The housing by Dominique Coulon & associés is located on the banks of the Rhine in Huningue, France. The unique situation o in f the site allowed us to turn the common areas and the hall towards the river: the residents can enjoy the choreography of passing boats. It consists of 50 square meters units, a restaurant in three sections, a computer room, a hobby workshop, a vegetable garden, and an area for playing pétanque.
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Everything is organised to foster relationships among the residents. Collective living spaces are as generous as possible, with abundant natural light. Dominique Coulon & associés designed places that encourage exchanges and social interaction: encounter-inviting areas punctuate the different pathways.
The staircase stands at the center of the building, rendering it unavoidable. In combination with the wide central space, it invites mobility. Upstairs, the patio brings light from the south into the heart of the building. The white volume inside seems suspended; it deconstructs the empty space and lends a certain strangeness to the whole.
Red concrete, terracotta, and wood produce a benevolent atmosphere. Outside, the building is enveloped in brick on all sides. The architects selected a craft brick that is non-standard and irregular. The walls catch the light. By emphasizing its rustic port setting, the building connects itself to the history of the Rhine.
Everything is organized to foster relationships among the residents. Collective living spaces are as generous as possible, with abundant natural light.
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DATE: 2017 / LOCATION: Rue du Maréchal Joffre, Huningue, France / AREA: 3932 sq. m. / PROGRAM: 22 assisted housing / ARCHITECT: Dominique Coulon & associés (Dominique Coulon, Olivier Nicollas, Gautier Duthoit) http://coulon-architecte.fr/ / ASSISTANT ARCHITECTS: Javier Gigosos-Ruipérez, Diego Bastos-Romero / CLIENT: Ville de Huningue / CONSULTANTS: Batiserf Ingénierie (Structural Engineer), Artelia (Mechanical Plumbing Engineer, HQE specialist and Fire safety system), E3 économie (Cost Estimator), Euro sound project (Acoustics), Bruno Kubler (Landscape) / PHOTOS: Eugeni Pons