Sene_Safran_Housing Units

Sene_Safran_Housing Units

Architect
a/LTA architectes - urbanistes
Location
Le Poulfanc, Séné, France | View Map
Project Year
2020
Category
Housing
© Gaetan Chevrier
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
ManufacturersCasalgrande Padana
LINE PIETRE NATIVE
WindowsDeceuninck N.V.
Zendow
Sound absorptionGyptone
Gyptone BIG Line 6
LightingEpsilon
PaintLa Seigneurie
PaintPRB

Product Spec Sheet
Manufacturers
LINE PIETRE NATIVE by Casalgrande Padana
Windows
Zendow by Deceuninck N.V.
Sound absorption
Gyptone BIG Line 6 by Gyptone
Lighting
by Epsilon
Paint
Paint
by PRB

Sene_Safran_Housing Units

a/LTA architectes - urbanistes as Architects

The site of the ZAC Coeur de Poulfanc in Séné presents an exceptional quality of landscape. Its gentle topography (seen to the right of our site) and its woodland framing make it a very characterful site. These elements are highlighted by the architecture and volumetry of the buildings. The design and conception of the project is based on an initial idea postulated as a statement: ‘Above all else, not to work against the existing landscape by enforcing on it a residential model, but to propose a development of the built environment that is in keeping with the natural qualities of the site’. 

photo_credit © Gaetan Chevrier
© Gaetan Chevrier

We worked on a "landscaped" project in consultation with the urban requirements of the ZAC. Leaning heavily on the physical presence of the site, it was essential to respect the geographical situation in which our project is to be inserted. This is achieved by the careful choice of simple and durable materials (low maintenance), resulting in a quality and long-lasting architecture. The rainwater management system contributing to keeping the building elevations in good condition. 

photo_credit © Gaetan Chevrier
© Gaetan Chevrier

We have sought to limit the blocking impact of the elevations in favor of depth, porosity and developed views revealing the sites interior. This method permits the articulation and development of public spaces, in particular the "Coulée Verte" and the urban alleys within the heart of the plot. This gives us control over the smooth transition between the public and private spaces. 

photo_credit © Gaetan Chevrier
© Gaetan Chevrier

The organization of the buildings ground floors around a system of ‘crossing halls’ ensures a visual continuity between the heart of the site and the promenade or street view. In general terms our aim is to optimize the orientation of the dwellings and their relationship with the views of both the urban and natural and landscapes. 

photo_credit © Gaetan Chevrier
© Gaetan Chevrier

We sought a global orientation which would allow all the dwellings to profit from a ‘view’ while at the same time minimizing the impact on the surrounding landscape and achieving a certain harmony with the neighbouring buildings.

photo_credit © Gaetan Chevrier
© Gaetan Chevrier

Each of our building faces towards the landscaped heart of the plot which is densely planted to provide a coherent link with the natural environment. The porosity and visual blocking of the buildings facilitates the creation of a welcoming relationship between the sites heart and the outside spaces. 

photo_credit © Gaetan Chevrier
© Gaetan Chevrier

All of the apartments have an orientation to either the south, west or east and a number have views in two or more of these directions, principally the larger apartments. This arrangement permits an appreciation of the views, far and near, of the surrounding countryside. 

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