Curated by Paula Pintos
MASTER PLAN, RETIREMENT, RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE • LE HAVRE, FRANCE
Architects : Agapé
Area : 1740 m²
Year : 2019
Photographs : Sandro di Carlo Darsa
Manufacturers : Archicad
Lead Architects : Antoine Pélissier, Benoit Andrier
Clients : Alcéane
Engineering : Abscia, B52
Consultants : HPI
City : Le Havre
Country : France
Textual content description offered by the architects. The previous retirement house that the positioning housed within the coronary heart of the district was demolished as a result of its obsolescence. The mission is a part of continuity by providing appropriate housing for seniors, nevertheless it additionally consists of an affiliation room and medical workplaces, so as to provide to make sure a combination and proximity providers to residents. Situated in a residential space, it’s surrounded to the south and west by dense social housing constructions from the 1960s, whereas to the north and east, there are pavilions. Bordered by a sq., the mission is subsequently located between the person and the collective, the dense and the diffuse, social housing, and personal homes.
Positioned on a slope, the land enjoys good sunshine and presents stunning views. Its topography is complicated, with a drop of greater than eight meters between the highest and the underside of the terrain. By adopting a U-shaped typology, the building opens onto the neighborhood and permits visible insights. This gesture deploys an actual inside backyard from which residents profit instantly and in addition permits residents to learn from a snug east-west publicity.
Making the most of the steep slope of the land, the 2 house buildings have been handled with horizontal architecture anchored within the land to the north and raised by massive cantilevers to the south. These open up the view and permit us to see the inside backyard from the skin. This rigorously handled backyard is seen from virtually in all places. It’s open to the town whereas preserving sure privateness in its coronary heart, bordered by raised constructions whereas having fun with the attractive sunshine.
The residences as a complete have not less than an east or west orientation in direction of the backyard, the sq. of the city, and with out vital vis-à-vis. All of them have beneficiant openings, a few of which, to the east, are wearing wooden and are liveable, notably with benches within the solar and balcony frames. The corridors that serve them are naturally lit and prolong into small terraces providing alternatives to satisfy with out having to depart the building. The supplies are easy: wooden, uncooked concrete, and hand-molded brick.