared imaginary realm of gardens and parks, in close relation with the near green spaces.

The unvarying and monochrome coating of the Callot building makes it easily understandable, while giving it back the elegance of a simple horizontal building.

Building before demolition and rehabilitation rue A. Renoir, Image Courtesy © Jacques Boucheton Architectes

Building before demolition and rehabilitation rue A. Renoir, Image Courtesy © Jacques Boucheton Architectes

Building before demolition and rehabilitation, Image Courtesy © Jacques Boucheton Architectes

Building before demolition and rehabilitation, Image Courtesy © Jacques Boucheton Architectes

corridors before refurbishment, Image Courtesy © Jacques Boucheton Architectes

corridors before refurbishment, Image Courtesy © Jacques Boucheton Architectes

Image Courtesy © Jacques Boucheton Architectes

Image Courtesy © Jacques Boucheton Architectes

Image Courtesy © Jacques Boucheton Architectes

Image Courtesy © Jacques Boucheton Architectes

Image Courtesy © Jacques Boucheton Architectes

Image Courtesy © Jacques Boucheton Architectes

Image Courtesy © Jacques Boucheton Architectes

Image Courtesy © Jacques Boucheton Architectes

Image Courtesy © Jacques Boucheton Architectes

Image Courtesy © Jacques Boucheton Architectes

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