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fresh architectures - Julien Rousseau  - Building Public Housing - France
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Biography 

A graduate from the School of Architecture of Kingston University’s Faculty of Design in London – the Patrick Lynch Architects practice – he then joined the International Foster+ Partners agency. At the same time, he participated in various competitions and won the Europan 6 in Roubaix with B. Millet. Back in France, he joined the Renzo Piano Workshop, to work on two international major projects: the
Chicago Art Museum and the London Bridge Tower (the SHARD). In 2007 Julien Rousseau founded fresh architectures with Luca Battaglia and Ulisse Gnesda – this partnership enabled them to combine their international experience, especially Anglo-Saxon, where the architect's responsibility is broadened, from general responsibilities to construction details. 
 
fresh architectures is rewarded in several international awards – the OMC project competition for the extension of the Centre William Rappard, Geneva; it also won the Arquitectum international competition, Waltz of the Wind, New York. The agency also was prize-winner in numerous national competitions specifically related to housing in France. Julien Rousseau is also co-author of a report with Claude Vasconi, Francis Soler and Rudy Riciotti on sustainable cities and joined the discussion group on the RT 2020 co-led by Christian Cléret in 2012. Born on 24 February 1976, Manager, associate architect fresh architectures BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA II.

Description of Building Public Housing

“We really had in mind to occupy the crossroads with a presence, I would say, a mute presence. An object mute and at the same time extremely charismatic. Hence, the duo-tone coming to close the boulevard of La Villette with a black pillar closing the street this way, and this chiseled shape white and nacred reflecting, and like a cornerstone, both closing and engaging a dialog with the elevated railway, the rue du Faubourg Saint Martin.” Julien Rousseau This apartment building is at the confluence of different flows: pedestrians, cars and sky train. 

We wanted to use faceted geometry to show the dynamics of the building. Glazed tiles cover the entire building, making this envelop look like an alcove in a constantly busy environment. Cleaning itself as time goes on with the rain, it is not affected by pollution deposition. Street-side, openings carved diagonally protect the interior areas from the external intensity and offer privacy. 

A very calm housing block with private outdoor spaces facing south obviates the daytime noise. Finally, the high environmental requirements led to the design of a compact and energy-efficient building. The outer insulation, connection to district heating and installation of solar panels on the roof, enabled it to achieve the BBC Effinergie label and reduce its environmental footprint. The Building Public Housing, Stalingrad, fits naturally in the heart of the city, by multiplying angles and views on what is close by and at a distance.

 

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