Samstag, 5. März | 14:15

Zwei Wohnbauten in Dijon

Driven by a multitude of constraints, habits, norms and preconceived ideas, the production of housing must take side roads, bypasses, detours to free itself from the shackles and find its own springs. It will be a question of the spaces of freedom that we offer as much as those that we take. To illustrate this, the lecture compares two projects built by the office in the same city, Dijon.

Built in two different contexts for two social landlords, these projects both attempt to propose alternative typologies, far from the usual standards of housing production in France. They both have the ambition to respond to the evolving and changing reality of intimate and shared daily life.

The first project – Unité(s) – is a project of 32 dwellings composed of 240 rooms of identical size, whose use is unassigned. Each household is thus free to move into its dwelling, according to the desires of each person and the changes in life.

The second project – Cathedrals – is a project of 40 expandable dwellings. In each dwelling, a principle of double height offers – for today – a generous spatiality and – for tomorrow – the possibility to extend one’s dwelling in its own envelope.

For these two projects, the collective dimensions of the habitat are ensured by common spaces, so that close ties between neighbors are woven.
Three themes will run through the conference: freedom of appropriation in housing, sharing between neighbors and evolutivity over time.

Sophie Delhay, born 1974 in Lyon, France. She is a French architect with an office in Paris and teaches at the National School of Architecture in Versailles. Centered on uses, her architecture makes “living together” a project lever from which the landscape, the city, and the architecture can take shape. More than an objective, this community of use becomes the condition for an ecology of human relationships.
She approaches the different scales of the city with the intuition that the project is not an end in itself, but rather the beginning of a history, to come and necessarily plural. This is evidenced by each project developed at the agency, including her last two projects, Unité(s) and Séjours-Cathédrales, both nominated for the Mies Van der Rohe 2022 award.