APARTMENT BUILDING COIN DE LA PLACE
Andrew Phillips Ltd
Author(s)Andrew Phillips Ltd
Schemel Wirtz Architectes Associés
ICB Ingénieurs conseils en bâtiments
Grossfeld development SA
Year of completion
This building forms the corner of a large new urban block of nine other apartment buildings overlooking a new urban square. A courtyard garden at the heart of the urban block provides a shared space for neighbours and access to the dwellings. This provides a layered sense of community; public areas, semi-private courtyards, building lobbies and ultimately the four front doors on each landing.
The consistent material palette of the neighbourhood; honed limestone, pre-cast concrete and warmly-toned metalwork; establishes a consistent tonal identity. Each building design explores the limits of this palette with architectural character and detail. The resulting dynamic aims to balance neighbourhood coherence with individual identity.
The façade’s sober arrangement of generous windows and balconies was inspired by the modernist apartment buildings of Milan. The roof is separated from the volume of the building by a perimeter balcony for the penthouse apartments, which gives the sense of a traditional eaves that delineates the corner of this square.