Balavoine – St Brieuc

Residences

St Brieuc

2014

Residences

St Brieuc

Throughout this project, it was enriching to be able to examine the challenge of developing contemporary collective housing. How does one provide an identity to each dwelling in an ensemble that contains forty six? How does one individualize with success?

The premise was simple: use a single material for each residence. Using two materials, we were thus able to imagine random combinations akin to a checkerboard. Simply, through the color of the material, one can quickly distinguish each accommodation. We know that distinction is a guarantee of quality in the collective habitat. To make it so that one’s housing is no longer lost in the mass allows for the basis of personalization.

For the sake of this distinction, architecture lends coherence to the neighborhood. This is a harmony that we find in the smaller units because the residences are grouped into blocks of four, which then helps to facilitate the creation of social ties.

Program
46 residences
(34 intermediary residences
+ 12 pavilions)

Client
Côtes d’Armor Habitat

Partners
47°N / Astec

Surface Area
3 100 m²

Budget
4 150 000 €

Years
2009 - 2014

Performance Level
BBC RT2005

HQE Targets
1,2,3,4,7,9,10

Technical Equipment
Landscaped swales
Condensing gas boiler
à condensation
External insulation

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