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.
Marly House in France by Karawitz
March 5th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Karawitz
To live happily, live openly
On a tree-lined street in Marly-le-Roi a small community very close to Paris where high fences traditionally isolate each house and its garden, there is a house which reaches out to its neighbors creating a feeling of urbanity previously lacking on these parts. Because urban policy does not allow one house to open up to another to achieve the openness effect, this house is moved forward its parcel to open widely onto the street. A perforated galvanized-steel fence allows the passers-by to look in at the garden, which actually runs under the house that seems to levitate on its plot. It is also an invitation to enter: the access is made from this underground level beneath the actual house, where the firewood is stored and the car parked. The layout of the ground floor is characterized by the fluidity of its three spaces, which are organized around the central fireplace, which alone endures the entire heating of this passive house. The kitchen and an intimate living room are located on either side of the carved staircase of a single piece of prefabricated steel, while two steps higher a living room crossing opens onto a vast terrace with a cantilever onto the street. This house blurs the boundaries between private and public to the benefit of user-friendly rooms that also open onto the outside.
The privacy of the inhabitants is maintained in the upper level rooms by high windows, which direct the view skywards. Throughout the house raw materials (steel and concrete) are left exposed creating a sense of authenticity for this 145 m2 solid wood CLT prefabricated house. Everything is a pretext to awaken the curiosity of the passers-by, the pre-grayed larch cladding that envelops the whole thing right up to the rafts, thanks to the absence of covers, to the fold of the main facade – which opens a perspective towards the garden . The house really does seem to have achieved the lofty dream it was targeting with such clarity.
The KARAWITZ agency was founded 10 years ago in Paris, headed by an architect of origin Bulgarian, Milena KARAnesheva, and an Austrian-born architect, Mischa WITZmann. They met at the Technical University of Vienna. Their journey in Austria and their Pioneers of bioclimatic architecture: their In fact the first to have certified a passive building – the Bambo house in Bessancourt, And a passive renovation.
After a number of collaborations with the Austrian and then Parisian agencies (Massimiliano Fuksas, Architecture Studio and others), the duo created KARAWITZ in Paris in 2006. They were awarded the VIZAR European Architecture Prize and the Special Prize of the Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria then inaugurate their first certified passive house. The “Bamboo House” » Is the subject of publications in magazines and dailies, and earns them a nomination for the Prix de Première Oeuvre. Cécile Duflot, then Minister of Housing, will visit it: it is the first time that a member of a government will officially take an interest in passive buildings.
In 2010, the agency won the “Diapason” competition for a participatory housing project On the edge of the Canal de l’Ourcq in Paris. It will eventually be taken back in 2013 by Ogif then Delivered in the form of 23 intermediate units in 2016. In 2014 the agency is Of the first public tender in BIM launched by Expansiel-Valophis, for 56 units and Shops in Savigny-le-Temple. The project will also be the winner of the Ademe program For Life Cycle Analysis. In addition, the agency has just won a housing project Participating in La Verrière (78), it rehabilitates offices in Nanterre and Paris, and Requalification of a building in downtown Orléans in intergenerational housing. Ten years after its creation, the agency focuses on four main areas of applied research Between theory and operational practice:
1. the construction of individual habitats in the suburban with the ambition to build on Plots and constraints, and to integrate contemporary writing and Bioclimatic in regionalist contexts;
2. the question of grouped housing as a formidable enrichment in the way To “make the city”. This one is developed within the framework of the three projects Diapason in Paris 19e, Gagnier Guy in Paris 20th and currently Tintamare in La Verrière (78);
3. the rehabilitation of offices and the transfer of tertiary buildings, around new uses (Nanterre) and innovation and energy performance (rue des Jeûneurs Paris 2e);
4. the question of contemporary architecture in areas with a climate and a very Different from ours as in Yaoundé.