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Hamonic + Masson Wrap 62 Parisian Apartments in Striking Serpentine Terraces

by , 09/30/11
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Each of the 62 flats have three rooms, 66 square meters of floor space, and a compact space-saving arrangement. Even so, tall windows allow for plenty of natural light to permeate deep into the units and reduce the need to use artificial light – which helps a ton being that the city enforces a strict energy code. Also sound-proof, the apartments’ biggest allure lies in their shimmering facade and wide terraces that remind us somewhat of Herzon & Meuron’s terraced apartments in Beirut.

Excess sunlight bounces off the aluminum facade but the colored glass absorbs just enough to give the terraces ambience and shade. A crucial space that residents cling to for a sense of being connected to the outdoors, the broad balconies that wrap right around both building blocks in a fluid, twisted motion definitely help to take the ugly out of this once forsaken neighborhood.

+ Hamonic + Masson

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