The site for this mixed-use development is in Clichy-Batignolles, a new eco-district in Paris built on a former SNCF rail yard and centred around Martin Luther King Park. The eco-district embraces the ambitious Climate and Biodiversity plans of the City of Paris, has the first Parisian smart grid and became one of the earliest projects to receive Stage 4 Eco Equartier certification.
The challenge was to combine the required functions on a tight site located between the new park and boulevard, ensuring all public elements had direct accessibility to the street. Access to the housing, schools, sports facilities, and shops are positioned within a transparent, double-height gallery space aligned along the boulevard. Entrance halls and lobbies can be places for social interaction and help activate the street.
The schools’ activity rooms (library, music, art, dance and yoga) are orientated to the park, reinforcing a strong visual contact with the landscape. Above a 9-storey building contains different apartment units ranging from 1-bed studios to 4-bed maisonettes.