Karawitz Architecture recently announced the design for their passive co-housing project in Paris. Their principle of a self-governed independent residential initiative with 14 apartments (R+7), commercial premises, gardens (ground floor and roof area), car parks and communal areas (community house, laundry, bike shed and other areas) aims to reflect a new construction trend: private individual buyers joining together to form a cooperative to fulfil their own property and future housing project, in partnership with the SEMAVIP (Paris Site Manager) and Paris City and to share spaces and equipment.
The architecture consists of two blocks divided by circulation. The overlapping of the appartments aims to make everyone benefit from double orientation (riverside and garden) and ease flows. An integration in the optimised site with the exploitation of views over the canal (to the north) and over the garden (to the south).
Energy performance surpasses the city climate scheme and the materials used are ecological, which include cellulose wadding and vertical coating in preoxyded wood. The vegetation is omnipresent including the communal garden on the ground floor, communal green terraces, blooming private balconies and kitchen gardens.