The challenge of this project is to build collective housing with the same qualities and advantages of the single-family home (the sense of privacy, the outdoor space, autonomy as well as strong sensory contact with the outdoors) with the addition of social public space and without the latter’s disadvantages in terms of environmental impact.Bègles, France
Begles is not a finished project, but rather a “form in movement”. It is an envelope that can double its size tomorrow, and thus, double its density. Each apartment can access its winter garden to increase its living area. In response to the family growth, the inhabitants can add a room within a framework that has already been constructed, and remove it once the kids have left the house.A mid season architecture
The idea behind the project is to create a hybrid between the individual and the collective housing. The typology, chosen as the starting point of the concept of hybridization, is the Bordeaux ‘echoppes’ : one-story houses, built in-depth. The simple stalls (with a facade between 5 and 6 meters high) have a side corridor, leading to a main room and a communal space next to the courtyard.Hybrid Housing
For this first Focus On, Umberto Napolitano and Venezia Ferret present a housing project in Bègles. The project principle underlying the approach was that of stacking containers, and careful study of new habitat modes. The idea of variable compactness introduced the notion of a housing unit’s adaptability to seasons and times of day.An urban lifestyle set in a highly experimental ecological and contemporary architectures.
For its first monographic issue, AMC published an illustrated interview with Umberto Napolitano about our practice. Around different topics, the journalist Margaux Guislain proposed a discussion on LAN's philosophy and expectations for the future.