who are the men whose acts
have the most consequences and influence on our daily lives?
Politicians, politicians of course, company leaders also,
but maybe even more directly the architects who design the environment of our daily lives.
One of them, Jean Nouvel,
just received in a few days one of the biggest distinctions in his domain.
To his credit, the Arab World Institute in Paris, lately, which was just inaugurated,
but also social housing projects.
A portrait of Jean Peyzieu.
With its glass and aluminum facades,
the Arab World Institute establishes the mastery of an architect who until now was only known by specialists.
Jean Nouvel and Studio architecture
greatly use light and Arab designs
that are, in fact apertures controlled by a photo-electric cell.
Transparency thanks to the curtain walls over the Parisian landscape,
transparent once again for the museum's works,
it's Nouvel who conceived the windows there as well.
There are not exterior architects nor are there interior architects.
There are architects.
And work on the object, it's the same reasoning.
For me, I mean, it's translating a civilization's values into a construction,
whether it's in the amount of space or the object.
These buildings which resemble the nearby factories
shelter, in fact, 48 social housing units on 1, 2 or 3 levels.
The industrial materials, which hide perfect insulation,
allow the Nouvel, Soria and Lézènes team
to build more cheaply and to offer 50% more space for the same price.
The problem is that, even though the square meters are free, tenants are charged for them.
Currently, rent is calculated according to the actual surface.
And we're not able to get outside of that, which means that we tend to rent in terms of the surface
and the more a flat is "clever", so to speak,
if there's a window in the bathroom,
if there's a bit of a terrace,
the more the rent will be more expensive.
So, that's a premium for folly but I'd say that from this point of view,
it's important that architects don't stop there.
Afterwards, it's up to the politicians,
to the administrators to find the formula.
The same metallic construction for these Nîmes social housing projects
where Jean Nouvel worked with Jean-Marc Ibos.
Here, it's a ship style.
We access 114 flats through gangways but also through lifts.
As for the pilotis, they reveal a rather fresh parking lot.
Here, the flats are 1/3 larger.
This triplex is 110m² with an 8-metre ceiling height.
It's rented out at 3,200 Francs.
Savings are everywhere:
bare concrete, boiler room staircase style.
Trendy people like this type of flat.
A flat with an unusual design, first of all, and an extra space.
The space exists.
We feel like we can breathe.
And I think that the flats were, as far as architecture, made in this perspective.
The enthusiasm of the tenants should help Jean Nouvel shake up the social housing standards.
In any case, these metal vessels will have made the old social housing cubes of the neighborhood appear outdated.