Urban yet bucolic, this project rounds out the urban renewal of the Courghain district in Dunkirk’s suburbs. The venue is divided between the very city-oriented square of the same name and a watergang (a small Dutch-like canal). All the more so because the city’s urban planner called for facades on each of the surrounding streets and blocks on the square while the project only contains 57 social housing units.
Three periods and three buildings: the Renaudin house, a large 19th-century mansion resting peacefully at the foot of a listed cedar tree, overlooking gently sloping grounds very close to the town center; a bland extension from the 1980s; and the new building designed by the agency that highlights the grounds’ plant-life heritage and its topography in order to clarify the way this venue is seen and is incorporated into its select environment.
French architectural practice MZArchitecture carried out the architectural and interior design for Yo’Mo Lounge, an upmarket Lebanese and Mediterranean lounge restaurant in the heart of Cannes, South of France. The 200m² restaurant has three main areas – a lounge furnished with armchairs and sofas designed for convivial aperitifs, the main restaurant with bespoke banquette seating, and a 12 seat private chef’s table with a view to the open kitchen.
The extension is the Alzheimer wing of the establishment. Located on the south of the plot, it supports bedrooms and the common area in continuity of the ground floor of the residence and covers a parking lot on the plot-ground. It is also a retaining wall which has permitted to extend, flattened and thus to, make the garden accessible by the elderly.
Based on the thematic “gardens of the deadly sins”, Bloom creates an abstract and fairy space between profusion and reserve. Exploiting contrasts of colors and volumes, a large slender table comes to encircle the object of all the desires, the garden. This furniture invites the passers to contemplate the vegetable feast all while preventing the access there, manufacturing a mixture of amazement and desire. To support this duality, Bloom exploits the disparities.
The main wall of “Breath Box” is reflective, facing the horizon. It does not only recreate the image of the sea, it transforms by its own attributes. The wind comes lift the many reflective modules, providing a duality between visual experience and reflection ripple.