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PLATEAUDUKIRCHBERG
BYAGENCEBECKMANN
NTHPANDAZPML
|AUGUST17,2016|MARCORINALDI

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A unied concept with variations over the 9 buildings:


The study that has been conducted for Plot 21 oers a means
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of highlighting the importance of nding simple means to


create a dynamic and diversied architectural signature. Firstly,
there is the idea of noble facades in grey brick across the
buildings that face the street. This homogeneity means that the
plot harmonises with its immediate context and is in dialogue
with the neighbouring buildings, which are similarly sober and
have the same palette of colours.

Image Agence Beckmann-NThp and AZPML

Secondly, the idea of a band embellished with balconies in


staggered rows is easily adaptable to dierent typologies of
apartments, depending on the buildings, guaranteeing a
certain opulence without appearing repetitive. In this way each
building is dierent, whilst engaging in a similar visual language
to its neighbours, oering an overall sense of similarity. The
coherent, unied appearance dictates the atmosphere of the
wider neighbourhood.

Image Agence Beckmann-NThp and AZPML

Finally, the rhythm between the solid areas of the facades and
the various openings enhances the sense of diversity.
Embellished by gold metallic sections which harmonise with
gold-anodised aluminium doorways and windows, the opaque
spaces change appearance according to the orientation of the
faades.
A partition, a unique graphic composition, brings a material
musicality to the whole concept, whilst elegantly bringing life to
the compact nature of the buildings. The idea of variations is
easily imaginable thanks to the natural variations in depth
between the buildings and their positioning, the bands and the
openings that adapt in each case.

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Guaranteed technical objectives:


For all the buildings, exibility for the units is privileged thanks
to an ecient construction system (cross walls with columns on
the facades) and the grouping of zones (wet zones and cooking
zones) and circulation cores in the central parts of the
buildings. This principle favours an arrangement that is
adapted to the needs of families as well as guaranteeing that a
majority of the apartments will have a double orientation,
depending on individual wishes. The living/sleeping division is
clearly identied.

Axonometry

In-depth consideration has also been given to energy


performance, in order to attain the objective of constructing
passive buildings certied AAA according to Luxembourg
regulations. To achieve that aim, several elements must be
implemented:
-A high performance facade, notably the use of 24cm thick
concrete with exterior insulation in mineral wool of 26cm.

Diagram

-The choice of a brick facing for the faade, which improves


thermal performance and enhances the low environmental
impact of the building.
-High performance aluminium joinery with triple glazing,
positioned on the outer edges of the concrete in order to
minimise thermal bridges.
-A light ltering system and/or solar protection to help reduce
heat intake.
-Thermal bridge breakers for the balconies.
-Enhanced insulation between heated and non-heated areas.
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-Intensive planting on the rooftops with the eventual


installation of thermic solar panels for heat regulation.

Details Facade

Spatial organisation dictated by strict principles:


A game rule is imposed which brings individuality to each
building.
Firstly, the organisation on dierent levels, lightening the visual
impact, with cut-out areas having a direct impact on the light
entering each room, whilst guaranteeing privacy, vital for
domestic life.

Section

The heights are on average 1.65m, varying in dimensions


according to the layout of the apartments and thanks to
precise sectional work. Secondly, the dimensions of the
balconies, which are positioned in order to divide up the
double heights, vary between 4.50m long x 2.00m deep
(extending the living rooms out onto the terrace), and 3.50m x
1.50m (o the bedrooms). Finally, there are opaque parts on
the glazed walls, framing the structure of the apartments (in
order to establish partitions).

Section

Similarly, the ground oors oer dual aspect lobbies, lit by


natural light, which are in constant dialogue with the street, the
landscape and the internal areas of the block. Attention is also
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paid to the social relationships of the residents, by judicious


organisation of communal areas on this level as well as
recognising the importance of establishing spaces where
people will naturally interact with each other. Source by Agence
Beckmann-NThp

Diagram

Location: Reimerwee, Luxembourg


Architects: Agence Beckmann-NThp, AZPML
AZPML Project manager: Guillermo Fernandez-Abascal
Architects: Manuel Eijo, Ivaylo Nachev
Client: Socit Nationale des Habitations Bon March
(Luxembourg)
Urban developer: Fonds Kirchberg (Luxembourg)
BNT Project manager: Laura Ros
Architect: Amlie Rigaud
Intern: Hlna Menon
Surface area: 3 938 m2 (3 buildings)
Year: May 2016
Images: SBDA, Courtesy of Agence Beckmann-NThp

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