Location: La Garenne-Colombes (France)
Area: 1 300 m² (13.993 SF)
Client: SEM 92
Partnership: Ingrid Taillandier
The competition brief called for developing up to seven multiple family homes on this very constrained site in the Paris suburbs. Facing high railroad traffic on one side and party walls on the other, it was decided to create a series of inner courtyards in order to provide quality space for all dwellings.Using zoning constraints and integrating the surrounding early 1900’s single family homes, a common roof profile for all units was created and extruded across the site. Railroad facing wall has few openings providing as much building mass as possible to shield the inner spaces. A common underground parking space stretches along the site, providing for private storage and technical spaces.Each building is equipped with a rain collection system as well roof mounted PV cell panels. Concrete pavers let site water filtrate through soil and minimize impact on city sewer system.