Urban Collage by Maison Edouard François

Maison Edouard François created this three-level housing block in Champigny-sur-Marne.

CHAMPIGNY-SUR-MARNE – For an urban renewal plan in Champigny-sur-Marne, Maison Edouard François created this three level housing block – with townhouses across the base, apartments in the centre, and single family homes across the top.

The results feels like a mind trick: the houses atop look as if they’ve lifted off in some architectural version of the Wizard of Oz. Each layer evokes a particular time period and style. While the townhouses have modern copper, zinc and tile facades, they're topped by 1950s style apartments, and simple homes.

'We organized them as archetypes to be read from bottom to top', the architect says. 'The complexity of this project lies in the vertical superposition of these structural elements, shifting the three typologies independently.'

The space also includes retail shops, and  the block is opened by numerous entries, gateways and alleys between the townhouses.

Photos courtesey of Paul Raftery

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