Christophe Rousselle : Courbes

The architect Christophe Roussel delivers a set of 134 dwellings completed by five commercial premises in Colombes (92). A curvaceous program, as its name suggests, since it can be identified by its multitude of tortuous balconies. Back on a strong architectural gesture.

The 9 square meter operation consists of two concrete and stainless steel buildings along the tram line of the Hauts-de-Seine municipality. Double height shops on the ground floor are overhung by housing, all with unique outdoor spaces. These terraces, varied in shape and height, constitute the very particular volume of Curves.


Each floor is the subject of a special treatment allowing to put its orientation in value and also attenuating the constraints related to the neighborhoods - vis à vis or too much shade in particular. The dwellings thus benefit from unique balconies, with an average surface of 22 square meters, whose wooden floors are delimited by glass bodyguards playing with the rays of the sun. A warm treatment which lightens the massive character of the whole, reinforced in the heart of the block by the presence of thirty umbrella pines.

The same qualitative treatment is offered to interior spaces. Tenants thus access their apartments of various typologies - all with solid oak floors - via a double height main hall decorated with a spectacular sculpture made up of more than 500 aluminum tubes.

A project that acts as a signal in the landscape of Colombes.

To learn more, visit Christophe Rousselle's website

Photographs: Takeji Shimmura

Zoe Térouinard

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