Familistère

Familistère

Architect
archi5
Location
Montreuil, France
Project Year
2015
Category
Apartments

Housing
Stories By
archi5

Uginox
Sergio Grazia
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrand
ManufacturersUginox
stainless steelArguin de Arcelormittal
claddingBalas
External joineryChosset et Luchessa
Structural workECD
Heating floorMatos

Product Spec Sheet
Manufacturers
by Uginox
stainless steel
cladding
by Balas
External joinery
Structural work
by ECD
Heating floor
by Matos

Familistère

archi5 as Architects

The Familistère is an auto-development dwellings project for and from archi5 partners. The plot is just next to the architecture studio. The whole project took two years from funding, conception, design and construction. An heterogeneous context Around the site, like often in the city of Montreuil, the existing is extremely various. Houses with pretty garden, a schoo, a church, seven stories social housings are co-existing in a friendly anarchy. Since the plot is very close to the metro, the urbanistic rules allow 7 stories to be built. the idea of a homogeneous building made evidence with a stainless steel cladding covering both façade and roof. This volume adds its signature to the environment. A stealth building The right answer to this context was to design a light building, with reduced visual impact. The abstract façade reflects its environment. The windows with their dark grey frames are animating this façade.


The stainless steel reflections is slightly blurred by light waves on the façade. A building following the weather It takes sky’s tint, following seasons as trees around. This envelop gives to the building many changing identities. It’s a dynamic façade, giving back sunlight to surroundings buildings during the day and reflecting street lights at night.

FAMILY LODGINGS

Uginox as Manufacturers

Familistère is an exercise in highlighting the capabilities of five partners in one architectural practice, archi5, who rose to a challenge to build their own homes together in Montreuil, France adjacent to their offices. It also beautifully showcases how stainless steel, most often used in public buildings, is a versatile material of choice for private buildings.


The architectural approach was to design a building with a light touch to avoid an overpowering visual impact. KARA stainless steel was archi5’s choice of material to achieve the building’s façade – lightly fluted with shallow waves adapted to suit the scale of the building – reflecting sunlight to surrounding buildings during the day and reflecting street lights at night. The Uginox® Bright covering, with its brilliant finish, takes on all the colours of the seasons. The result is a dynamic façade with a genuine sense of motion.


Stainless steel has a harmonious application and the façades were entirely laid out based on the measurements of the sheets used, which meant that the window modules could be inserted at regular and precise intervals. The sheets were fitted to a primary frame structure and attached using visible stainless steel hexagonal screws. A hollow 5mm joint is inserted between each sheet. Edging on the building is also made from stainless steel.


KARA is Aperam’s unique brand of ferritic stainless steels, which, unlike other stainless steels, do not contain nickel, rendering KARA immune from the erratic price fluctuations of this alloying element. This is a big advantage for the construction sector where project costing and economic design are key elements as the absence of nickel holds prices for these products at a more stable level over time.


The entire Familistère project took two years from funding, conception, design and construction.

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