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CAB ARCHITECTES

Institut de la mer . Villefranche-sur-Mer

CAB ARCHITECTES . Institut de la mer . Villefranche-sur-Mer (1)

CAB ARCHITECTES . photos: © Aldo Amoretti

Nested at the foot of a limestone cliff, under the low cornice that connects Nice to Monaco, partially concealed and enclaved, the building uses constraints to draw its infrastructural architecture. This generates a cloister deformed by the slope, deconstructed in the three dimensions. Composed of opposite geometries, two inverted and superimposed L-shapes, the project reveals a new spatiality by creating a courtyard/patio. This interiority is related to the landscape of the bay of Villefranche by a water basin overhung by an inhabited bridge-building. A device of steel occlusions closes the small balconies of the residence and creates, once opened, separatives. Their proportions keep in mind the openings of the corderie of the arsenal nearby. The combination of anchored raw concrete masses, raised and levitated echoes the repetition of metal boxes, generating a dialogue between archaic and contemporaneity. Continue reading CAB ARCHITECTES

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ENSAE Paristech Campus University . Saclay

ENSAE Paristech Campus University Saclay Paris - CAB Architectes

CAB ARCHITECTES . photos: © Aldo Amoretti . + divisare

When we discovered the immense sky and the plateau devoid of physical constraints we sought to capture the landscape by a simple form and by an abstract architectural language. The proximity of the site to the edge of the woodland led us intuitively to the primary material as it seemed necessary in this country-side site to place the building lightly on the ground. To achieve this we chose to define the project by a steel exoskeleton. Continue reading CAB