In the building's central void, dwellers can share a continually illuminated unique space. As the light…
Architects Stéphane Maupin & Nicholas Hugon have recently completed the M Building in Paris, on a 600 metre long, 25 metre wide plot. The site is surrounded by the Batignoles' cemetery on one side and by the back entrance of the international high school Honoré de Balzac on the other. The transformation of this narrow abandoned street has seen the establishment of ten new buildings.
The local rules for urbanism and the scope statements associated to this neighbourhood were influential in the design team's plans and as a result the building is not allowed to open any views on the cemetery. This results in a blind front for the building, making it impossible to have regularly arranged front facing flats. The solution to these constraints determined that each flat benefits from both multiple sights and light sources at any time of day and year.
This climatic mechanism determined the shape of the building, with the solar templates of the project sculpting internal slopes which get to the very heart of the construction. Two 45° symmetrical slopes establish a triangular quadrant, relieving the whole block from the building's compactness. As a result, a central void appears, where the dwellers can share a continually illuminated unique space. As the light hits one side in the morning, the opposite side will benefit from it in the afternoon.