Building: Nanterre Apartments
Location: Nanterre, France
The architects behind this large housing block were very careful to keep the building to scale. "Cutting with scissors", they ensured that the architecture retained a "domestic scale", creating playful figurative voids ("+" signs, L-shaped oblongs) that span the length of the facades and which form terraces and elevated public spaces. The mega-block is divided into 5 cubic volumes of varying sizes ("a skyline of volumes") that are connected by corridors and communal halls. The hull of the structure floats above the ground and over retail space. On the roof, vegetable gardens, recreational areas, and even beekeeping units help endear neighbors to each other and to partake in urban experiences together. See more of this project in the Architizer database here.
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