“120 birch trees form a diaphanous canopy of foliage above a flagrant mat of honeysuckle that is interrupted only by narrow paved walks. the courtyard steps gradually about one full level from front to rear. the seven story walls at the sides and rear of the courtyard are organized around lobbies facing the garden wand two apartments per floor organized in an alternating pattern of structural bays, wide for the living areas and narrow for sleeping and service zones.”

14/06/2012 § 2 Comments

photography:  laura knosp
architecture:  renzo piano, rue de meaux housing (1991)
landscape architecture: desvigne and dalnoky

 

alow income social housing project done right.  architect renzo piano teamed up with desvigne and dalnoky to design an amazing courtyard space for their project in paris.  a modular architectural design establishes a background for the small forest of birch trees.  the thin birch canopy creates a diaphanous lighting condition while still obstructing views across the courtyard, thereby providing the inhabitants access to both privacy and light.

 

modulate light

a young hare

 

 

notes:

[title]     today’s title comes from housingprototype.org’s  rue de meaux project description.  i highly recommend reading more about the projects modular architecture design.

[images]     laura knosp’s photography of the courtyard was found on the always inspiring vulgare.

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