La Perception

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Location : Cenon
Dates : 2012 - On site
Client : Immobilière Sud Atlantique
Design team : Martin Duplantier Architects, Anouke Debarre Landscape Architect
Mission : Design Conception
Built area : 13 000 sqm
Cost : 6,9 M€

Brief : 160 housing units, 1 senior citizens housing

The site of the Perception is an empty lot within a neighborhood of free-standing buildings.

The project proposes a form of plural neighborhood that integrates itself within a thoroughly green environment.  It does not try to mimic the post-war era buildings that surround it, but instead works to adapt to the existing conditions of the site and its environs where balance is fragile and a domestic scale of building dominates.  The heights of the buildings therefore change according to its context and lines-of-sight.

The design takes into account the four clearly-delineated built portions, different forms of architecture already present on the site, and the unique landscape.  A path that runs through the center of the site serves each of the four programmed islands.  A form of planted deck spans the length of each of the buildings’ courtyards in order to hide the parking while creating a shared semi-private, semi-public space.  A landscaping strategy that plays upon surrounding greenery while creating unique planted spaces for the courtyard of each island gives the project a contextual strength while creating a series of unique spaces for residents.