The “Housing” category nominates the most admirable architectural achievements in terms of individual and collective housing. This year, the juries and the readers rewarded an astonishing family house located in Cherbourg (50) and a set of 71 social housing units in La Courneuve (93).
“Accommodation - Individual” Prize: The umbrellas of Cherbourg, Cherbourg (50) - Trapèze Architecture
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), a famous film by Jacques Demy, now also refers to the Trapèze Architecture project, which reinvests the former Umbrella factory in Cherbourg and transforms it into an exceptional contemporary loft. Not Catherine Deneuve here, but bright accommodation with a resolutely contemporary industrial character.
Symptom of the housing crisis of the 1960s, the Cité des 4000 in La Courneuve (93) quickly became one of the sensitive points of Seine-Saint-Denis, between political neglect, violence and dilapidation; an observation that will have waited nearly 50 before being awkwardly questioned with the destruction of the Balzac bar in 2011. It is in this complex context that the teams of JTB.architecture and MaO architects are intervening today by proposing the construction of 71 social housing.
To learn more, visit the ADC Awards website and discover the selection of the category "Accommodation".