2010/2013 - Grenoble

The Zac Blanche Monier apartment building

This 24 apartments building was designed to enable its occupants to live in the city as if in a house, with a privileged relation to the outdoors. It is located in the Ile Verte, a heterogeneous district of Grenoble by the Isère River, made up of detached houses, small apartment blocks and workshops. It meets official low energy consumption (BBC) standards with renewable energy.

All the apartments are dual exposure and extend into a large, continuous, west facing terrace. The apartments at the ends of the building have triple exposure. All of them are served by an outdoor walkway with protection on the eastern side. The building is designed for easy daily bicycle use: each apartment has a cycle lock-up, protected by openwork clapperboard painted like garden sheds, with space for several bikes. The lift is also big enough to accommodate bicycles.

The building is very compact. For optimum use of space, the stairwell and lift are in a separate unit, linked to the main volume by a walkway. This open structure is surrounded by vegetation: lines of planting boxes with automatic watering systems accommodate climbing plants that will gradually wrap around the cables and nets stretched between the floors. The staircase thus becomes an integral part of the garden that the occupants cross to reach their apartments. The building is simple in shape, a rhomboid punctuated lengthways by running terraces on the western side and by walkways on the eastern side.

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Client
Bouygues Immobilier

Area
Total floor area: 1505. m²
Housing floor area: 1,430 m²

Cost
€2.1 million excluding VAT

Location

32-34 rue Blanche Monier, Grenoble

Project management
Hérault Arnod Architectes, lead architects
Florent Bellet, project manager
ITEE, fluids
BSI, structure
IBSE, construction costings

Timetable
Building permit April 2010
Tender september 2013

Programme
17 first-time buyer units, 7 social housing units
with underground lockups

Photographs
Olivier Fernandez

Environmental certification
Low energy consumption