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Author(s): Jean-Luc Hesters, architecte conseil de l'état

Les époisses

This ensemble designed by Maurice Novarina reflects the period of large scale dwellings’ production engendered by the national economic growth. It is the apparition of new in a series production modes made possible by crane track and tunnel technics.

It is the opportunity for the architectes to think about vertical fragmentation modes according to the buildings great lengths, and horizontal ones for their new heights.

Here at Epoisses the arrangement rests upon a balance between vertical and horizontal lines thanks to subtle distance of vertical structure at the intersection of horizontal bands creating window panes. This plan allows playing with the building scale by making simple or double-height effects which the architect deals with in a vertical and thorough stacking.

The main building mass is horizontally made by the superposition of three double-heights in between two simple-heights insert, and vertically by the alternation of full and empty parts corresponding to living rooms’ loggias.

The attic is made by the stacking of two simple-heights headlined by a subtly lifted up parapet in order to catch the sky.