The building above comes courtesy of Parisians Peripheriques Architectes, and cleverly exploits natural sunlight. The light gets into the central garden as the block is an angular u-shape. The design and orientation also mean that the flats – some of which have wooden slatted balconies - also benefit from as much daylight as possible. Called the Roller Coaster, the 72-apartment block sits on a 6,200sq-m site. The name comes from the diagonal roof design, so while some parts of the horse-shoe are just three storeys high, others are nine storeys.
The architects have also played with the light on the façade. Peripheriques have deployed scale-like tiles of lacquered steel, which seem to change colour depending on the angle of sunlight and the time of day. It’s a far cry from the low-rise terraces it rubs shoulders with. If you want to get a better idea of how the movements in architecture came about take a look at Understanding Architecture and The Future of Architecture since 1889.
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