Quint & Sens have provided a new way to live with its 3m-deep loggias, designed as cocoons. Overhanging Avenue Nina Simone, this white building accommodates 132 affordable and sociable housing units located over a transparent business plinth. Its solid and homogeneous architecture blends into the built-up landscape of the new Port-Marianne District. The mass effect is lightened by the cutting of large vertical openings with deep yellow borders and light grey metallic or dark wooden safety railings to break the continuity. Behind the large bay windows, carefully sculptured housing units shelter wide terraces as a natural extension of the residential areas. The apartments, all of which cross through, open on to the surrounding area while retaining privacy. Two major extensions provide panoramic views of the Georges Charpak Parc. Their upper levels are crowned with large flat roofs. With its contrast of sun & shade and vegetable & mineral, Quint & Sens is a must to contemplate.