72 Collective Housing Units
by LAN Architecture


Paris studio LAN Architecture have designed apartment blocks for Bordeaux where each residence will have an adaptable loggia.

Called 72 Collective Housing Units, the project is made up of three housing blocks, also including shops and business premises.

Every flat will have an outdoor space that can be transformed by residents and used as a wind break, greenhouse or terrace.

Building is due to be completed in 2012.

More about LAN Architecture on Dezeen:

117 Housing Units (January 2010)
486 Mina El Hosn (October 2009)
Marchesini headquarters (January 2009)
Toy Library in Bonneuil-sur-Marne (July 2008)
Toy Library in Bonneuil-sur-Marne 2 (July 2008)

Below is some text from the LAN Architecture:


The project’s richness and major interest lie in the possibility of inventing an urban lifestyle set in a highly experimental framework enabling the affirmation of new ecological and contemporary architectures.

The diversity of architectural propositions and communal and private spaces had to ensure and enhance this specificity.

dzn_72 collective housing units by LAN Architecutre 7

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The first stage was to ‘sculpt’ the volumes in order to exploit their urban potential and intrinsic spatial qualities.

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We directed our research towards a hybrid typology combining the house and the apartment.

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The principle underlying our approach was that of stacking containers, and careful study of habitat modes, climatic conditions and the sun’s trajectory throughout the year suggested the way to organise this.

The project’s column-slab supporting structure has a system of lightweight façades providing ultra-high performance insulation levels. The relative narrowness of the buildings dictated a strategic search for compactness.

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The idea of variable compactness introduced the notion of a housing unit’s adaptability to seasons and times of day. All residents have the possibility of using their exterior space as a windbreak, a mini-greenhouse or, conversely, as a means of cooling or ventilating.

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The morphology of each unit stems from the wish to develop housing units enabling a variety of uses very simply and with no extra technological input. We are therefore proposing cross-building units with adaptable exterior spaces and at least two different orientations.

Posted on Saturday January 23rd 2010 at 12:43 am by Chris Barnes. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • SarahdeK

    How depressing!

  • sir rob

    very cool

  • The plans are really disappointing and looks like the architect concentrated of how the external and internal images will look instead of investing a bit of time in the actual plans.
    The 2 and 3 bedrooms flat are impractical to my view. The rooms look like a corridor and that is before we can even consider a space for a modest wardrobe. What is the point of showing a circle for a disable wheelchair if the disable person (or perfectly healthy individual) can’t even have a wardrobe or enjoy a minimal quality of space?
    Also, looks to me that the plans and elevations made by two different individuals that never met each other.

  • kai

    If only there were bigger plans…

  • @lior: you should know that plan for housing in France are extremely dependant on “disabled” standards and that sometimes those rules are ABSURD. that`s the case here: the surfaces are kept to the minimal (due to the fact that you have “Student housing”) but you must have a 1,20×2,20 rectangle in the entrance, 1,20 corridors if you have doors perpendicular on that particular corridor, the “disabled room” is minimum 2,80m wide (1,9+0,90m) and has 1,20m on each side of the bed+one circle of 1,50m. and so on………….
    that said, they could have “play” a little more with the plans.

  • @stefan
    Many thanks for the information. You are right, despite the regulations they could and should look more carefully at the plans. I am an architect (RIBA) from London and we also have endless documents of rules & limitations specially with regarding to disability and Health & safety. Even though our role is to obey these rules, it should not prevent us from creating good quality spaces.
    Reading the project descriptions seams to me that they used a lot of nice words but didn’t show one good example of how it been executed.

  • Damn! this is beauty!

  • Pao

    I’d be interested to see how you guys would have solved the problem of the plans. I am a student of architecture and I am still getting to grasp with the whole ideal of “playing with the plans”, I would like examples.

  • gab xiao

    …strikingly elegant and well fit for a Pasisian neighbourhood!

  • @pao,
    You are right, we shouldn’t have said “played” with the plans…we should have said that we “would never created such plans from the first place”.
    If you wish to see better examples go to dezeen home page and on the search tab press housing. You will see many good examples and you should specially look at Herzog de meuron or dutch housing schemes – they are leading in that field – good luck.

  • D.R.A.W.

    again!!!! I love you LAN!!!

  • Tom from HCMC

    thanks for fixing the links, elevations look great for the work i have on precast systems ;D

  • Joaquin

    Nice renderings though.

  • Poster

    Lior i don’t think hdm have a leading role in housing nowadays.their proposal for Paris is well executed but in many ways it doesn’t go any further than being fine.I think that mvrdv has developed the housing schemes in a deeper way: silodam, europan 1,etc. Also other dutch practices such as neutelings and ridick -or whatever they spell it.I do like this project here specially its facade and how it is proposing two kind of relationships,the big hollow and the small,picture like window.I really don’t think I could have done it much better considering the units surface limits and the urban regulations. And actually it is nice! It’s really easy to say that something is bad.try to find good things in every example and so you will get much more

  • isaak

    Once again RSI-studio rendering!

  • i love those elevations

  • My dearest Poster,
    I write many comments and rarely negative ones. Saying that I am looking for bad comments it is simply not true and if you look most of my comments are positive and contractive. However, it does not change the fact that I am entitle to express my views in a professional way and that what I did and that is why we are having this discussion.

    My point was that the plans are poorly done and I stated why. I think the future residents will not enjoy the spaces as they will not be able to fit day to day accessories. I can’t send sample of how I would do it differently as I can’t send sketches, not to mention that it is not my job to fix other people plans…(I have my own clients to work with….). Needless to say, I had no intention of offending you and I am sorry if I did.
    If you will go back to your plans and will try to fit wardrobe and/or cabinets (so I won’t have to go to the hallway to pick up my underware….) you will see that the spaces will not work.

    Also, There is no place for storage what so ever!
    A family need space for kids toys, cleaning stuff, iron board etc…
    The balconies / external spaces that you created will become the storage – I can assure you of that! ….now, as the balconies are facing to the streets, the paasing by people, will not concentrate on the wonderful elevations but on all type of un-used stuff.
    our purpose as architects is to learn from mistakes done in the past and improve as we go along and I don’t think that in this project this role was implemented. take this commets to your boss and ask him what he thinks..

    I am really sorry but that they way I see it.