By : Le Borgne Rizk Architecture
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 14th edition
Discipline : Architecture
Categories : Other categories in architecture / Building Facade : Silver Certification
Categories : Special Award / Wood featured in architecture : Bronze Certification
Categories : Residential Building / Low-Rise Rental or Condominium Building (< 5 storey-high) : Silver Certification
The basic volume takes its inspiration from the neighborhood's traditional triplex, but more particularly from the neighbor to the east, the imposing residential complex. Its symmetry, its size, the horizontal and vertical cutting as well as its repetitive language of protrusions and withdrawals is taken up, but reinterpreted, in the basic volume.
The setback is maintained as the neighbor to the east, but the volume of the projecting entrances as well as the exterior staircases allow one to get closer to the alignment of the neighbor to the west.
The exterior staircases are a pleasant reminder of the triplexes on rue Notre-Dame, a little further east.
The choice of red-brown brick also allows for a more harmonious integration into the neighborhood.
The projecting central volume recalls the volumes of projecting staircases of certain neighboring buildings on Notre-Dame. This central mass marks the entrances, but the precious and delicate treatment given by the use of the mashrabiya (screen) lets light in and allows visibility from the inside to the outside without compromising privacy.
By working on the recesses and projections, we take the language of the residential complex in the East while updating it. In addition, we manage to create protected, private entrances away from the street.
The removal of the mezzanine allows the top of the building to be erased from the street and to create private terraces for the dwellings on the 3rd floor.