Armand Nouvet Architecture et Urbanisme : 16 logements sociaux et deux locaux d’activité

At the intersection of Philippe de Girard and Pajol streets in the 18ème arrondissement of Paris, these 16 social housing and two business premises are at the tip of the island. Produced by the Armand Nouvet Architecture and Urbanism agency, this operation replaces two substandard buildings near the ZAC Pajol.

The unique situation of this small triangular plot pushed the architects to work on the urban expression of the building. With a high visibility from the public space, the building which evolves on two parcels, manifests a contemporary vocabulary while assuming a strategic location. The operation asserts its monumentality by regularly stacking large porticoes in raw concrete while maintaining the necessary privacy for this type of program. Large larch bays pierce these clear facades and bathe the apartments with natural light. Topped by six floors of housing, two large shops open on the ground floor on the street while the guard's lodge, the entrance hall and the airlock visually cross the volume by connecting the two streets.

The first three levels of housing are organized around a T2, T3 and T5 while the last two play a particular assembly by integrating a T5. Vertical circulations placed in the center allow the apartments to unroll their rooms along the facades to maximize the light input. This rotating plan allows all homes to have a dual orientation. Two apartments enjoy a wide open view while the third, which leans against a small courtyard, enjoys a typology through. Loggias - accessible from the living room where the rooms - provide a buffer that enhances the concept of privacy and allows ventilation and natural lighting bathrooms.

The project is selected for the ADC Awards 2019 in the Housing / Urban Center category

To learn more, visit the ADC Awards website and Armand Nouvet Architecture and Urbanism

Photographs: William Clement

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