The structure comprises a series of parallel concrete walls.
There are miscellaneous outer facings.
We started out from the idea that historic Toulouse is known as the “ville rouge” because it is built of red brick. We pursued this argument, but soon realized that the technique and the material were no longer either possible or relevant. We therefore imagined a more expressive project, where the bricks form not a structural wall but a textile cladding which, like fabric, protects, encloses and leads to the interior.
The brick envelopes, in addition to their dappled surfaces, also have volume. In some places, the brick disappears and creates a lattice (mashrabiya); in others, bricks are set back.
The surface also has volume.
The sloping roofs, all with the same pitch, are made of zinc. They represent the aim of finishing the building with a clean, unitary line.
At some points, the roof slides to form the wall, of which the blind is a continuation.
Wall, railings and shutter are homogenized into the sequence of slats that form the cladding.