Villeneuve d'Ascq - 59
The project takes its origin when two couples of friends bought together two semi-detached plots and tossed them up. Their will to build two twin houses that match together, gives a particular character to the project.Designed in opposition to the classical view of terraced houses, both houses compose one with respect to the other.
The twin houses are made of interlinked volumes which allow each of them not to have direct views on the other but to take advantage of a detached house in town. The views from the houses are oriented towards gardens and outdoor.
On the street side oriented north, the house is established 5 meters back from the street. The upstairs bedroom is projected to cantilever alignment by making both a carport and canopy protected from the rain and gives to the room natural light from the western window.
The houses are planned around a cross, transparent place which has a vocation to distribute the different functions of the house : stairs, the transparent corridor on the 1st floor, the patio which enlightens the bathroom and offers a view towards the sky. The living area is fully open between the front and rear garden. It establishes a strong link between the public space of the city and the private space of the garden.
The way the two families took possession of the places, the living spaces and their gardens make everybody feel like living in a single house while in a semidetached !