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.
68 Social Rental Housing Units, 1 Residence For Physically Disabled Persons in Vigneux-sur-Seine Commune, France by MARGOT-DUCLOT Architectes Associés
July 22nd, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: MARGOT-DUCLOT Architectes Associés
The project on the city-block E2 appears as a singular and unique object; It signals the idea of a renewal of the main entry point to this neighborhood. This is why the architects chose to experiment with the implementation of two quality materials that are both complementary and opposites: brick for its domestic thickness and for its strong reference to the ground and to neighboring red brick façades; lacquered metal used for the lightness of this material and because it discretely hints at the comfort of the housing units and the use of balconies, while still avoiding their exposure to viewers from the street.
The project’s architecture integrates three scales of perception:
• An urban perception of the neighborhood: this is manifested in the dynamic and skewed views from the Avenue de la Concorde, and from the new streets in the neighborhood. It mainly refers to the contours and profile of the coping and to the line of acroteria, to the relations between diverse buildings and to the unusual hues and textures of the façades. It translates the first perception of the neighborhood for people arriving from the avenue Henri Barbusse: it surprises and incites people to come and have a look around.
• A finer architectural reading: the perception at the pedestrian level underscores the importance of the treatment in brick on the ground floor, the implementation of materials, the style of the façades composed of semi-transparencies and opacities, and the porosity of the block and its green spaces. It makes it possible to qualify the domestic nature of the housing units in relation to the street.
• To these scales are added the expression of two programs: one addresses the collective housing and imposes its urban presence, the other, the Residence, will express a program rather more like a large family house, in a reference to the avenue Charon.
This interlocking of scales guided the architects’ architectural strategies and the volumetric choices.
MARGOT-DUCLOT Architectes Associés
The architecture firm of Margot-Duclot architectes associés was founded in 2011 by Gilles Margot-Duclot and Guillaume Margot-Duclot. Their office aims to design buildings, which, in addition to providing shelter, must also be welcoming with stylish hospitality. To achieve this requires a savant blend of a number of qualities: the attention paid to one’s guests, mastering the art of hospitality, for their pleasure, discretion, to impose nothing and indispose no one, elegance, to honor them, comfort, accuracy, and amenities, to put them at ease, sobriety, to avoid embarrassing excess, duration, so time does not weigh on them. And with enthusiasm, to make life more beautiful.