Mixed - use program : social housing, private housing, nursing home, religious center, retail business
Formerly a railway enclave, the Clichy- Batignolles ecodistrict is reconquering this forgotten piece of Parisian ground. This major municipal project was envisioned as a response to the elevated need for housing while paving the way
for a durable, mixed-use 21st century city. The buildings must therefore observe a rigorous set of environmental specifications to develop responsible energy processes and unique projects. So much data had to be compiled to come up with solutions for a multi-program block (social housing, private housing, nursing home, a religious center, and retail businesses) that was to be executed a quattro mani (by Atelier du Pont and Jean Bocabeille Architects).
Designing the mixed-use city
This project is responsible in an environmental as well as a social sense. It proposes a mixed-use program and equity of treatment. There is horizontal as well as vertical mix: programs overlap one another, sit next to one another, stick to one another, and face one another. The nursing home is located at the very center of the block, which allows its residents to live in the heart of the “city” and benefit from its vitality. The social housing and nursing home share a continuous façade along the new rue René Blum. Joined like Siamese twins, they wrap around the open center of the block. The ground level retail businesses are located on rue Cardinet, which helps enliven the neighborhood. The private housing building, which is connected to the nursing home by the garden, extends towards the parc Martin Luther King, the neighborhood’s green lung. These programs contribute to the city’s growth with their high quality and symbolic significance. They embody the challenges of building a city based on density and mixed usages by proposing a fruitful cohabitation.