Hi-Finity Apartment Nice
A futuristic combination of the Egyptian pyramids and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, this ambitious apartment development runs along the Mediterranean coast near the city of Nice. In total the complex covers approximately 16 acres and includes nearly 1,600 apartments. Originally completed in the 1970’s, many of these apartments, have been renovated to spectacular effect using today’s latest modern solutions in order to take advantage of expansive outdoor terraces and breathtaking sea views.
The concept for this apartment complex emerged in the 1970’s when city authorities approached famed architect André Minangoy to develop an ambitious real estate scheme that would help enhance the suburban area. The resulting scheme includes a landscaped park with four pyramid shaped buildings arranged in an amphitheatre type formation. The pyramids rise up to more than 70 meters in height. The development also includes a world class marina, spa centre and swimming pool, alongside numerous shops and restaurants.
In total, construction took nearly 25 years. The first of the four pyramid buildings was completed in 1970. The second building was completed in 1972, the third in 1976 and the final building in 1993.
The apartments contained within the pyramids are connected with shared exterior stairs and corridors, resulting in savings in both materials and construction time. Each apartment also features a very large balcony or terrace, a spatial concept considered radical at the time of the project’s conception.
The result of the renovation opens up the apartment to views of the Mediterranean in a way that could previously not be technically achieved and shows that relatively simple interventions can be used to great effect.