Located on a plot in the heart of a city block occupied by a 9-story parking garage, the project includes two parts: one of 75 apartments for first-time buyers and another of 74 units of social housing. The building with the social housing has a wooden structure whereas the one for buyers conserves the pre-existing concrete structure. The new apartments face east-west. Two broad lateral corridors enable a full-scale greening of the site.

In addition to the quality of the new apartments, the project is aimed at improving the existing built environment, creating harmony and balance between the new and original inhabitants of the site. The building’s footprint, perpendicular to the older building offers broad perspectives. The wooden building on the Jaurès side, displays a visible wooden grid, replicating aesthetic conventions of the older built environment and its visible framework has been transformed into the supporting structure of the balconies. With the strong commitment to preservation and compliance with HQE construction, this project contributes ethical, sustainable and quality architecture to its location. Wood ensures the building’s passive environmental qualities while giving it a warm and visually enhanced appearance.

Project Sheets
Client: Paris Habitat OPH & Emerige
Architects: archi5 Encore Heureux architectes
General building company: GTM & Arbonis

Program:  75 social housing units (car park rehabilitation), 74 social housing units (wooden structure) and commercial space

Address: Avenue Jaurès, Paris XIXe
Surface: Social housing 4,402 sqm, Housing 4,229 sqm
Cost:  Social housing €11,591,576 excl. VAT, Housing €14,459,579 excl. VAT
Calendar: competition won in 2016, delivery in 2021