Guillaume Ramillien Architecture : Eco-cité La Garenne

Installed in a neglected area of ​​Fourchambault (58), the Eco-city La Garenne renounces the bars of social housing in favor of a pavilion architecture. A way for Guillaume Ramilien's teams to make this forgotten area of ​​the city more attractive and reconnect it with the rest of the town.

Former working city on the outskirts of Nevers, Fourchambault is characterized by a strong presence of social housing. A finding that is confirmed in the district of "back station", that of La Garenne, cut from the rest of the town by a railway and whose tired towers come out of the concrete.


To restore dignity to this isolated neighborhood, Guillaume Ramillien imagines a set of 34 social rental housing including several typologies: 6 individual apartments, individual 8 grouped and 20 small intermediaries. The project also includes a landscaping of two hectares, made possible by the destruction of about forty obsolete housing. In addition, a pedestrian bridge now allows you to reach the city center, ensuring a stronger link with the rest of the city and promoting exchanges between different urban spaces.

The architectural approach is inspired by the classic four-sided house with a double-sided roof that is modernized here in a more contemporary and abstract way. The volumes are superimposed, intermingled and distinguished by the alternation of white-surfaced cellular concrete monomer blocks on the ground floor and penthouses - made from traditional framing and wood-framed walls - covered with golden corrugated metal. The gardens, on the other hand, repeat the classic codes of joint ownership, such as fences in ganivelles or vegetable hedges.

A revisit of the pavilion area that energizes the district of La Garenne without disorienting its inhabitants.

The project is selected for the ADC Awards 2019 in the Architecture & Landscape / Housing category

To learn more, visit the ADC Awards and Guillaume Ramillien.

Photographs: Pascal Amoyel

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