The head position gives a particular status to the front on the street. It gives a strong identity to Carnoux en Provence downtown by making with the building in front of, an urban and domestic scale door. The project turns the facade over on the street , the processing of the angle establishes a thin and tiny relationship between the building and public space.
The processing of the openings is handled the same way, there is no facade at the back, the system is uniform.
The grand floor is an important element of the management of the entire building, merging point with the floor.
Its laying out has been a key element as for the quality of the accomodations but also for the neighborhood.
Three points are carrying the entire structure and they are noticed on the floor. Their prints give some rythme to the flow of the walkers and let free the hikers.
In others words, the building becomes a linking element between the school, the existing housings, and to come, the future shops and the entrance of the city.
The entire building becomes the front door of the accomodations, a king of big porch marks the urban situation and the specific entry of the housing. A particular attention has been put on the conception of the lobby.
Considered as large, it opens on both directions : the school and commodities. A banister allows to reach the scholl by the building but also to reach the front door of the lobby.
This project allows a real setting of the relation between the public space and the intimacy of the housing building.
The front of this new building in Carnoux is made of white brick cladding.
The front color is an element that federates the identity of Carnoux, she is echoing the future housing building that is in front of it.
With this materiality game, the building creates a new identity for Carnoux downtown. Beyond the work over the color match, a second characteristic gives an identity to the town. This is the materiality by the work of the brick. The building can control its aging. It is not getting spoiled by time, it is patinating. Time is becoming a key data.
The windows are elements of the composition of the facade. It makes the organization of the materiality of this one.
The mullions’ dimension and of its bedrocks is directly inspired by the rigor of the pre-existing building.
Repetition, alignement and symetry are elements of the composition that link the building to the city.