Do not pass St Malo…

Words:
Jan-Carlos Kucharek
Credit: Jeff Molliere

Remember that surge of Monopoly-induced adrenalin you experience when someone lands on Mayfair and you’ve got four houses on it? That’s what I’m reminded of looking at Atelier Loyer’s Terrasses du Rocher. Less than 200m from St Malo’s historic centre, the French firm looks like it stacked them up to optimise what direct light could be gained from the north easterly aspect. Apparently, to sweeten its presentation to planners,  the architect even made a model of sugar cubes. Meanwhile the toy-like apartment roofs were clad in a light grey Quartz-Zinc version of VMZinc’s standing seam system ‘to reflect the Brittany sky better.’ Hardly an encouraging thought for tourists, suggesting that, like the board game’s Jail it might be another place you might not want to GO.


 

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