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Aluminium Tip / Babin+Renaud

  • 03:00 - 28 December, 2015
Aluminium Tip / Babin+Renaud
Aluminium Tip / Babin+Renaud, © Cécile Septet
© Cécile Septet

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    Laine Delau
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    3 037 574 Euros
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© Cécile Septet
© Cécile Septet

From the architect. Standing at the tip of a triangle-shaped plot of land in Paris' 11th arrondissement, this new building creates visual transparency in the space between street and inner courtyard by means of a rational design that liberates it from the site's cramped nature.

Cross Section
Cross Section

The corner is given expression by the step-like receding roof that slims down to a simple, strict line.The restraints imposed by the receding roof are enhanced by its telling rigor and simplicity.

© Cécile Septet
© Cécile Septet

The pattern of the street-side façade expresses this rigor with the regular spacing of the tall, narrow picture windows, with variations obtained by alternating the opening or closing of the folding shutters and the sublte reflection of natural light on the anodized aluminum. Their narrownness enables the picture windows to be greater in number, especially on the street corner, while preserving the flats' inner privacy.

© Cécile Septet
© Cécile Septet

There are three flats per floor. All the principal rooms are located on the street side with their backs to a service strip located along the courtyard side.

© Cécile Septet
© Cécile Septet

Turning the site's narrowness to an advantage, the kitchens and bathrooms are placed on the courtyard-side wall thus enjoying natural light. In order to provide double exposure at the core of the collective living space, living rooms are located either in the corner space or in line with the kitchen.

Sixth Floor Plan
Sixth Floor Plan

The outdoor entrance and landings rise vertically, alternating open views from each landing onto the city or the inner courtyard. The goal has been to give occupants a gradual pathway from the public space of the street to the private space of the flats by means of a compact design that re-interprets the "city's substance" that is missing here.

© Cécile Septet
© Cécile Septet
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Rob Scott · December 29, 2015

I am a little upset. I think the materiality choice of aluminum was a nice effort. I provides a nice contrast to the buildings around it while embodying that youthful spirit of contemporary housing.

I think the during execution the architects made a wrong turns. This building minus the horizontal(edit) overhangs would be an awesome improvement, IMO. Most of the solar controlling efforts can be accomplished by the opening and closing of the windows.

"While aluminum can bend, and doesn't mind bending; it prefers to run straight and flush."(speaking metaphorically)

Lastly, I think it would have been nice to see the architects to attempt to create their habitable roof, while in some fashion paying respect to the mansard roofs which tower the Parisian skies.

Beverycool · December 29, 2015 11:59 PM

Rob Scott: not sure but are those 'vertical overhangs' you refer to, actually bi-folding shutters, IMO?

LTT · December 29, 2015

Could have used more work on the plans, less focus on the facade maybe.

Tiffany · December 29, 2015

Looks like a prison! Very cold.

Croco Dile · December 29, 2015

Very charming !

Beverycool · December 28, 2015

To: Eric Rabin & Francois Renaud (and your talented staff), this is yet another example of outstanding design (social housing in this case) in France. Love the plan, detailing, materials - your work generally (oh, and website). I would work for you for nothing, so refreshingly free from all that fashionable, CAD generated, anyplace anywhere architecture.

Damian · December 29, 2015 09:42 AM

I get a sarcastic vibe from this! It is very generic looking, I have to agree.
Also, never work for free kids.


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