This project aims to associate each residential unit with a generously-sized private outdoor area whose proportions recall those of the traditional patios. The plan is to recreate the qualities of the traditional patio-homes, designing the open area as the fundamental and federating element of the residence:
Re-interpreting the appearance of the patio and its functions (organisation and access, use and extension of living areas, thermal regulation)
Re-inventing new relationships between inside and out
Proposing an individual, outdoor entrance
The organisation of both public and private space must be considered horizontally, from the street area to the centres of the blocks, as well as vertically. The first two levels of this eco-district are reserved for public urban functions, such as facilities, shops, services and professional premises. The density and organisation of this multi-functional urban platform limits and prioritises the public space. However, it allows a variety of secure pedestrian routes through to the centre of the block, protected from the noise and dangers of road traffic. The upper floors are reserved for housing.
Between these two areas, there is a new 2nd level reference floor: a high level shared area, serving as a transitional buffer between public and family life. This level proposes a multi-functional urban ground with communal areas in the form of small squares and gardens. Vertical plantations ensure the privacy for the residences. Semi-collective vegetable gardens have been installed on the roofs and equipped with rainwater collection systems.
– Architect: Arte Charpentier Architectes
– Partners: Lafarge
– Country: Algeria
– Post code: 16000-16132
– City: Algiers
– Study : 2011
– Shops, services and business premises: 10,000m²
– Public facilities: 1,500m² + 1 hotel
– Residential density: 85 homes per hectare
– Number of residences: 143 (2 – 6 rooms)