The Nemausus social housing project has, since it was completed in , become so well know that it is difficult to put its radical qualities into proper perspective. The use of industrial materials concertina garage doors for balconies, metalwork decking, aluminum open stairs is indeed radical, but does not derive from any intention to shock or to be radical for its own sake. A good apartment was flexible, changeable. And a good apartment was inexpensive. That is the democratic aspect. Next comes the question of the site.
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The Nemausus Social Housing project by Jean Nouvel was completed in , a time during which a massive amount of the population of France was moving from the rural outskirts to the more urban areas. This emigration led to an urgent need for mass housing for a low cost. Nouvel wanted each apartment in the building to be as large as possible, while still being flexible. By doing this he wanted to encourage the tenants of the building to transform their own apartment to fit their needs.
Jean Nouvel was inspired by industrial buildings, and wanted to apply the concepts of such buildings to the Nemausus project. Nouvel also drew inspiration from the design of ships, and used pre-manufactured industrial components throughout the building. People really took to the Nemausus project because it was so dramatically different from any apartment building that had come before it.
It was built in an industrial zone as part of a project to improve public housing in the area. Because Nouvel was so inspired by industrial design, he was able to lower the overall costs of construction and make the apartments available to a wider range of people. Apart from being greatly cheaper than much of the housing at the time, the Nemausus provided a whole new look for public housing in France.
One of the things that I found most interesting about this project was the flexibility of the interior spaces. This was one of the most important aspects of the project in the eyes of Jean Nouvel. He felt it was important that the tenants be able to create their own space inside of each individual apartment. He used one main core in each apartment that included the bathroom, and a pantry. Even though the core moved around in different apartments, those items were always together. The large glass doors in each apartment also give the space a feeling of flexibility.
They allow the tenant to almost bring the outside in to their apartment. Nouvel was also able to add quite a bit of exterior space surrounding this building.
He raised the building up off the ground and used the space he gained for parking, which was a fairly revolutionary idea for the area. There is also a large green space in between the two buildings for tenants to enjoy. Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom.
Built from to , Memausus Housing was a very successful project of social housing which inhabitants like a lot. All elements of the project, balconies, different lengths of the two buildings, the use of construction materials were at the service of various functions. Before this project, as a result of capitalism and the development of cities, attempts of social housing had been made in Europe without the same concept which also made those projects manifold and have their own focus on different needs of functions. Like Like.
A good room, for just about everybody, means a big room. A good apartment, above all else, means a big apartment. In this project, basic but forgotten principles have been resurrected and clearly applied. Norms of social housing have been dropped in a bid to overcome the fate that leads to this churning out of apartments, all virtually identical, that only spread sadness — the sadness of a social condition that tends to confuse person and number, norm and quality, model and identity.
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