• PROGRAM: Urban planning + Housing + Services . SIZE: 8.086M2 + 17.500 M2 . LOCATION: Lausanne, CH . CLIENT: SILL, SCILMO & eauservice p/a Ville de Lausanne . STATUS: competition . TIME: 2012
  • Three long volumes, slightly larger in their center, articulate the stretched and narrow slope of the given plot. The public space flowing between the three buildings from the higher level towards the belvedere opens up on the city and the Evian mountain. A 45° orientation to the north offers equal light conditions for all apartments.

    All ground floors are commercial spaces. On top, the buildings host 150 apartments, all with a privileged view on the landscape.

    The site presents an ideal orientation but has a confrontational relation with the noisy ‘’Sallaz’’ avenue along it. This issue is dealt with a transversal orientation of all apartments and the positioning of services (kitchen, circulation…); they become ‘sound barriers’, leaving all sound-intolerant programs (sleeping and living rooms) on the other side.

    All typologies are a combination of shifted spaces that make the most of light and views. Those transversal spaces are systematically prolonged with loggias toward a quiet panorama.
  • Crédits
    Architects: Julien Ecoffey . Léonard Gurtner . Frédéric Karam
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  • Frédéric Karam
  • CHUQ, FR
  • Frédéric Karam
  • Joffrey About, Frédéric Karam
  • Frédéric Karam
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  • 449,5 Km, NL
  • Nicole Froehlich, Frédéric Karam, Michiel Van Der Loos
  • ZAV, BE
  • Frédéric Karam, Michiel Van Der Loos, Harold Vermeiren
  • KOTO, BE
  • Nicole Froehlich, Frédéric Karam, Michiel Van Der Loos
  • Al Dabal compound, SA
  • Frédéric Karam, RAUM404
  • Lx3, LB
  • Julien Ecoffey, Léonard Gurtner, Frédéric Karam
  • Huis Voor Een Visser, BE
  • Frédéric Karam, Olivier Roegiest
  • Lisière, CH
  • Marnie Amato, Nathanaël Chollet, Frédéric Karam
  • Wall Villa, LB
  • Frédéric Karam, Mio Tsuneyama
  • Chicxulub, CH
  • Nathanaël Chollet, Frédéric Karam
  • NOTAN OFFICE is a Brussels based architecture and urban design practice. It relies on temporary associations between Frederic Karam and other architects, landscape architects, artists, urban planners, and more technical advisors. The idea is to adapt to every project that demands different knowhows and expertise; relying on this network to reinvent itself through every collaboration, each project taken from scratch, with new inputs for each contexts in attempts to find coherent answers with given budgets, contexts and geographical locations.


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    COLLABORATORS: Victor Selle, Charles Dujardin, Arthur Wery.
    PAST COLLABORATORS: Isis Desmaison, Tommaso Asso, Zyad Belhaj, Sara Lapinska.