In words of Marc Barani (French member of the panel of judges): “The structure provides a number of convincing solutions to the matter of tower blocks and high-rises. Without doubt, this project is best described as an oxymoron: compact/bright, bars/flexible, rational/diverse, concrete/scalability. A work there to serve its inhabitants, where the architect has wisely fused classic and modern culture.”
86 Lodgements in Lyon, France, by Éric Lapierre Experience.
BigMat ’17 Architecture Category Prize
Project title: 86 Collective Housing Units
Location: Lyon, France
Office: Éric Lapierre Experience
Authors: Eric Lapierre
Type of work: Private
Photographs: Eric Lapierre
This housing project of 86 dwellings is based on a reflection about thick housing buildings, 21m in this case. This compactness allows for creating a singular spatiality within the typical small French housing surfaces, while satisfying strict requirements for energy consumption. A concentric concrete structure of walls defines a series of thresholds and the displaying of different functions. One result is the absence of a corridor in the floor plan, consisting of a series of rooms.
Some of those are inner ones, and others are outside ones and displayed with no hierarchical relationships. Double height living rooms are linked to double height outside rooms. The latter ones are also linked to single height outside rooms located above the kitchens and giving on to the upper level bedrooms. Thus, apartments are surrounded by outside spaces with thickness that confers them a true interiority. Only the concentric concrete walls – core and facades – are structural.
All the perpendicular walls are solely separators, allowing for the building to evolve over time and during operational phases, to adapt to the changing demands during conception. The structure is continuous from the car park to the roof. The economies arising from this rationality allow for the funding of the glazed ceramic facades, giving a strong sustainability to the buildings.