The ‘Golden Cube’ student residence project is situated on the ‘A4 East’ sector of Le Trapèze. This particular lot acts as a point of liaison between the existing Boulogne and the new construction development. Here there is a strong importance surrounding the uni cation of urban density, diversity and pleasure, underscored by the incorporation of ecology and bio-diversity, in order to integrate nature into the heart of the urban environment.
Some of the fundamental principles that guided the programmation and construction of A4 East were a coherence and harmony of buildings, limitation of vis-à-vis, construction at intermediate height to maintain a human scale and a blending of exterior and interior limits by offering loggias and exterior space. The guiding principles of these student halls of residence were standardization, self-regulation and a maximization of internal space. This project, with its 156 rooms in an 8-story building taking up almost the entire plot, is no exception to this rule. There is nonetheless a secret gar- den, as the project coordinators, Loci Anima, were keen to reintroduce some biodiversity onto the island.
Every at has an outdoor area. A 1.5-meter recess allowed us to include loggias along almost the entire façade. The building’s outline is blurred by the use of filters, water effects and openings in the perforated sheets of steel. It is also dotted with birdhouses. The occupants cannot interfere with them and they require no maintenance. We were confronted with a dense setting and the client’s demand for cost-effectiveness. Despite a compact context, offering quality of use was an imperative. After all, students are humans and not a product. The design process consequently revolved around this problematic: is it possible to propose a different living environment where life is the main subject ?