Four complimentary tones of red create homogeneous housing block in Montpellier
Designed by Jean-Paul Viguier Architecture, the Version Rubis Housing is a gloriously bright residential development at the mouth of ZAC Parc Marianne (a joint development zone) in Montpellier. The materials and contemporary colours were chosen to respect the architectural recommendations of Architecture Studio, co-ordinator of the overall park.
The external form sports four different shades of red on lacquered aluminium panels or sliding shutters. Concrete is also used throughout for continuity with the neighbouring houses in ZAC Parc Marianne. The building’s complex form incorporates a series of withdrawals and projections, with the core of the residential buildings taking the shape of an ‘L’.
In the embrace of the ‘L’ shapes is a central garden and terraces facing south-west maximise sunlight capture. Balconies and terraces are accessed via the bedrooms through French-doors and shutters enable residents to manage how much privacy and shade they wish to obtain. Each residential unit has its own balcony or terrace which, added to the tonal hues, constitutes a homogenous volume.
The 3 uppermost floors are composed very simply with classic lines, white tones and a large terrace. Vertical aluminium blinds are coloured dark gray on the exterior and protect generous windows from the sun. The terraces are protected from the sun by horizontal sun screens of white-coloured steel.