Location: Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France
Total area: 12,000 (sqm)
This 200 housing unit project completes the development of the Ville Nouvelle of Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, near Versailles, at the end of the artificial lake that the Taller de Arquitectura designed as a central element of a garden composition “a la française”. The project “Les Temples du Lac” is the last piece of these habitable gardens, where the built volumes are treated like green masses.
The analysis of the composition of a French formal garden allowed us to imagine this program of publicly funded housing in terms of an “inhabited garden”. The lines of this garden were transformed into walls, and...