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BUILDING
 
 
Belvedere Saint Christophe
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DESIGNER
 
 
Ricardo Bofill

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DESCRIPTION
 
Ricardo Bofill taller de Arquitectura Belvedere Saint ChristopheThe Belvedere St. Christophe is the sublimation of years of research and innovation in the social housing sector. The units have become perfectly efficient functional layouts with double orientation to optimize sun exposure, cross-ventilation and view variation. The elements are geometrically assembled with a classical theatrical opulence that evokes the magical sacralization of a democratic urban space built with government subsidies. The grandiosity of the main colonnade inspired by the work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, reflects a stunning classical sense of balance, harmony and human proportion; the scale moves rapidly from the individual to the collective in a grandiose civil landmark. The horizontal axis are perfectly choreographed to bring the pedestrian into the plaza. Then, a major monolith –the public Belvedere by Dany Karavan- leads the way to the river Loise. The monumental character of the plaza has turned it into a meeting place for the residents and the venue for all kinds of recreational activities. The programme includes three hundred eighty apartments and commercial establishments.

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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
France [France]
Region
Ile-de-France
District
Val-d'Oise
Town
Cergy-Pontoise
Address
Place des Colonnes
 
 
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MAP
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Residential buildings
Multiple dwelling
Commercial buildings
Shops

TOWN PLANNING AND URBAN DESIGN
Urban design and urban renovation
Residential areas, blocks and districts
Squares and open areas
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Realisation
1986
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Deborah K. Dietsch, "New Georgian, new town", Architectural Record 1/1986, january 1986 [Business Design Engineering], pp. 140-141 (130-141)
David Mangin, "L'homme de marbre", L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui 236, décembre/december 1984 [Habitacion individuelles], p. XIV (VII-XIV)
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CLIENT
 
 
Foyer du Fonctionnaire de la Famille (housing)
Sodes (shops)
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Number
380 apartments
Surface
sq.m. 31,000
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Yves Serra
Sogelerg
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STAFF
 
Project
Taller de Arquitectura
Project architect
Ricardo Bofill
Design team
Peter Hodgkinson, Patrick Genard, Rogelio Gimenez
Collaborators
Ramón Collado, Thierry Recevsky, Martin Andujar, Philippe Guionni, Mike Lindstrom, Hilario Pareja, Jose Maria Rocias, Eric Ryser, Fernando Trueba
Structural consultant
Jean-Pierre Aury (concrete consultant)
Art intervention
Dani Karavan, Axe Majeur - Tour Belvedere (see dossier)
 
 
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