Les Jardins de Verchant: Eco-Friendly Mediterranean Living

Project Highlights

Project name: Les Jardins de Verchant
Location: Zac EUREKA, Castelnau-le-Lez (34) – France
Architects: Elodie NOURRIGAT / Jacques BRION – NBJ Architectes

Collaborator: Ambre DERENNES – NBJ Architectes

Owner: Les Villégiales, Crédit Agricoles Immobilier, Financière Mestre
Project area: 3492 m²
Project ending: February 2024

Photographer: Paul Kozlowski

Teams: NBJ Architectes / BLP & Associés Architectes / BET TCE: Artelia / BE Environnemental: NATURALIA

Located in the picturesque Eureka district of Castelnau-le-Lez, near Montpellier, “Les Jardins de Verchant” stands as a testament to the seamless integration of Mediterranean charm and contemporary design principles. This residential complex, conceived by NBJ Architectes in collaboration with BLP & Associés, offers a refreshing take on urban living, emphasizing sustainability and a connection to nature.

Architectural Harmony with Nature

The design philosophy behind Les Jardins de Verchant revolves around creating an “urban ecotone,” a transitional space that blends urban life with natural elements. The complex features 138 apartments, with 60 crafted by NBJ Architectes, each designed to maximize harmony with the surrounding environment. Central to the project is a sprawling garden, envisioned as an oasis that provides residents with a serene escape from urban hustle. This central green space not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also promotes biodiversity and fosters community interactions.

Design Elements Rooted in Mediterranean Aesthetics

Les Jardins de Verchant draws heavily on Mediterranean architectural traditions. The use of white facades throughout the complex reflects the bright southern light, creating a soothing and luminous atmosphere. This design choice not only pays homage to regional aesthetics but also contributes to the building’s energy efficiency by reducing the need for artificial lighting. Large, shaded terraces are a defining feature, extending the living spaces outdoors and allowing residents to enjoy the mild climate. Cloisters on the facades add a layer of privacy while creating a dynamic interplay of light and shadow, adding depth and character to the living spaces.

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Sustainability at the Forefront

Sustainability is a cornerstone of the project. The architects have meticulously planned every aspect to ensure minimal environmental impact. The central garden serves not just as a communal area but as a microhabitat that supports local flora and fauna. Building materials were chosen for their environmental credentials, and the design incorporates passive cooling techniques to reduce energy consumption. The project’s commitment to sustainability is evident in its holistic approach, balancing modern living needs with ecological preservation.

A Living Space Designed for Community

At the heart of Les Jardins de Verchant is the idea of fostering a close-knit community. The central garden is more than a visual centerpiece; it’s a communal space designed for social interaction. Here, residents can gather, relax, and engage with each other at a pace set by nature. This emphasis on community is reflected in the overall layout, which encourages interactions while providing ample private spaces for individual comfort.


is a remarkable example of how modern architecture can respect and incorporate traditional aesthetics while prioritizing sustainability. It offers a unique living experience that harmonizes urban conveniences with the tranquility of nature. This project showcases how thoughtful design can create spaces that are not only beautiful and functional but also environmentally responsible and community-focused. By blending Mediterranean charm with contemporary sustainable practices, Les Jardins de Verchant sets a new standard for residential architecture in Montpellier.

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