The property development was designed by architects firm In Situ on a single sight a stone's throw away from Tours city centre, the famous Les Halles district and the former Dames Blanches clinic, a wall of which, in consultation with Architectes des Bâtiments de France, was preserved and integrated into the project. After demolition, the site was examined by archaeologists, geologists and historians for six months, who discovered that the Loire river bank had taken several different forms between Antiquity and the Middle Ages. The dig was carried out by the French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP), under the auspices of the Drac (regional cultural affairs department). It was able to show at what rate and in what forms the city was able to gain land from the river. Building work then started in September 2010.
The project comprises a multi-functional area containing an apartment building, a 97-bed nursing home, sold in whole to Medica, and a community centre.
The Patio Courteline building is comprised of 38 housing units - from one to six-room apartments - split between two blocks (ground floor + four floors) and a community centre.
The building was delivered in May 2012 and its locally-inspired architectural style has blended into the surroundings in a sober and consistent manner. In a highly urbanised setting, it boasts a number of timber-structure hanging balconies with views on to picturesque grounds.
The building is certified against the H&E (Habit and Environment) label.