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‘Viravent’ housing by Martin Duplantier Architectes (FR)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 10.07.2014 - Tagged as: ,

'Viravent' housing by Martin Duplantier Architectes, photos: Yohan Zerdoun

‘Viravent’ housing by Martin Duplantier Architectes, photo: Yohan Zerdoun

‘Viravent’ by Martin Duplantier Architectes is a housing complex in Metropolitan Bordeaux with 112 flats that “integrates into an existing urban fabric more than imposing upon it”.

 

 

'Viravent' housing by Martin Duplantier Architectes, photos: Yohan Zerdoun

‘Viravent’ housing by Martin Duplantier Architectes, photo: Yohan Zerdoun

“In terms of volumetrics, the two buildings follow the sloping topography of the site.” say the architects. “The segmentation into two separate panelled buildings allows the project to better blend in with the environment. Long expanses of unbroken façade are rare, and the sight lines follow the sloping of the hills.”

 

'Viravent' housing by Martin Duplantier Architectes, photos: Yohan Zerdoun

‘Viravent’ housing by Martin Duplantier Architectes, photo: Yohan Zerdoun

“Laid across the entire length of the parcel, the two buildings offer panoramic views over Bordeaux and its environs. Furthermore, a dialogue is created between three differing scales: that of the neighbourhood, which has not changed, that of the city, which can be seen from the project, and that of the home, which contrasts its compact interior spaces with its generous exterior.”

 

'Viravent' housing by Martin Duplantier Architectes, photos: Yohan Zerdoun

‘Viravent’ housing by Martin Duplantier Architectes, photo: Yohan Zerdoun

“Though they appear autonomous from one another, the two blocks are connected via their basements with two levels of underground parking. The figure-ground thus creates a densely planted courtyard in the middle of the housing block, where the terraces climb, denoting the complex topography of the building site.”

 

'Viravent' housing by Martin Duplantier Architectes, photos: Yohan Zerdoun

‘Viravent’ housing by Martin Duplantier Architectes, photo: Yohan Zerdoun

PROJECT DATA
Calendar: studies (2009-10), construction (2011-12), delivery in 2013
Project name: Viravent, 112 flats in Cenon
Location: Rue Emile Zola/Rue Henri Descot – Cenon
Client: Immobilière Sud Atlantique
Architects: Martin Duplantier Architectes, Laurent Duplantier Architect
Project architect: Jean-Baptiste Monthiers
Engineers: P.Roncon BE Thermique, Guenolé BE VRD
Landscape architect: Anouk Debarre Paysagiste
Partnerships: Sogeda (structural), RollingStores (blinds), DavidDavitec (plaster), CapVert (green spaces)
Areas: secondary space : 7 280 sqm, habitable
space: 6 776 sqm
Budget: 8,5 M€HT
Date of delivery: 2013

 

to the Martin Duplantier Architectes website

 

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