Bold exoskeleton features in a surprisingly rhythmic Paris apartment complex design

Bold exoskeleton features in a surprisingly rhythmic Paris apartment complex design

27 Mar 2020 News

For this new residential complex in Paris, a bold outward structural expression is created with a rhythmic concrete exoskeleton and use of contrasting colour. Designed by Aires Mateus Architects and AAVP architecture, the project comprises a total of 170 new apartments with retail at street level.

Credit: Luc Boegly

The development has two main volumes. One is striking white and the other dark grey, creating a sharp contrast. At the same time, visual unity I maintained as both feature the same rhythmic exoskeleton.

Credit: Luc Boegly

While the overall structure is simple - structural columns and standard floorplates - a dynamic play in the façade is created by moving the exterior walls back and forward. This leads to diverse and spacious outdoor living areas for the residents. The architects explain that great care was taken in developing a flexible range of apartments, from studios to two bedrooms, to meet ever diversifying family needs.

Credit: Luc Boegly

The generous exterior spaces not only allow for living spaces to extend outward but also help to optimize light, natural ventilation and views over the city.

Credit: Luc Boegly

Several playful pitched-roof volumes are housed within the exoskeleton’s voids. The pitched roof volumes not only serve to break down the overall mass of the building but also make reference to the traditional forms and rooflines of houses in the neighbourhood.

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