Haussmannian flexibility. 40 housing units in Paris by LAN Architecture

The project pays homage to Paris and its 19th century Haussmanian architecture. A perfect extrusion of the lot, the project introduces the notion that, through flexibility and by emptying an architecture of its program, a building can generate a potential that will develop along with urban development, allowing it to readily respond to changes in its use.

 

© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo

 

The renowned French architecture office LAN Architecture have designed a new building in Clichy-Batignolles in Paris, paying homage to its local, historical architectural style from the nineteenth century in a contemporary way. LAN Architecture is the winner of the French National phase of the BigMat International Architectural Award.

Lot 4.2 is part of the new Clichy-Batignolles mixed development area and is located at the edge of boulevard Pereire. It has a unique urban situation. Ensuring the connection between these two architectural worlds is one of the challenges of this project, which also renders homage to Paris and the architecture of the 19th century. The Haussmann building has in fact revealed itself to be an extraordinarily open form of architecture capable of absorbing other uses than its originally intended ones. Our idea has been to exploit this sense of flexibility by creating an architecture that forms part of the city’s current logic, but which also offers solutions to current and future challenges. The building seeks to anticipate needs and changes by proposing a full reversibility between a residential and an office building. It uses a similar framework as for office buildings; the composition of the façade alternates one full module with two empty ones together with the core of the circulation, this ensures the structure. The size and regularity of the door and window openings, which are identical on the three façades, create a general image of the building without specifically denoting its use.

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Seasonless house, an “active playground” by Casos de Casas

The architects proposal for clients in Vinaroz, Castellón, is a house that consciously disassociates itself from its built environment in order to achieve one for itself –a landscape of domestic activities and possibilities on the inside of the house.

 

Seasonless house. Casos de Casas Ⓒ Jose Hevia

Seasonless house. Casos de Casas Ⓒ Jose Hevia

 

What do you expect of a house located on a Mediterranean resort city in which two different seasonal inhabitation models shift all year round? Spanish office’s Casos de Casas answer to this question is, actually, to propose a new way of living –a crossroads between compact, urban, high-density housing and laid-back, holiday home architecture. A seasonless house.

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