Situated on Balme Hill in the «La Duchère» area of Lyon, this project encompasses 60 apartments divided over plot 7 and 8 of the development. Having a southerly orientation, and due to its sloping topography of the site, these apartments benefit from a panoramic view of the city. Conceived to be spatially democratic, the resulting volume has been carved away to introduce equal light and aspect to all the occupants. The design also seeks, due to the densely vegetated beauty of the exceptional geographic situation in La Duchère, to provide the maximum area of exterior space; both as a shared garden, and private terrasses. The two horse-shoe shaped volumes tectonically interact to shelter the central terrassed garden from traffic noise, and provide access to the green spaces at the heart of the block via a central staircase accessible from Boulevard Balmont leading to a pedestrian walkway to the North. This project offers a wide variety of apartments, differing in both size and layout with either dual or opposing aspects, and all inhabitants may access the communal gardens from the circulation core on the second floor.
Status: Competition Entry
Location: La Duchère, Lyon, France