Groupe-6 : Îlot Casanova

As part of a vast operation conducted by the city of Chartres (28), aimed at renewing the district of the station, the Islet Casanova, designed by the architectural firm Group-6, has different faces. A welcome appearance for a mixed project!

In Chartres, the architects of the Groupe-6 agency sign the construction of a brand new island, "First visible operation within the urban project Pôle Gare"as they explain themselves. Although it is named Casanova, from the name of the nearby street, itself named in honor of Danièle Casanova, French Resistance, deported and deceased at Auschwitz, difficult not to see in this realization a certain metaphor of another historical figure, Venetian adventurer Giacomo Casanova. Contrary to popular belief, the famous Italian was not only a seducer. He was above all a complex man with many facets and identities, in turn writer, spy, magician and even violinist. In short, someone versatile, just like this project delivered at the end 2016.

Casanova Island is primarily a mixed-use building, housing housing, offices and service areas, on a floor area of ​​more than 9 400 square meters organized in a square plan. Moreover, it is a multi-faceted construction, located "Between the suburbs and downtown, and the articulation of two different roads: Rue Pierre Nicole lined with townhouses of modest size, and Danièle Casanova street lined with larger buildings", as told by the project managers. Consequently, it presents a "Pleated skin of zinc and asymmetry, which create gables and fragment volume, rue Nicole. On the contrary, he asserts a unitary and dynamic presence on the other street.

Finally, even in interior spaces, everything is a matter of duplicity. Thus, the 75 housing are all arranged differently, optimizing the quality of life of the inhabitants. Although they all share the same stairwell, each apartment has an exterior, whether it is a balcony or a terrace. What, ultimately, live on an equal footing despite the multiple facets of the project.

Project title : Islet Casanova
City, Country: Chartres (28)
Owner: Chartres Development real estate
Mastery of work : Group-6
Area : 7 000 m2
Cost of works: 12 450 000 € HT
Calendar : October delivery 2016

Photographs: Luc Boegly

The project is selected for les ArchiDesignclub Awards 2018 in the Mixed Program category

To learn more, visit ArchiDesignclub the Awards site et Group-6 

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