Hondelatte Laporte Architectes' vibrantly-hued Rebiere 21 Housing scheme completed
Hondelatte Laporte Architectes, the French architecture studio behind the Giraffe Childcare Center in Boulogne-Billancourt, has completed a 1,445 sq m social housing project in Paris. The 21-unit scheme is located on Rue Rebiere alongside the Parisian Batignolles cemetery and takes the form of a muted white building whose appearance is enlivened by a series of brightly-coloured platforms which rise up through spiraling external staircases.
These dazzling colour-rich platforms create a number of social areas for the building’s residents as they are topped with communal terraces as Hondelatte Laporte Architectes explains: “Detached from the building, three elegant columns of covered flower-shaped terraces spiral upwards. Each housing unit has its own remarkable terrace, designed as an ‘extra room’ with specific qualities: it is an independent, hybrid space somewhere between the exterior and the interior, and its specific colour gives each flat its own atmosphere.”
At 14 sq m each, the terraces allow room for 8 people seated around one table and afford 360° views for the building’s users, something that they will not be able to achieve from within their rooms. Planning regulations do not allow housing units to include openings with views towards the nearby cemetery so white and galvanized metal panels have been used for the façade. These are brought to life by shifting sunlight patterns throughout the day which light the panels with varying hues.
The project is part of a wider urban mission to enhance the urban realm around Porte Pouchet, the Parisian ring road, Clichy and Saint-Ouen, and was the result of a creative workshop between 9 architecture firms who will, as a collective, form 180 new housing units in the area. The cost for this particular project was €2.7m.