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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.

Real Estate Complex La Mantilla in Montpellier, France by Jacques Ferrier architecture

 
December 19th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Jacques Ferrier architecture 

Architectural intention

La Mantilla answers the functional mix programme defined for the mixed development zone Jacques Coeur in Montpellier. With an approximately 32,000 m² surface area, it provides shops, restaurants, housing, a student residence, offices and a public car park.

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

  • Architects: Jacques Ferrier architecture (Philippe Bonon, Philippe Cervantes)
  • Project: Real Estate Complex La Mantilla
  • Location: Montpellier, France
  • Photography: Luc Boegly
  • Client: Bouygues Immobilier, Pragma, Urbanisme et Commerce
  • Project Manager: François Marquet
  • Architect Partner: A+ Architecture

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

  • Structure: SARL André Verdier Ingénieurs Structure
  • Fluids: BETSO
  • Economist: l’Echo
  • Acoustics: AMO HQE / High Environmental Quality assistance
  • Cost: 31,1 M€
  • Area: 32000 m²
  • Completion: 2015

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

The complex is designed as a coherent built landscape and organised around an interior garden that acts as its federating element, exemplifying the approach taken to the ongoing design of this city. Three grand staircases lead up to the 1st floor level hanging garden that provides users and residents with a pleasant social space opening onto the city. As well as the staircases, there are also a number of openings that contribute to creating a feeling of transparency and lightness.

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

On the southern side, Place Pablo Picasso marks the gateway to the city. Particular emphasis is placed on the verticality of the buildings, whose silhouettes rise up from the surrounding landscape, underlining this new urban identity and providing a strong signal. On the northern side giving onto the Jacques Coeur Lake, the view opens generously onto the hanging garden with its cafés and restaurants linking the public and private gardens.

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Like other projects designed by the studio, a unifying element, in this case a white mineral mantilla, is used to encompass the architectural language of La Mantilla while offering a reinterpretation of Mediterranean architecture. Its pattern takes the form of a lattice that wraps around the balconies and loggias, providing subtle tonal variations that change with the time of day.

From an environmental point of view, the project complies with Low Energy Consumption Building standards and reflects the studio commitment to sustainable development.

By simultaneously placing emphasis on both the use of the building and its users, the design is a highly contemporary project that avoids all fleeting architectural.

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Image Courtesy © Jacques Ferrier architecture

Image Courtesy © Jacques Ferrier architecture

Image Courtesy © Jacques Ferrier architecture

Image Courtesy © Jacques Ferrier architecture

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