110 housing units Empalot district in Toulouse

110 housing units Empalot district in Toulouse

The CoBe Architecture & Paysage agency has just delivered a housing program in the Empalot district in Toulouse, France. Discover an urban architecture with finesse.

Photos: Cédric Colin

In the south of Toulouse, in the Empalot district, 90 housing units for sale and 20 social housing units are located in two volumes, a vertical one: «the belvedere», and a horizontal one: «the prairie building», sliding against each other and showing light facades with sun protections and generous balconies.


City entrance

A few metro stations from the heart of Toulouse, along the Garonne, Empalot is a district of the city being renewed, close to the city center, mainly composed of housing complexes of the 1950s, with generous public spaces. It is one of the city’s gateways.

With a plot located between the river and a football field, in a wide-open environment, the MG3 lot of Empalot district acts as a leader in the urban composition system and offers a real metropolitan dimension to the project.

Balconies and shades

With a south-facing main facade bordering a football field, it was essential to think about how to guarantee summer comfort to all apartments.

That is why a double device has been set up, combining large metal sun protections, extending 2 meters wide long balconies all along the South and West facades, and creating real outdoor rooms in addition.


Inside, the belvedere hosts large typologies of housing which all benefit from long balconies and sun protections to the South and West. The prairie building hosts the same layout of housing on its 5 floors, all crossing or double-oriented, and always accompanied by long balconies.


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