15_ Housing at Zac Andromede-Beauzelle Toulouse | Francisco Mangado



Project title: Housing at Zac Andromede-Beauzelle Toulouse

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The project has been submitted by:
Francisco Mangado



City: Toulouse

Address: Boulevard de l’Europe, 31700 Beauzelle



Designer or design team architects:

Francisco Mangado, Mangado Y Asociados S.L.


Plot Area: 9007 mq

Gross Area: 9720 mq

Of which residential: 85%
Public/communal areas: 4 %
Facilities for the public: 7%
Business/trade: 4 %
Offices: 0 %

Number of residential units: 128
Typology of users: families
Total building costs Euros: 11.000.000,00 €
Building Cost = Total Bulding Cost / Gross Area: 1150,00 €
Floor area ratio = Gross Area / Plot Area: 1.07
Work started on date: Monday, 16th April 2012
Work completion date: Monday, 24th July 2017


Promoter: Sci Bellepierre 4 (Kalelithos)
Allotment rule: The main criteria for the allocation of housing are income, family composition and living conditions, handicapped motifs and the remoteness of the workplace.
Reduction cost percentage compared to the market value:
– assignement % not indicated
– rent % not indicated


Cost of construction max: 10% below average price of housing regulated by Toulouse Metropole Habitat.
Rental/sale cost compared to market price: The Housing Subsidies Law in Toulouse defines a maximum for the cost of construction


Rules of allocation: The Housing Subsidies Law in Toulouse defines a maximum for the cost of construction.
Protection of fragile categories: The allocation of the apartments is organized via waiting lists. Handicapped people, people under 25 and large families have priorities.
Involvement of inhabitants in the building process: The promoter of the project has organized meetings that began with the architectural competition, in which future residents, neighbors, representatives of the city government have participated.
Community accompaniment in the life of the building: All tenants are invited to play an active role in shaping the community. Common spaces are at the tenants’ disposal for community initiatives.


Functional mixitè: The ground floor has public uses as local supply, shops, service providers, spaces for childcare or common rooms.
Common spaces and shared living: In addition to the spaces on the ground floor, all floors have common terraces to interact.
Techniques and strategies for environmental saving: The project responds to various issues of sustainability: high thermal insulation values of the insulating façade, solar panels, recycled materials and water reuse for other uses, such as cleaning, irrigation. The project follows a low energy/low tech approach.

Description of the project: 

Concerns about qualifying the public spaces led to the main decision of creating a large inner garden at the center of the site. The domestic interiors and the communal areas connect to this garden, which is also a direct reference to the Barricou park that follows the structural scheme of the metro line.

The design is based on these premises:
1- A public space where the fragmented geometry of the residential blocks (collective and duplexes) and the grouping of the units always seeks diagonal views that give rise to an exterior space rich with complex and attractive visuals, as well as visual connections between the future domestic spaces and the landscaped zones.

2- A large collective housing block that seeks typological richness with the main rooms of each unit facing the Barricou park and the large landscaped space that is a key feature of the proposal. On the south edge of îlot 53 rises a block for mixed housing types. It connects with the large collective block on its top floor, generating differentiated dwellings that strengthen the volumetric presence of the complex at the corner. Both residential pieces have ground-level interruptions that allow connections and pedestrian crossing in a north-south direction, as well as direct access to the existing metro station.

3- A low building for services has been raised on the north edge of the plot that graduates the opening of the central gardened space towards the street and makes it possible to adjust the scape of the construction towards the interior of îlot.

4- In the interior, the typological organization of the one-family homes alternates open spaces with occupied spaces, generating a sequence of domestic zones with high-quality interiors. Private gardens have been placed towards the northwest façade, preventing direct views of them from the higher units of the apartment block.

Wood is the material used to address all the facades of the various blocks. A single material that through its light handling can be presented in different evocative ways that give rhythm and variety to the facades. Wooden slats placed perpendicularly to the facade make up the entire envelope. Some are painted red and form sliding doors for the terraces. Others are fixed and allow ventilating the exits of the vertical circulation shafts. And others form an opaque screen, in the manner of ventilated facades.

As a basic functional aspect, the project has sought to create a totally permeable sequence – continuity – between the main living spaces of the dwellings and the covered outdoor terraces that give exterior views on both sides. From this point of view, the permeability and spatial sequence established for the interior spaces that are aligned with the inner terraces allow cross ventilation, graduation of daylight intensity, and natural adjustment of air temperature between outside and inside.