This housing complex in Rennes, France, was a project idealized by Edmond Herve, Rennes' mayor from 1977 until 2008. Last year, 2009, the project was finally conceived by Atelier du Pont Architects as an example of modern and social architecture.

The Lucien Rose complex was built keeping the historic and the identity of its neighborhood, the Thabor Botanical Gardens. The complex consists in 81 housing units splited into 6 buildings carefully projected, with great care with the materials, colors and scale. All that to perfectly insert the building into the city context. Everything matches and create a feeling of unity between the buildings and the urban space.

Lucien Rose Complex in France

Lucien Rose Complex in France

Lucien Rose Complex in France

Lucien Rose Complex in France

Lucien Rose Complex in France

Lucien Rose Complex in France

Lucien Rose Complex in France

Besides the worries with the aesthetic of these buildings, the group of architects also offered a library to the local community, a building with cool singularities witch abuses of natural lightening and the contrast among neutral and vibrant colors. Besides being a cultural space well inserted in an area with a great flow of people.

And to complete the awesomeness of the project, they used sustainable elements. Solar energy, water re-usage, plants that demand less water, solar heating to piped water and further details that make this space a reason of proud to the community of Rennes.

Lucien Rose Complex in France

Lucien Rose Complex in France

Lucien Rose Complex in France

Lucien Rose Complex in France

Lucien Rose Complex in France

Lucien Rose Complex in France

Lucien Rose Complex in France

Lucien Rose Complex in France

Photographs: Luc Boegly

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