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Swing Rive Gauche | Housing block | Toulouse – France | 2017
  • Swing Rive Gauche | Housing block | Toulouse – France | 2017
  • Swing Rive Gauche | Housing block | Toulouse – France | 2017
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Swing Rive Gauche | Housing block | Toulouse – France | 2017

Credits: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
Client: Crédit Agricole Immobilier & Pragma
Surface : 13.000 m²
Photographer: Luc Boegly

Project Description
The Cartoucherie neighborhood in Toulouse is extremely ambitious on architectural and environmental issues.

The Swing project is composed of 21 different volumes, each of them pasted to another when building alignment is required, and get disconnected when, on the contrary, some transparency and porosity are expected.

Not only are the 21 volumes differing in terms of location and position, but also in terms of height. This play of height reinforces the variety of scales of the whole project.

Most of vertical connections are in open air with generous terraces to allowing entrance to the apartments.

The Swing housing block facades are made of metallic sheets, with “happy” details on it. There are two types of facades:

  • For the “daily rooms”, terraces and large windows, arranged in a way that each terrace is protected from sunrays by the top one

  • For the “nighty rooms”, smaller windows with a half-moon shape, to enable inhabitants to play with light without losing the view of the outdoors.

At the heart of the island block is indeed arranged a private garden, like a peaceful area for the inhabitants to look at.

 

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