The complex was originally conceived in response to Groupe 3F’s competition to design a residential complex that redefines single family social housing units on high density sites. KOZ started out on their proposal by first identifying the four main things – high user quality, walk-around accessibility, individuality and interaction with neighbors – that they felt were essential qualities of a single-family residence, and then set out to adapt them to an apartment building.
In terms of high user quality, the fact that the complex is actually two buildings rather than one allowed for an increase in the surface area of the facades, making each home more like a single-family house. KOZ incorporated a bonus room (shaped like a white cantilevered cube placed at random on the façade) into every residence, giving each household even more flexibility and space. Every apartment faces outwards in three directions and every room has access to daylighting.