Let’s face it: no architect dreams of constructing blocks. They may have been Le Corbusier’s dream vision brought to life, but contemporary architects usually tend to focus on different aspects of our field. However, they are a “necessary evil”, which determines architects to find smart, unique solutions to bring this type of construction out of the ordinary.

Courtesy of Philippe Dubus Architecte

Located in the Courghain district in Dunkirk’s suburbs, the Grand Synthe – Place Du Courghain living unit created by Philippe Dubus, is placed along a water canal and towards the city. The project contains only 57 housing, being a relatively small structure with 4206.0 sqm, but the attention paid to the details and to the façade treatment is meticulous, yet fun.

Courtesy of  Philippe Dubus Architecte

Courtesy of Philippe Dubus Architecte

The architects considered that the real challenged consisted in “applying the brief in small walk-through housing units organized around an inner meadow. The rough-hewn walls also had to lend an urban face to the project while fostering its incorporation into the watergang landscape”. All living rooms are facing the center of the structure and the water canal, the strategic placement being enhanced by the spacious, colorful balconies.

Courtesy of  Philippe Dubus Architecte

Courtesy of Philippe Dubus Architecte

The building is additionally classified as a low-energy consumer.

Courtesy of  Philippe Dubus Architecte

Courtesy of Philippe Dubus Architecte

By:Lidia Ratoi

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