Subsidized Housing Reinterpreted: LESS in Paris
Architect: AAVP Architecture
Location: Passage Delessert, 75010 Paris (FR)
Density and Small-Scale Construction
The basement and ground floor are home to a gymnasium and a dance studio. The building features 69 living units distributed over six storeys. The floor plans of the apartments are all arranged according to the shotgun approach. Some of the apartments are in duplex form. Every apartment has a private exterior space, as terraces on the first upper storey and as loggias of various depths on the higher floors. These jutting free spaces enable conversation, yet ensure residents a modicum of privacy as well. They have the effect of making the complex seem less monumental than it is, despite its enormous size. Rather, it appears modular, even small-scale. Moreover, the loggias give the complex its high recognition factor.
Permeability and Delimitation
The loggias are of larchwood, which reappears as a design element throughout the entire project. The ground floor stands out from the rest of the building. A metal grid covers it in a delicate veil that makes a fascinating interplay of permeability and delimitation. This shields the gymnasium, which is behind the grid, from inquisitive glances without any great loss of natural light.