Intergenerational residence - Lésigny

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Intergenerational residence, 
Lésigny, France

Studies : 2018-2019
Project owner : Bouygues Immobilier
Partners : Dialogue Urbain urbaniste coordonnateur
Floor area : 4.000m²
Cost : N.C.
Label : E3C1

In a world partitioned between populations as much as between generations, the role of the architect is to create buildings capable of bringing people together. Intergenerational residence is a first means of combating the isolation of the elderly and the difficulty of young people in finding housing.

Following a general dynamic of development in the municipality of Lésigny and the surrounding area (construction of 500 housing units, creation of a school, etc.), SAME has thought of establishing an intergenerational residence in its territory. Imagined as a place of sharing and meeting, this project promotes exchanges and social links between generations and populations.

Located on the edge between a rural and urban world, the project aims to create a confluence of population.

The proximity between the inhabitants calls for a low volume (R + 1) whose circulation spaces encourage strolling. The four independent buildings are built around a green patio, the heart of the program. The linear around this patio as well as the interior spaces, articulated by the voids, are conducive to chance encounters.

The program offers residents different forms of living, ranging from beguinage to intergenerational roommates, offering both independence and social bond. Each wing has between fifteen and twenty accommodation units:

. 70% of the program is available in classic intergenerational housing (each his own).

. 30% of the program is offered in shared accommodation. This latter way of life has an advantage both for the elderly who do not wish to live alone, but also for young people who wish to benefit from a lower rent in return for services (shopping, attendance, etc.).

A unique frame on a wooden structure has been worked. It allows the building to evolve, whether it be a change of typology (one T2 is equal to two T1) or complete reversibility of the program, in offices for example.

The principle of constructive frame is reminiscent of column housing. This represents a saving of time and an economy of construction.