32 Housing

This thirty flat housing project is located in the heart of Montpellier, in a confined plot, in the middle of protected wooden area.

32 Housing - Courtesy of Mathieu Ducros

32 Housing – Courtesy of Mathieu Ducros

The challenge of the project was to successfully integrate two dense buildings, of respectively six and four levels stories, in a preserved and heterogeneous environment: the architecture had to fit in with surrounding traditional style houses but also with modern buildings built in the seventies. These buildings are in tune within this complex context due to their architectural language, volumetry, and contemporary style.

32 Housing - Courtesy of Mathieu Ducros

32 Housing – Courtesy of Mathieu Ducros

The narrowness of the plot is intended to best set up the buildings to get interesting frames while concealing them from any nuisances. Buildings face each other, have different heights and are oriented to improve views and natural lighting.

32 Housing - Courtesy of Mathieu Ducros

32 Housing – Courtesy of Mathieu Ducros

The facades shelter, behind a game of crinkles conceived to limit the view of the building opposite, large and private loggias but also balconies made to provide tranquility for residents by removing co-visibilities. Attics are designed like vast petals made of textured and stained concrete in an analogy of the immense pines of the site.

32 Housing - Courtesy of Mathieu Ducros

32 Housing – Courtesy of Mathieu Ducros

Thus all flats benefit from large exteriors and the top floors are seemingly nested in the trees where you can get a unique panoramic view of the city. Flats are bright and are never mono-orientated. A focus on openings, orientations, solar protections and thermal performances fit with the environmental approach of the project.

32 Housing - Courtesy of Mathieu Ducros

32 Housing – Courtesy of Mathieu Ducros

The characteristic molding on the façade is embodied in an interplay of material and contrasting colors. Materials are nobles and perennials: concrete, thermo-lacquered steel, rooftops, and gravels.

32 Housing - Courtesy of Mathieu Ducros

32 Housing – Courtesy of Mathieu Ducros

The project enjoys a specific conception of the landscape design which reinforces the original qualities of the site: bamboo, mulching, gramineous and Mediterranean plants that offer a qualitative base to the architecture.

32 Housing - Courtesy of Mathieu Ducros

32 Housing – Courtesy of Mathieu Ducros

Project Info
Architects : MDR Architectes
Location : Montpellier, France
Year : 2014
Type : Residential/ House
Photographs : Mathieu Ducros

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