On the facade, the verticality is enhanced by the withdrawals, the sets of bricks, and the different materials. The clay brick blends with the warm colors of the masonry of the surrounding context and contrasts with the metallic coating. On the ground floor, deeper indentations mark the street entrances that serve all dwellings.
They share the common courtyard at the back while the upper accommodations enjoy balconies and private rooftop terraces and an opportunity to densify a wasteland site by ensuring a coherent integration with its neighbors. The two-story layout also allows for a hierarchical arrangement of spaces for the privacy of the occupants, and the vis-à-vis is to the advantage of the latter since the floor level is raised in relation to the street.
The layout of the living spaces located on the second floor contributes to the animation on the street and to the optimization of the space. The regulatory requirements that required some reflection for this project can be summarized as maximized zoning, construction at the edge of the lot, respect for heritage, and integration with the environment. The urban insertion is also part of this reflection as well as a green area on the roof.
The core process of the project consisted on transforming the mono-functionality of the apartment into a project where there is a central and open catalyst space shaped by a series of additional programs. The result is a domesticated square, surrounded by a series of small mono-functional rooms: Entrance hall, office room, intimate corridor, guest room, kitchen and terrace. They all have a direct access to the central square and nourish each other with different interfaces and relationships.