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* Residential Architecture: Housing in Sète by Colboc Franzen & Associés

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 1 July 2012

Residential Architecture: Housing in Sète by Colboc Franzen & Associés: “..Architects Colboc Franzen & Associés have masked the facade and balconies of three apartment blocks in the south of France behind curved galvanised-steel grids..Located in the port town of Sète, the three towers are connected by a podium that conceals a large undercroft car park behind a row of shops..The two eight-storey towers are filled with private apartments, while the smaller six-storey block contains social housing..’These blocks also embody a principle of ‘Mediterranean architecture’ that allows for a lifestyle adapted to the local climate: outdoor living protected from intense heat. There are balconies running along the façade and these outdoor extensions allow occupants to walk around the outside of their flats. A galvanised steel screen protects it during very hot weather and also provides a nice amount of privacy.'”  Distinctive form and steel grid-like facade offering protection from the sun, privacy and site identity..

image: Cécile Septet; article: Dezeen

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