U15 Novello Eligio
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Located near the village of Bex, the
sustainable Bex-Jardins housing project offers 12 residential high mixing
typology buildings and 138 dwellings, spread over a vast park of 25,000 sqm. The initial assignment plan, considered expensive in land resources, was
densified to optimise the use of ground and architectural volumes. The total
floor area was increased by 40 per cent, respecting the large-scale planning.
The architectural vocabulary is inspired by local materiality and climate. The
wooden façade, consisting of sliding, filtering
or protective elements with split volumes, articulates the outdoor spaces and
interacts both with the medium-sized neighbouring rural buildings and the scale
of the majestic landscape. The diversified typologies – small courtyard houses with staggered levels,
courtyard housing, housing/activity surfaces or connectable apartments –
integrate the different volumes, responding to the needs of various
generations. The deliberate consideration of lasting and secondary construction elements (such
as light walls and façades) offered
further potential for building development. The landscaping consists of private and public gardens, flower meadows surrounded
by the buildings, squares of exchange and sharing articulated around a large
central orchard and connected by a network of paths that cross the buildings.
The garden design and practice ensure social bonds. The project utilises wood central heating, natural ventilation and solar energy
as main energy sources.