32 houses in Poitiers
by Lanoire & Courrian

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Metal trellises offer a framework for climbing plants and vines around these recently completed houses in Poitiers, France, by Bordeaux studio Lanoire & Courrian (+ slideshow).

32 houses in Poitiers

Lanoire & Courrian has added 32 residences in the suburban district of Bel Air, including 22 rental properties and 10 houses for sale. Arranged in two rows, the houses create new streets that branch off a realigned Rue des Frères Morane.

32 houses in Poitiers

Each of the houses is clad with corrugated metal, which has been powder-coated in shades of grey and lilac. Timber fencing lines the base of the walls and marks the borders of each property.

32 houses in Poitiers

Rather than position the houses evenly, the architects used a staggered arrangement to break up the facades and create natural recesses. Narrow passageways were added between houses to offer visual corridors.

32 houses in Poitiers

"We imagined the project as a series of strips on a plot," say the architects. "The idea is to have an overall geometry of buildings and vegetation."

32 houses in Poitiers

A secondary road scoops in through the centre of the site, leading to some entrances and allowing access to driveways. Houses without driveways can make use of an underground car park with its entrance on Rue des Frères Morane.

32 houses in Poitiers

"We wanted to create an island that is both an intimate space and a porous and fluid space, allowing different modes of travel with respect to both the outside and inside," add the architects.

32 houses in Poitiers

The houses follow a standard layout, with living rooms on the ground floor and bedrooms upstairs. Each residence also comes with a garden and a small shed.

32 houses in Poitiers

Other housing projects we've featured in France include a timber-clad retirement home near Paris and a social housing complex in Saint-Gilles Croix de Vie with camouflage print on its walls.

32 houses in Poitiers

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32 houses in Poitiers
Site plan overview

Photography is by Stephane Chalmeau.

32 houses in Poitiers
Site plan overview
32 houses in Poitiers
Ground floor plan - click for larger image
32 houses in Poitiers
First floor plan - click for larger image
32 houses in Poitiers
Site section one - click for larger image
32 houses in Poitiers
Site section two - click for larger image
  • mmmhhh

    Expensive cheapness.

  • paraphernal

    They remind me of Giancarlo de Carlo’s complex in Mazzorbo, or the early Lucien Kroll proto “green” housing in Belgium: utterly poetic, with a strong yet easy sense of identity given by the hanging plant structures and the softly staggered layout. Very, very inspiring.

  • JayCee

    Is it supposed to look like disaster relief shelters?