The programme set by the client for the 100 Apartments project calls for the design of apartments of varying size, with the ground floor being reserved to accommodate apartments for handicapped people.
The site planning involved the creation of three separate buildings on fragments of the existing site. The fragmentation of the site resulted from various factors such as site views, Hausmanian setback rules, the preservation of old-growth trees and a stringent site development code.
After studying the requirements for development and the difficulty they imposed, we decided to conceive the buildings in a way that accentuates the existing urban condition and that of the site, creating a relation between the site and its developmental limitations.
The project is conceived as a large-scale urban 3D matrix, to which we applied a careful ‘cutting’ and ‘coring’ process. The finished project is a result of both existing urban and ecological factors, which register as conceptual starting points and determining factors in the creation of the design of new urban space.