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AAVP : Résidence Simone Veil

Design a building for the Cité internationale universitaire in Paris on a plot located on the other side of the ring road? A challenge, except for the architectural studio Vincent Parreira, which delivers in October 2018 a residence of 189 housing in the 14e borough. A result all concrete and wood, where friendliness and sociability occupy a large place.

The Cité internationale universitaire of Paris (14e), its gardens, its exceptional buildings some of which, signed by the greatest, are classified as historical monuments ... For an architect, to build here today represents a certain prestige - allowing to register in a kind of Hall of Fame - and, therefore, a potentially impressive task. This is all the more true when the plot entrusted is not located in the very heart of the city, but on the other side of the ring road, involving in addition to injecting the spirit of the campus despite the distance ... .

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It is in this case that faced the team of Vincent Parreira, mobilized to design a building of 189 housing for students and researchers on a plot of 2 500 square meters located between Gentilly (94) and Montrouge ( 92), at the intersection of avenue Paul-Vaillant-Couturier and rue Lucien Descaves. In this context, how to affiliate the realization to his cousins ​​located on the other side of the periphery? How to offer a comfort similar to that offered by the achievements of Claude Parent, Le Corbusier or Lucien Bechman, characterized by a strong relationship to nature? How, finally, display a certain singularity while integrating with other buildings in the neighborhood?

To these problems, the designers respond with a concrete construction generously lined with larch, raised on seven floors and whose triangular plan surrounds a courtyard. The whole is not monolithic, but composed of several volumes slightly offset from each other, and set back as the building rises; a staggered layout that has made it possible to build several green roof terraces from the third floor. In addition, on the ground floor, the wing is on stilts provides a form of porosity, facilitating the opening of the residence on the neighborhood.

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Also, as is often the case on this type of achievements, the agency of Vincent Parreira pays particular attention to the common areas in order to promote sociability between the occupants. Thus, some apartments have an outer service corridor, conducive to exchanges between neighbors. On the ground floor, light wood columns conceal the networks and turn into seats at their base. In the laundry room, an immense bench covered with tiles - tiles Portuguese - offers students a corner to discuss between two machines. Finally, the interiors also testify to a desire to offer maximum comfort: prefabricated bathroom modules - previously drawn to the 1 scale -, open kitchens, materials with contemporary accents - raw concrete, hexagonal earthenware tiles - thus provide adequate warmth to give students a sense of home. What make jealous those installed in the intramural pavilions?

Photographs: Luc Boegly and Salem Mostefaoui

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