Charonne

 

Location

Paris, FR

Client

Paris Habitat OPH

Summary

100 social housing units, nursery, medical centre, retail and underground parking

Area

10 500 m²

Cost

17 450 000 €

Date

2010

Description

The site is characterised by a contrast between the busy Parisian boulevard fronting it and large concealed gardens, that are landscaped havens in the neighbourhood.
 

The scheme builds on the contrasting condition by creating an urban presence along the boulevard while leaving large tracks open creating a green oasis at the site’s centre.
 

The units are arranged within two 8- to 10- storey buildings and several pavilion-like buildings of 3 storeys. The buildings are accessed via a pedestrian ‘ruelle’, similar to existing ones in the neighbourhood. This pedestrian path meanders from the busy boulevard to the rear of the site. It passes underneath the cantilevered ends of the buildings that contain the larger housing units.
 

The majority of units have dual aspect with an east-west orientation. The façades are clad in perforated and undulating blue ceramic tiles that at times double as balustrades.
 

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