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Contemporary housing project for BBC Lycée Léonard de Vinci, Montpellier


French architectural practice Hellin-Sebbag Architectes Associes have designed the Logements Basse Consommation dans le lycée Léonard de Vinci project. Completed in 2012, the Eco-chic halls of residence can be found in Montpellier, France.

To give more privacy to the housing function, the architects decided to build the project in a woodland area located on the western edge of the school. The 11 units are grouped in a compact building on 6 storeys, a small tower, in contrast to the high school, which is spread out horizontally.

The materials chosen for the lodgings include: wooden deck flooring aligned inside for full accessibility for disabled guests, glass railings, sliding shutters with anodised aluminum mesh, this allows the sunshine to come through but also offers privacy at the same time. The mesh was chosen as it’s almost opaque from the outside but transparent from the inside, which allows residents to enjoy distant views of the surrounding cleared even when the blinds are closed.

Although the building is modest looking, this is emblematic. It shows how one can build comfortable and stylish accommodation with generous outdoor spaces from simple materials and durable while reducing energy costs.

Images courtesy of Benoit Wehrlé


Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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February 19, 2013 | Property | View comments

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