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City Life / Atelier Du Pont

  • 03:00 - 19 January, 2016
City Life / Atelier Du Pont
City Life / Atelier Du Pont, © Frédéric Delangle
© Frédéric Delangle

© Frédéric Delangle © Frédéric Delangle © Frédéric Delangle © Frédéric Delangle +12

  • Developer

    Semmassy
  • Project Managers

    François Giannesini
  • Client

    Dream
  • Porgram

    Student residence, tourist accommodation and shops
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© Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

From the architect. The European Union Square is the active center and heart of the western sector of Massy. The space is very urban, dense, and lively; life revolves around a large public space.

© Frédéric Delangle
© Frédéric Delangle
Floor Plan
Floor Plan
© Frédéric Delangle
© Frédéric Delangle

The project exploits its particular situation and creates a link between the two different landscapes: the city and the railway tracks. It consists of two buildings, so two programs, accessed through a common garden: a hotel and a student residence sit atop a continuous base of shops. The arrangement of the buildings is thought to open the garden on the square and create a visual breakthrough suggesting the railway landscape in the distance. On the side facing the city, the building façade is very solid and continuous. On the railway side, it leaves room for unobstructed views of the emptiness of the railways and shows a more contemporary face of the city.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

The facades facing the street are made solely and simply of glass. Out of public limit, with colored metal siding, they " undulate" and create various perspectives with tones that produce a vibration and enhance the garden. They create a warm environment and they enliven the square as well as the side that faces the railway tracks. 

© Frédéric Delangle
© Frédéric Delangle
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