Clever Or Crazy: Suburban Homes Perched On Roof Of Multifamily Building
November 21, 2012
images © Paul Raftery
Even in France, suburban neighborhoods often lack architectural pizzazz, but Edouard Francois is working to change that. The architect cast aside the cookie-cutter mentality to create Urban Collage, a complex in Champigny-sur-Marne, near Paris, that features homes stacked atop each other in haphazard ways. In terms of form and materials, the architecture is something of a jumbled mess—a commentary, perhaps, on how suburban developments are often “thrown together.” Read more.
The complex contains 116 residential units (townhouses, apartments, and single-family homes), along with stores and cafes. The ground level takes its cue from a typical French townhouse; the buildings are clad in tiles or panels made of zinc, copper, and terracotta.
In the center of this three-tiered architectural cake, a horizontal component features bands of windows and matte coloring that contrasts with the shiny cladding below.
Small bungalows are plunked on top of the building in a seemingly random sequence. The homes extend beyond the walls of the building, adding some suspense. These rooftop dwellings remind us of another bizarre project we wrote about this year: surbuban-style homes built atop a giant shopping mall in China. These strange homes certainly give new meaning to the idea of a penthouse!
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