IDF Habitat Headquarters / Piuarch + Stefano Sbarbati Architecte

IDF Habitat Headquarters / Piuarch + Stefano Sbarbati Architecte

Piuarch and Stefano Sbarbati Architecte have won an international design contest to design the new headquarters of the French housing company IDF Habitat in Champigny-sur-Marne. Designed in collaboration with Stefano Sbarbati, the new building is described as "linear and efficient," but it also acts as a defining building in a new public square, offering "an example of how architecture can contribute to defining empty spaces, transforming them into social areas," according to the architects.

Courtesy of Piuarch
Courtesy of Piuarch

The exterior of the building is defined by its multi-storey external loggia, accessed from inside the offices. This external space enlivens the proposed new public space, while also giving employees at IDF Habitat the opportunity of views onto the surrounding urban spaces.

Courtesy of Piuarch
Courtesy of Piuarch

The new building is a part of a wider masterplan to revitalize the riverside ZAC (Zone d'Aménagement concerte) des Bords de Marne, which is currently separated from the rest of the city by a large office building and a railway embankment. In addition to the new IDF Headquarters, the masterplan includes the construction of a Museum of the Resistance, an inter-municipal pedagogical documentation center, a plastic arts workshop, a 6,500 square metre hotel and another 15,000 square metres of office space.

Courtesy of Piuarch
Courtesy of Piuarch

The development plan is envisaged "not as a passive link to the rest of the city, but as a new social, cultural and productive engine," with Piuarch's building and connected public square operating as one of the first contributions to the new ZAC des Bords de Marne.

Courtesy of Piuarch
Courtesy of Piuarch
  • Architects

  • Location

    Champigny-sur-Marne, France
  • Piuarch Design Team

    Francesco Fresa, Germán Fuenmayor, Gino Garbellini, Monica Tricario
  • Client

    IDF Habitat
  • Area

    2700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Piuarch
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Cite: Rory Stott. "IDF Habitat Headquarters / Piuarch + Stefano Sbarbati Architecte" 27 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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