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Stéphane Maupin’s M Building is a Village-Like Social Housing Complex in Paris

Posted By Andrew Michler On April 16, 2012 @ 3:43 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Design,Urban design | No Comments

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The two-toned building is placed on Rue Rebière, a narrow street in northern Paris, across from a graveyard which by code cannot have the building facing it. The design solves the conflict of providing air and light by looking inwards – it creates outdoor space and a commons by stepping the program [1] onto itself. The orientation is such that morning light falls into one side of the complex and the other receives natural light [2] in the afternoon. The building is capped with a solar electric array to supplement the electricity consumption of the 20 apartments.

The openness of the design also avoids the monolithic quality of larger housing blocks, and the staggered, non-uniform apartments provide visual texture to the neighborhood. The building’s unique shape is further emphasized with a vanilla stucco exterior on the street side and vivid corrugated steel [3]on the interior, providing a dual identity without expensive materials. The parquet wood [4]terraces soften the metallic exterior, and a maze of simple steel railings demarcate each apartment’s patio. Paths across the building add routes of neighborly egress.

+ Stéphane Maupin Architectes [5]

Via Notcot [6]

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[1] stepping the program: http://inhabitat.com/cascading-green-roofed-mountain-dwellings-by-big/

[2] natural light: http://inhabitat.com/daylighting/

[3] corrugated steel : http://inhabitat.com/modern-mexican-school-keeps-cool-with-solar-shading-skin/

[4] parquet wood : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parquetry

[5] + Stéphane Maupin Architectes : http://www.stephanemaupin.com/spip.php?article18

[6] Notcot: http://www.notcot.org/post/46620/

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