The large apartment already had a lot of natural qualities, nice features from the beginning of the 20th century. However the best views and light from the south were on the side with the less windows, while the main windows were facing a courtyard on the north side. To allow light to flow from one side to the other while maintaining some intimacy in the rooms, we tried to find a single line, a limit in the project where we could focus our intervention. In this narrow strip of a few cm, we proposed various strategies to accomodate uses. Continue reading Nicolas Dorval-Bory
For this apartment, we understood pretty early that the clients wanted us to work on rather classical features. However we didn’t want to propose many options for designs and materials, to keep the project as radical and simple as can be. So we sorted out the ideas of the project, thinking about, on minimum, how many material we would need. We thought we would need only two materials : one for carpentry, one for bathrooms, the rest being simply white (either resin, paint of plaster…) Continue reading Nicolas Dorval-Bory
Le projet propose une implantation urbaine stratégique de la tour. En lien direct avec le rondpoint de la Chapelle, le lot I est un dispositif d’articulation à différents niveaux et échelles, défini en deux parties. La tour de logements en bois – structure domestique généreuse et flexible – est posée sur un socle en béton – infrastructure urbaine active et ouverte sur son environnement formant ensemble la figure de proue de Chapelle International. Continue reading Plan Común . Dorval-Bory
While exterior porousness and bioclimatic issues in general represent exciting challenges for hotels in the coming years, we must acknowledge the need to envisage these spaces as requiring artificial climates.
Based on this presumption, the hallway is considered as a dual mechanism, irrigating the rooms with its technical systems to guarantee proper climate control, while granting access to users at the same time. In this dual-flow system, the hallway is a vector, or rather, a journey, not a destination (1).
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This large plot in Aubervilliers was home to old industrial brick warehouses.
The project was to answer two requests, one from the client, the other from the city. First, the client needed a 70000m² very efficient office space, easy to build, easy to occupy and eventually divide. Second, the city wanted to keep a sense of memory of the old neighborhood, making the use of brick mandatory, asking for alignment on existing plot limits, and insisting to create various interior streets in the ground floor, with commercial spaces. Continue reading Nicolas Dorval-Bory