The Hoche ecodistrict is rising from the ground on old industrial sites. It has to mediate between the scale of the Chemin-de-l’Ile park and the A14 motorway that cuts through it, and the far smaller scale of an area of detached houses dating back to the 1930s. The two plots selected for the development are a good illustration of the challenge. The housing is divided into housing blocks that are look onto public space and face the eight-storey towers between them and the motorway and a square, but in the centre of the block are houses of the same dimensions as the existing detached houses. On Rue Germaine Tillion, there are open staircases that cut through the buildings. Aside from offering views of the inside of the blocks, these openings let sunlight into the street and provide natural aeration and ventilation to the flats’ toilets and bathrooms. Breaking up the street side of the buildings helps to recreate the varying heights of the neighbouring buildings.
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