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THOMPSON TAKES TO THE WOODS

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London-based practice John Thompson & Partners, in collaboration with French firm DMA, has won another of the CABE/French government housing competitions for Senart.

The job comprises 35 residential units and a requirement for two cars per unit. The competition-winning project aims to reflect the surrounding woodland of the new town by creating within the architecture 'Le Petit Forêt de Senart'.

Cars will be accommodated at ground level, with a raised terrace level above, punctured to let trees pass through. Apartments will surround the hard landscaped upper terrace, while family homes will be arranged around the lower soft-landscaped 'meadow'.

The buildings provide a strong street edge, but have a softer interior, using wood panelling, where they respond to the landscape.

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