PÉRIPHÉRIQUES Architectes et Terreal : Résidence et restaurant Coallia

Draped in her clothes of light, the social residence Coallia of the rue de Lorraine, in Paris (19e), offers a spectacle as striking as that of the sea whose color and sparkle change depending on the sky. Its terraced Terreal terracotta and terracotta shingles are a real surprise, revealing reflections alternately bluish or ivory metallized according to the moods of the time. An exceptional rendering ... despite strong architectural constraints.

How to stage 173 studios and manage the integration of almost 400 windows in front without succumbing to the pitfall of austere repetition and unattractive? This was the challenge raised by the architecture firm PERIPHERIES Architects who managed to resurrect brilliantly this home of immigrant workers built in 1978 and arrived breathless. The whole while maintaining a building today totally melted in the whole and of which one no longer suspects that it was built nearly forty years ago ...


In order to liven up the facade and create relief, the architects have developed in partnership with Terreal facade teams three profiles of "notched" shingles. Made-to-measure products designed from a standard reference in the Terreal range: the Zéphir® Evolution, which has a proven fastening system. Of identical height, 22,5 centimeters, all these original pieces have one to three inclinations more or less pronounced surface. What offer an exceptional playground in the light and provide an impression of permanent vibration of its reflection. An effect reinforced by the enamelled and iridescent finish of the terracotta, obtained thanks to the close collaboration of Terreal with an artisan enameler.

To learn more, visit the site of PERIPHERALS Architects et Terreal

Photographs: Luc Boegly

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