D'HOUNDT+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'HOUNDT + BAJART agency which gives back its letters of nobility to the building and enlarges it, decorating the collective housing complex. Zoom on an intelligently conducted rehabilitation project.

Named after its architect, the Villa Maillard, characterized by its Anglo-Norman style, has always been an architectural UFO, even during its construction in the 1930s. A marked eccentricity which is inscribed in the history of the city de Tourcoing, former place of residence of the rich industrialists of Greater Lille whose homes were all more fanciful than the others. If the structure had then been neglected in recent years, its renovation carried out by the D'HOUNDT + BAJART agency pays tribute to its uniqueness and originality while keeping it in line with its time.

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The first step of this project? Refresh the spaces and architectural details, especially the wooden frame filled with bricks, the restoration of which required great attention and unique know-how. The condition of the frame does not allow the structure to be raised, so the volumes had to be rethought. In addition, due to its great obsolescence, the upper part of the set is now covered with a pre-patinated red zinc lining, reviving the original colors of the house while giving 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 paid to an iconic work.

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Photographs: Philippe Braquenier

Zoe Térouinard