Les arcades du lac and le viaduc located outside of Paris, a residential complex by Ricardo Bofill are certainly a true masterpiece. Bofill started working on this project in 1975 and it was only finished 5 years later. These buildings and the surrounding area combined have a total are of 30.000 square meters with over 400 apartments distributed by ‘les arcades’ and ‘le viaduc’.
The inspiration for his design was a modern interpretation of a french garden. The building extends into a lake and the combination of man made and natural elements forms a pleasant space.
This project was intended as more rational and realistic than the architect’s firm previous work. As it was built during economic depression it was meant “to attainn credibility’.
The buildings are laid out in accordance to urban planning methods. A ‘square urban grid deliberately simply orthogonal’ following the example of other cities such as New York and Barcelona. This squares in the middle of the buildings, that usualy have gardens and sitting areas, are treated as existing and essential urban spaces.
The apartments have beautiful views over the lake and the surronding nature. The buildings’ facades feature concrete pannels and terracota facing. Each block has 2 units and in the middle of each exists a space either a garden or as in the photo above. No cars can circulate in this space, and parking facilities can be found underground.
Speaking of a lakes, check this sofa inspired by Lake Como in Italy.
This trully is a great place to live in, the view over the lake is just stunning. And the buildings and how they blend in with the lake creating this all area are a true architecture masterpiece.