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mission new construction – design + construction phases
client Dordogne Habitat
project manager CoCo architecture (agent to client), INTECH
date 2011-2013
footprint 1100m²
price 1,2 M€ HT
location Boulazac (24)

Situated in the community of Boulazac, the subdivision ‘Les Rebieres’ is made up of a total of 1200 apartments, divided into government funded, home owner and private rentals. As part of the greater development, this project consists of thirteen detached houses with blue shutters located opposite farming land.

The site is a vast plateau, with already existing marked out plots. The challenge of this project is to offer quality accommodation at a low price. We have proposed six two-bedroom double storey apartments, six three-bedroom double storey apartments and one isolated three-bedroom house. From the street, each apartment has a car park and an asphalted pedestrian entry. Small gardens, separated by hedges, lead onto a public area.

The apartments are made out of two volumes: a main living space of high thermal mass and an annex made from lighter materials. The first is composed on two levels, composed of a simple palate of materials: rendered walls and stained concrete roof tiles. Perigourdian and Provencal roof types sit side by side, opening their gables to the road at varying degrees. The second, one-storey volume is made from a wooden structure and is covered in a sapphire blue metal cladding. These spaces house the garages, laundry and sanitary areas. Each apartment has 300m² of private garden, surrounded by a mesh wire fence with a tree planted on each lawn.

Photo credit: Edouard Decam.