3BOX92 by Stephane Malka
Stacks in the City
Architect Stephane Malka's passion is to renew urban life by making clever use of under-utilised spaces in cities. This remarkable house in the Boulogne Billancourt area of Paris is a great example.
The brief is to build a two-storey extension to a 19th century house on an ordinary city street. In response, the architect proposed a series of prefabricated volumes stacked, tetris style, on top of the existing garage. This creates a dynamic front facade, painted black with custom window shutters for privacy, and a lively rear facade with overhangs and balconies, painted white to reflect the south-facing aspect. This graphic approach continues indoors: black frames highlight the "joints" between the volumes whilst bold bursts of colour provide interest and surprise.
All this is far from form over function. The boxy volumes are constructed off-site, which minimises construction time and disruption. The key ingredient is a patented panel made of natural and recyclable materials with superb insulation properties. If the architect's vision takes hold, expect to see clever buildings like this landing on your neighbourhood soon.
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