HOUSING I PARK | NBJ Architectes

Montpellier, France

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The housing building "I-Park" facing the new town hall of Montpellier, is a building of eight levels in variable layers designed by NBJ Architectes,  developed through a process of dialogue with the city of Montpellier, the equipment company of the Montpelliéraine region, Jean Nouvel, chief architect of the ZAC, and the promoter Pragma.

Thought like a stratified and faceted monolith, the project constitutes an urban built front in its dividing line with the street. Adjoining the project site, a public park in the continuity of Lez will offer unobstructed views of the river and its banks to housing. A landscape band allows a distance between public and private spaces.

The base of the project is treated with stamped concrete while the body of the project consists of a unified facade. A double skin allows adaptability to each orientation, in connection with the direct/projected environment. A specific composition was thought for the urban facade. It is a sequence of three buildings interacting with each other and thus forming an animated entity. The facades facing the park and the Lez have the challenge of offering the vision of a park turning on the frame, integrating and absorbing perfectly the construction in its environment. A game between vegetated facades and reflecting facades projecting the plant in the urban fabric is thus set up.

This project draws its specificity from a strong desire for research and experimentation on living conditions in a Mediterranean climate. The vegetated facades are the subject of upstream research allowing us to work directly with specialists as well as the realization of prototypes.


Project name: I Park
Location: ZAC Consul de Mer – Montpellier (34) - France
Architects: Elodie NOURRIGAT/Jacques BRION – NBJ Architectes
Owner: Sogeprom Pragma - Occitanie
Project area: 4 000 m2
Project ending: 2019

Team: Calder, Durand, Apave and Tracer

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