The idea of the project is a reflection on the "band" as a unifying element allowing the whole of the three buildings to be harmonious beyond the different materials found on the facade (brick and plaster). The band is expressed on the facade in the form of continuous spandrels that go around each building. Depending on its context and orientation, it takes on a more or less open and dynamic character. Balconies of various sizes extend in the continuity of these bands and thus bring a volumetric dimension to the facade.
On the street/block side, the band takes on a more urban and dynamic character where the basic height of the bands of 1m55 (5 ft.) varies according to the layout of the housing. A sectional work is done in order to adapt the height to the different spaces: living room, kitchen, and bedrooms. Thus, the size of the windows is optimized and allows to regulate the energy performance of the envelope. In contrast to the urban side, the garden facade becomes more serene. The height of the bands becomes constant and the presence of wood is enhanced. The balconies take on a more generous dimension as a sort of synergy with the surrounding garden.
These different variations are a major point of the project and enhance the very simple volume. The fluctuation of the band according to its environment creates a certain sophistication in dialogue with the compact volume and provides a clear architectural identity of the whole.