In the article, you can take a glance at some elegant France architecture with expanded metal.
At the corner of Bernard Buffet Street, the architects Stéphane Bigoni and Antoine Mortemard recently completed a social housing project that points to one of the entrances of the Martin Luther King Park. A delicate, white varnished expanded metal cloak, made of perforated sliding curtains animates the south-east facade and the bow facing the park. Its bending geometry addresses three issues. It cancels the linear aspect of the plot on its longest side. Its bending shape also accommodates loggias.
Their privacy can be adjusted by the dwellers, depending on the proportions of the aluminum curtains, which are made of expanded metal mesh,whether it be stored on the side of the loggia or deployed. Finally, the folding shape of the facade enhances sidelong views. Each unit’s living room thereby enjoys distant, south oriented views over the park and beyond toward the Eiffel Tower. Access to the apartments is provided via a few gangways from which the edges enhance the view over the park. These passageways overlook a green backyard installed above the first floor and their layout allows for transition between apartments. Among the units, 46 enjoy a double or triple orientation.
2.Social and Cultural Center in Giromagny
The building is part of the military wasteland r project leads by the city Giromagny. It is placed on the orthogonal grid of the ancient barrack. It is located on the exact place of the old administration building and the ancient stables .
The project has a great diversity of intergenerational programes : theater, multi-purpose hall for sportive activity, media library, manual work’s and animate’s space, place for extended day program, office space and technical rooms dedicated. Each area as the theater are articulated by one distributive place : the entrance hall, a large and generous double height space. Outside it will be covered and raised in relation to the road : in this way pedestrians are protected of vehicle traffic.
A double skin composed by shading devices (material : expanded metal ) on the first floor, protects the facade against sun in summer and allows it to pass in the winter. This filters play adds nice variety of perceptions inside and towards the outside. This interval place also plays another role : weather protection for ground floor, terrace who extends activities on the first floor. Constructive principles: Steel and concrete mixed structure, envelope curtain wall, double expanded metal skins for south and west facades, shading devices.
Bordeaux, Chartrons’ area. On the street front, a limestone building. On the back lot, a silk screen printing workshop. The order was to renovate and raise the two storey building, creating two dwellings and one shared ground between the workshop and the housing.
The building’s groundfloor is divided in two main parts : the common space / private access and the garage / public access to the workshop. In the courtyard, a single stairway serves the upper floors of both dwellings and printshop. For an intuitive sharing, a subtle variation of the ground expanded metal material delineates the nominated areas. Freed from the interior circulation, everyone benefits of extra spaces. In the expanded metal growth, the flat expands on two floors, making good use of an attic space relieved of traditional woodframe.
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