For a split second, I though the top image was a rendering and not a photograph. But it is a photograph, taken by Stéphane Chalmeau, of The Grand Large District in Dunkirk, France. At first impression, the gabled buildings that sit along the waterfront look like houses from a video-game to me. They have recognizable massing “oh those are some houses” with unusual windows “that fenestration doesn’t look real.” Fenestration being the word for windows that you learn in architecture school. The fenestration here is real.
The development was designed by A/NM/A, headed by Nicholas Michelin. The larger development is sustainable and attempts to refocus attention to the town’s docks. They’ve been refocusing and building since 1991 and “transformation of the urban centre has already been broadly achieved.” As they start to complete building in the second phase, sustainability is now the major goal.