Modular research study into high density housing that promotes physical and mental wellbeing

Chapman Taylor's Paris studio recently conducted a virtual modular construction research study for a 6,400 m² plot of urban land.

The intent of the study was to maximise urban density while maintaining the privacy of inhabitants, harmonise nature and housing (terraces, greenery, sunshine) and encourage community spirit.

The resulting design concept allows for the efficient use of high-quality modular construction that can help alleviate housing shortages whilst at the same time promoting physical and mental wellbeing through biophilic design principles.

Some key design principles included:

DENSITY

The project aims to respond to a significant need for housing. Therefore, the proposed solution extends over the entire plot.

FOREST

The dwellings are arranged around a communal forest in the centre of the plot. This central park offers the flats a sense of privacy and security.

SUNSHINE

The slope of the terraces and the orientation of the buildings allow all the dwellings to benefit from several orientations and to be directly lit by the sun.

COMMUNAL SPACES

Communal spaces like the forest and garden terraces are made available to the residents of the block to enhance community spirit.

FAÇADES

We created a building scheme with two very different exteriors, with urban and largely glazed façades facing outwards and an inward-facing façade of forest balconies overlooking the central woodland plot.

TERRACE AND GARDENS

The units benefit from an outward extension onto generous and sunny garden terraces generated by the building’s tiered architecture. Thanks to the L-shaped flats, the garden terraces provide privacy while offering views of the park in the centre of the plot. The green space is capable of being used for urban kitchen gardens.

FRAME STRUCTURE

We designed the building to meet the aim of preventing shadows and providing hanging gardens for every unit, bathed in sunshine.

Internal layout is rational and realistic, using a regular frame for the units (which vary between one and four bedrooms), regular central cores, a dual aspect (or at least two orientations) and optimised common areas.

The structural regularity of the plan lends itself to the use of modular construction, a high quality of finish and cost savings.

Nicolas Guillot (Dip Arch DESA Registered architect ‘Ordre des architectes Ile de France’)

Director, Paris

With extensive design experience leading various projects from conception through to delivery, Nicolas has managed large-scale projects across various sectors in both France and internationally.

Nicolas joined Chapman Taylor in London in 1998. He relocated to Paris in 2001 and is now the Director responsible for the general management and development of our Paris studio.

Areas of expertise:

Retail / Masterplanning

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