Author(s): Detroit Architectes

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This housing project falls into the scope of a “traditional” commission for social housing with a small financial envelope and the economic effort of which will not be so much of a politician ambition than a constraint of a project like another, an invariant.

It falls within the framework of a “banal” environment of a housing development at the doors of the Vendée prefecture that is subject to regulations encouraging vernacular architecture. An architecture “acceptable for all” we could say.

This project boasts a modest scale. It crystallises the often-shared desire of our contemporaries: a single-family home with a garden and a garage, with no adjoining house if possible. This is what we are being asked to build.

In surface, the context may appear “ordinary”, but it is not. This project was born from wills.

First a will of the client that wants to work with young architects. It is a will to trust us on the responses that we could bring to this commission albeit without certainties in a first while. It is a risk taking that the programme manager succeeded in bringing to his superiors, to the local player, to the future tenants…

It is then a will that is ours. A will to carry out an “honest”, “radical” and “curious” project. “Honest” because we want it to be intact with the primary idea of the project: bringing an additional space to the dwelling within the budget allocated. “Radical” because it manipulates the archetypes of the house and local vernacular codes by deflecting them and making them aesthetic, thus giving them another sonority. “Curious” because this construction bears a prospective interest to lifestyles, of what would be possible to experience in a non-qualified space.

Finally, it is a common will to produce architecture at the scale of everyday life. Where the “extraordinary” is nothing more than a revisited ordinary. Simply.

Function : 7 social housings