Built in the early sixties along the ring road of Paris, this high rise block of 16 storeys includes 96 apartments. The demolition, firstly envisaged, has been avoided and a project of transformation decided. The project proposes an extension of the apartments in the form of winter gardens and balconies.
→ We like the work on the image of the building through the addition of a new facade in a useful way (sustainability and space): New floors, built as a self-supporting structure, are added on the periphery of the existing building at every floor to extend the living rooms and create closeable terraces and balconies. The existing facades with small windows have been removed and replaced by large transparent openings so that the inhabitants can profit from the exceptional view of Paris.
→ We like the idea of an open ground floor: The entrance hall was refurbished. The volume is freed of all useless rooms and installations to become a free and transparent space from the entrance to a new garden created on the back of the building. Rooms for collective activities are established on the sides of the hall. Two lifts are built to improve access to the apartments.
→ We like the process in the building site: The structure is designed with prefabricated elements so that the inhabitants can stay in the apartments during the construction works.
This is an emblematic project showing that renovation is less expensive than destruction and rebuilding. It’s possible to create a project with a contemporary architecture through innovative renovation.