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D’Hount + Bajart : Villa Maillard

An emblematic building in Tourcoing (59), the Villa Maillard had nevertheless fallen into disuse for many years. A neglect that is now a thing of the past thanks to the D'Hount + Bajart agency, which is giving the building back its nobility and enlarging it, embellishing the collective housing complex. Focus on an intelligently carried out rehabilitation project.

Named after its architect, the Villa Maillard, characterized by its Anglo-Norman style, has always been an architectural UFO, even when it was built in the 1930s. A marked eccentricity which is part of the history of the city de Tourcoing, former residence of the wealthy industrialists of Greater Lille whose residences were all more fanciful than the others. If the structure had been neglected in recent years, its renovation led by the agency D'Hount + Bajart pays tribute to its uniqueness and originality while keeping it in tune with the times.

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The first step in this project? Refresh the spaces and architectural details, in particular the wooden frame filled with bricks, the restoration of which required great attention and unique know-how. The state of the frame does not allow the structure to be raised, so the volumes had to be rethought. In addition, due to its great dilapidation, the upper part of the complex is now covered with a pre-patinated red zinc lining, reviving the original colors of the house while bringing it a touch of modernity additional.
To the east of the plot, the architects add extensions with a wooden frame and whose clear covering, punctuated by a repetitive pattern of scales, contrasts with the brick color of the period villa and surrounding constructions.

The program offers atypical accommodation and an exceptional living environment. Part of a planted plot comprising rare specimens such as a ginkgo biloba, the renovation project includes individual accommodation and eight new apartments, each benefiting from unconventional volumes, echoing the unique charm of an adjoining building.

A beautiful tribute to an iconic work.

To learn more, visit D'Hount + Bajart website

Photographs: Philippe Braquenier

Zoe Térouinard

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