"Carre Jaude" Residential
Location: Clermont-Ferrand, France
Area: 43000 m²
Features: Private housing and apartments.Monolith and precast colored reinforced concrete
Client: Private client
Author: Manuel Nunez Yanowsky, SADE
Date and phase: Project and construction 1994-1998

Public and residential complex "Carrer Jaude", by Spanish and French architect Manuel Nunez Yanowsky, is situated in central part of Clermont-Ferrand, the city in the centre of France. It was designed in two stages. The client of the project is TECI Eiffage immobilier. New building hsd to house a big commercial centre (20 000 m2 into 2 levels), 250 apartments (50 of them - social housing), hotels, offices, bureau, cinema for 1000 places, and other commercial facilities - boutiques, restaurants, etc.

"Carrer Jaude" was designed into two parts, joined together by the central core - a circular pedestrian square, located on the pedestrian street Giscard-de-la-Tour-Fondue, which crosses the construction site. The radial facades of two hotels and a supermarket surround this central square. The underground parking for 400 cars, as well as private underground parking for 250 cars, provide parking facilities for this residential and commercial knot, set within a dense urban area.

The entire building is designed in a manner peculiar to the architect - with the use of classical forms, typical to the central France, and their contemporary interpretation. Ground floor of the building, housing commercial services , is articulated by the ocher-pink and black color, and has large trapezoidal and circular openings - huge display cases of the shops and companies. The middle tier of the building, with its offices and housing apartments, is designed more discreetly: it has rhythmic openings of windows and balconies and traditional proportions, which ideally fit into the historical context of the environment. The upper tier of the building is formed by the three-level attic of the circular shape. Protruding rounded corners of the building with characteristic metal domes, along with circular attic sheathed with metal, give the complex a recognizable silhouette and fit well into the sophisticated historical, cultural and natural landscape of an ancient city of Clermont-Ferrand located at the foot of mountains and extinct volcanoes.

The first stage of construction was realized in precast and monolith color reinforced concrete. The second stage was not realized.