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Annemasse - Appartments and shops

  • Annemasse [Haute-Savoie]
  • 2014
Completed
(Photo by Sergio Grazia)

(Photo by Sergio Grazia)

(Photo by Sergio Grazia)

(Photo by Sergio Grazia)

(Photo by Sergio Grazia)

(Photo by Sergio Grazia)

(Photo by Sergio Grazia)

(Photo by Sergio Grazia)

(Photo by Sergio Grazia)

(Photo by Sergio Grazia)

(Photo by Sergio Grazia)

(Photo by Sergio Grazia)

(photo by Sergio Grazia) View from the upper levels of the building

(photo by Sergio Grazia) View from the upper levels of the building

Contemporary comfort in the Alps

Eleven-floor building in the city center of Annemasse : eight street-level shops topped by seventy-nine flats.

Located between the historic center of Annemasse in the French Alps, and its train station, Chablais-Gare district was the subject of an overall project, with joint programming, including social housing, apartments for homeownership, serviced residence, hotel, offices, shops and cinema.

The complex designed by Ameller, Dubois & Associés stems from a base dedicated to various commercial activities, and topped by 8 levels of apartments, which creates continuous activity in and out the neighbourhood.

The middle part of the residential buildings looks smooth and compact, while the upper floors crown the composition with an arrangement of simple volumes. This duality between the appearance of the quiet looking lower levels and the more extrovert upper levels is underlined by the difference in the choice of materials. The upper floors are covered with 13 cm wide larch slats, mounted vertically. The base is glazed and unified by a horizontal strip 3,70m from the ground.

While the appearance of the building may seem identical on all four sides, the intricate volume of the “crown” actually differentiates the look of the complex from every angle. This wooden sculpted shape diverts the notion of attic - usually modestly hiding from the street views - asserting itself as an architectural event.

CLIENT
Société civile immobilière Chablais Parc II

ARCHITECTS
Marc Rolinet, architecte de la ZAC et du bâtiment A2
Ameller, Dubois et Associés, architectes de développement du projet et de conception du bâtiment A1
Philippe de Fouchier, architecte du permis de construire et de la modification du bâtiment A2

ENGINEERING
Bureau Plantier (structure)
CETBI (fluides)
Lasa (acoustique)
Alpes Contrôles

LANDSCAPE DESIGN
Atelier du Bocal

BUILDING CONTRACTOR
Floriot

SURFACE
7,400 sqm

COST
€13,000,000 plus taxes

 

Contractor
SCI Chablais Parc II
Location
Annemasse [Haute-Savoie]
Dates
2010 - 2014
Surface
7400 m²
Budget
13 M€ HT
Architects
Philippe Ameller, Jacques Dubois, Philippe de Fouchier, Marc Rolinet. Asssistés de Jean-François Brecq, Catherine Laroche, Stéphane Martin
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