The ZAC Chandon République housing development, designed by Paris-based architect Christophe Rousselle, oscillates between two contrasting effects: heaviness and lightness. The architect achieved this effect by alternating between stainless steel and concrete to create interesting geometric patterns on the exterior. This light and dark contrast is further emphasized through strategic design that takes advantage of sunlight and shade.
The project comprises a cluster of simple volumes made more interesting by breaking them up visually through the use of two different materials. Concrete was used for the structure left visible along the sides, with stainless steel sheets help dematerialize the buildings. Each building was oriented to provide optimal sunlight and shade, further emphasizing the contrast between light and dark.
The shading screens protrude slightly from the facades, introducing planar elements to the strong volumes. They provide partial shading to the multi-oriented living units organized to get optimal amounts of natural light.