Eric Arsenault Architecture

01 Varennes Vauzelles 15 logements

15 individual houses

  • Localisation : Varennes-Vauzelles (58)
  • Program : 15 twin houses : 5 x 3-room house, 8 x 4-room house, 2 x 5-room house, BBC + Qualitel norm
  • Project type : new build
  • Surface : 2 208 m2
  • Cost : 1 777 000 € excl. VAT
  • Client : Logivie Batigere
  • Work duration : 18 months
  • Delivered: 2014
  • Photos : Christophe Deschanel

The houses are located along the street, following the urban requirement of a 5m set back. They are grouped adjacently, the line of construction being intersected by a driveway.

To limit the repetitive effect of 15 similar houses and to generate some diversity, the units are designed with roof slopes changing from one house to the other, with staggered volumes and different heights, progressing according to the slope.

To the north (street side) the house front overlooks the public space offering a completely open area, without fence, hedge or wall and the volumes are offset to generate personal entrances. To the south (in the gardens) this offset generates patios private from one another.

Inside, natural light is favoured in all spaces including in the stairs and corridors. In 4-room properties, one of the upstairs bedrooms gives onto a private balcony.

The houses are made of clay brick with rounded corners and velvety coatings. During the summer, on the south side, wooden pergolas provide shade to the bay windows and can be used to grow vines.

The houses are Qualitel certified with high performance acoustic and insulation criteria.