2+2 Houses by Tank Architectes


Architectural photographer Julien Lanoo has sent us his photographs of four houses by French practice Tank Architectes in Villeneuve d'Ascq near Lille, France.

Called 2+2 Houses, the project comprises two long buildings, each containing two residences designed for business people to stay for three to six months as part of a scheme called Atempo Loft.

The apartments are located in a forest and have large windows, but are arranged to afford privacy to each living area.

Lanoo describes the project as "two buildings where you could walk completely naked in your living room without being seen by your fellow managers."

More about Tank Architectes on Dezeen:

La Médiateque de Proville
Airstream house

Here's some text from Tank Architectes:



The project is settled at the back of a nice private wooded plot.

The demand of the clients was to built 4 houses for moving executives, which could be merged in 1 or 2 entities.

The houses are composed of 4 branches built on stilts.

Such a tree structure allows a free use of the 4 parts, whether separate or joined.

The ends of each wings are twisted following the natural restrictions and the aspects.

The space is flexible, liberated from any technical constraints to make easier any future change in the use of the houses.

Each house is unique by its view, its exposition and its shape.

Olivier Camus and Lydéric Veauvy have been working together since 1992 ; they met at the Superior Institute of Architecture (ISA) St Luc in Tournai, Belgium and after 7 years of professional affi nities they created TANK Architectes in 2005. TANK is a team of 13 architects and 2 assistants working as hard for sense and contents as for achievements.

Our process is based on research and brainstorming in order to create sensitive and poetic buildings. Tank has been rewarded by the 3rd Trophy of Nouveaux Albums des Jeunes Architectes (NAJA).

TANK believe in the architect’s engaged position assuring quality and reflection free of various pressures linked to the project. We wish to keep in each project the pleasure of drawing and thinking with the largest freedom of design.

PLOT AREA 2485 m2
BUDGET HT 750.000 € HT
BUDGET HT/m2 1970 €/m2

Posted on Friday October 23rd 2009 at 12:07 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • I think that buildings like this get too much of a bad rap, but this is perfect. The disconnectedness from the landscape sectionally is juxtaposed with its connectivity in plan. I love it :)

  • aeolus

    Did someone say Fransworth House? Great to see this type of design again and the interiors are gorgeous.

  • germanarchitect

    very nice site. and beautyful house.
    maybe the trees will guard of heating in summer.
    in winter, i hope the client has a fuel mine, otherwise the heating costs will make him a poor man.

  • paul

    Some elevations are nice, some view look a little ‘portakabin’ – especially with the grey laminate.

    interesting plan

  • matt

    mmmh no, nobody said Farnsworth House for something that chaotic…

  • LOW

    Farnsworth? anyone?

  • LOW

    Oh, Matt beat me to it

  • ray

    Brainstorming? Poetic? I think not. These houses relate poorly to each other and the land, creating dead and unattractive spaces around and between. Some spaces look great but the forms look in places like the pre-fabricated low cost classrooms used 20 years ago in my country.

  • louis

    Beautifull photographs & a interesting concept drawing…

  • Caravan park-esque.

  • floyd landis

    Nice job, you can hardly see the wheels.