French Houses In The Form Of White Caged Boxes

Jan 17, 2017

Bordeaux-based More Architecture and Poggi Architecture, teamed up to design the 1,886-square-metre scheme named White Clouds, which provides 30 residential apartments for a French town, Saintes.

Working together as Poggi + More, the architects devised a scheme aiming to maximise outdoor space through a series of gridded metal balconies.

"The building is positioned in such a way as to respect the site's quality, rather than merely colonise the given space," said the architects. "The little boxes project outwards, embracing the most interesting vistas."

Caged balconies are "grafted" onto all sides of the block, to make sure there is no primary facade. Their size and placement matches with the need of each individual apartment, which is contained within three white, corrugated metal blocks.

"Exit conventional balconies, terraces and loggias with their separating walls and shields of varying transparency, used to hide unsightly objects or provide a modicum of intimacy," said the architects.



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