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Issue #20

CLEAR STRUCTURES AGAINST DREARY SOCIAL BUILDINGS

Multi-Family

How can cost-effectiveness and quality of life be combined into social buildings without looking dreary? This was the question that architects Matthieu Gelin and David Lafon asked first when starting the new construction of 70 homes in Valenton, Paris.
Exterior, New building of an ensemble with 70 flats, Matthieu Gelin, David Lafon © Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin
Exterior, New building of an ensemble with 70 flats, Matthieu Gelin, David Lafon © Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin
Exterior, New building of an ensemble with 70 flats, Matthieu Gelin, David Lafon © Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin
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Exterior, New building of an ensemble with 70 flats, Matthieu Gelin, David Lafon © Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin

CLEAR STRUCTURES AGAINST DREARY SOCIAL BUILDINGS

Multi-Family

How can cost-effectiveness and quality of life be combined into social buildings without looking dreary? This was the question that architects Matthieu Gelin and David Lafon asked first when starting the new construction of 70 homes in Valenton, Paris.

In terms of structure, the architects decided on a four-storey building with commercial part on Avenue Julien Duranton, a three-storey residential building on Rue Roland Roche, and a joint under- ground garage. The various building units – small and large flats, penthouses and apartments on the top floor – allow a lively social mix.

A GREEN PLACE TO MEET

In terms of leisure space, Gelin and Lafon first developed a green courtyard, which offers a place to meet and promotes the identification and interaction of residents. It forms the centre between the wings of the building, with balconies, projections and recesses, open stairwells and corridors. Outside, the whole building in set off against orthogonal and in some cases serial suburban architecture and holds its ground against a largely enclosed, colourfully appealing tiled façade.

Bird view, New building of an ensemble with 70 flats, Matthieu Gelin, David Lafon © Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin

VARIETY OF FORMATS

The special rhythm of the two- tone boards foster a high level of recognition, created by the accentuation of the storeys and the various formats. This effect extends as far as the courtyard, where the ceramic façade was combined with timber clad surfaces. Intention of the architects: The centre houses a green space in the style of a small natural utopia. The material of the façades blends with the surrounding urban environment. Timber windows and shutters underline the significance.

LIGHT COLOURS – SMOOTH SURFACE

To underline the cohesion of the façade, the architects decided on a traditional façade board, creating a distinct look with its smooth surface without grooves. The two colours, pearl white – light grey glazed and ore grey – dark grey glazed, add a stimulating rhythm to the building through its fields of varying widths.

Exterior, New building of an ensemble with 70 flats, Matthieu Gelin, David Lafon © Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin
Facts
  • Project name
    New building of an ensemble with 70 flats, Paris, France
  • Architect
    Matthieu Gelin, David Lafon
  • Used products

    Argeton Tampa gris émaillé clair and gris émaillé foncé

  • Year of completion
    2013
Argeton Tampa gris émaillé clair & gris émaillé foncé

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Argeton Tampa gris émaillé clair and gris émaillé foncé – France