NAUSICAÄ GARDENS (2015)
Collective housing in general, and social housing in particular are the core program to favor a “vivre-ensemble” (“living-together). The French program of social housing is made in such a way that all municipalities are required to incorporate a certain percentage of it. Many wealthy cities, however, prefer to pay the fines triggered by not respecting this legislation, rather than mixing a population coming from a lower-social class than its average one. Other neighborhoods of many cities experience a phenomena of gentrification that implements (at various speeds) the replacement of a working class area into a middle class one. The Nausicaä Social Housing constitutes an architectural attempt to enforce the social diversity of wealthy municipalities in the West parts/suburbs of Paris.
The ground of the project is designed as a gigantic playground refusing flatness as a fatality. Its oblique characteristics are motivated by the ode to gravity they constitute (see article on The Funambulist), in particular in the way they have been used in the architectural works of Claude Parent / Paul Virilio and Arakawa / Madeline Gins. The playground function of the ground is strengthen by the multitude of posts supporting the housing units themselves, like a concrete forest suitable for many other playful/restful activities. The aerial bridges between each units participate to making this complex something of a labyrinth where neighboring sociality is encouraged.