Paris, France, 2012-06-17 -
The building is part of a recently developed area in the North of Paris (19th district). The main façade south faces an urban boulevard Boulevard Mac Donald. The new tram way under construction will serve the area in a few months. Next to the housing, a school group, offices and facilities have been built.
The main volume of the housing is 10 stories high and measures 45 x 32 m. A small patio lights up naturally the center. Shops situated on the ground floor and offices on the 1st floor complete the building. All apartments are double oriented and a generously outdoor space – balcony, roof, terrace or loggia - are provided for each apartment. The outdoor spaces enlarge naturally the living rooms and dining area. The loggias are about 10 m2; their dimension allows the comfortable placement of a table.
The apartments are laid out on a grid of 3m20 and offer a multitude of types from studios to large 4/5 room apartments. One of the major topics has been the possible evolution by combining the apartments and adapting them to new situations over generations. The plan, composed of modules allows to reorganize and to resize the apartments.
A 30cm low parapet allows vertical openings and assures comfortable natural light in all rooms. Solar panels on the roof provide hot water. A two stories underground parking contains 78 places, storage rooms and a large department for cycles.
The building is well insulated on the outside face of the facade. The top skin is made of polycarbonate cellular panels of three different degrees of transparency. (Transparent, translucent, opaque). The skin provides a depth (profoundness) to the facade by its transparency, while a film behind the panels uniforms the background. Reflected sunlight gives the building it’s special flair. The facade of the base of the building (shops and offices) is composed by glass and concrete panels.
Workshops with an open height of 5 meters are situated in the courtyard facing the main building. A delivery area for small trucks is provided. The project proposes a mix of functions in a very high density.
Project: Housing ZAC Claude Bernard, Paris 19. Arrondissement 93 Housings in all 65 Social Housing; 28 housings with moderate rent R+9, Acitvity on the ground floor and offices on the 1. Floor Certification HQE Address: Boulevard Mac Donald 75019 Paris Client/Address: BNP Paribas Immobilier Résidentiel IDF 167 Quai de la bataille de Stalingrad 92867 Issy-les-Moulineaux Architect: DFA | Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes Architect Dipl.-Ing. Dietmar Feichtinger, mandataire 11, rue des Vignoles, 75020 Paris Team Competition: Claire Bodenez, Projet leader Team plan: Justyna Swat, Marcus Himmel, Katja Pargger, Florian Vadjoux, Anna Zottl, Mathias Neveling, Arne Speiser, Hugo Enlart Site supervision: Marcus Himmel Engineers: Griveau Ingénierie, BET structure Contractors: Entreprise Générale SICRA Ile de France 36, rue du séminaire 94550 Chevilly Cedex Site area: 2 085m2 Floor area: Activity 1 800 m2 Housing 5 560 m2 Total 7 360 m2 Built-up area: 1 564 m2 Cubage: 37 225 m3 Building costs: 12,43 M€ Cost per m2: 1 480 €/m2 SHON Size and main features : R+9 (High of the building 31.05m) 2 levels of underground parkings Parking (infrastructure) 2 410 m2, ,78 Parkings, parking for cycles Activity 1 800 m2 Dwelling with moderate rent 1 620 m2 Social housings 3 940 m2 It is one of the first achieved buildings in a new developed area in the North East of Paris. The 200 ha large area is situated between the Porte de la Villette and the Porte de la Chapelle. SEMAVIP has been appointed developper of the whole area by the Town of Paris. The investor for the housing is BNP PARISBAS IMMOBILIER PROMOTION RESIDENTIEL. Frame with mobile blades of glass Competition: 01|2008àStart of planning Start of planning: 03|2008 Start of construction: 11|2009 Completion: 11|2011Building costs Inauguration le jeudi 24 novembre 2011
Dietmar Feichtinger The Simone de Beauvoir footbridge was designed by Dietmar Feichtinger.We talk with an architect who is as attentive to the natural as he is to the urban environment.
He designed the Simone de Beauvoir footbridge, won the European competition for the Mont Saint Michel pedestrian causeway bridge and was responsible for the footbridges at La Défense and over the Rhine, but Dietmar Feichtinger does not consider himself a bridge specialist. “I don’t like the term specialist. Our work covers a hospital, universities, office buildings, toll plazas and cinemas as well as bridges.” He does not prefer horizontal to vertical lines and adds that he is careful never to repeat himself. “I don’t to get into the habit of designing only office buildings, only bridges or anything else. Habit kills creativity.” Every location calls for its own project. Treating every projectas a new one fitting into a specific location is a good way of avoiding routine. This involves seeking a new solution every time, endeavoring to be highly modern, highly contemporary and above all avoiding stylistic precepts.
Every location, every natural landscape, every urban setting requires its own response. This can mean attracting attention, like the Simone de Beauvoir Footbridge, or blending into the landscape like he causeway bridge at the Mont Saint Michel Bay. The design of his bridges thus varies considerably. But relationships and analogies can be found with other–at firsglance quite different–structures. The causeway bridge, for example, bears a resemblance to the Klagenfurth hospital, of which a scalemodel takes up half the office where we are talking with Dietmar Feichtinger. “In both projects, the direct connection tonature was important to us.”
All-revealing architecture Everywhere – if it’s in Paris or the Mont Saint Michel Bay – Dietmar Feichtinger focuses primarily on fitting his projects into their setting. This, he strongly believes, is the fundamental of architecture, a guiding principle rather than an obstacle, and he pays close attention to the structure of his work.“The bones of the building, that is what every architect should be interested in.” His bridges are, in that sense, a stylistic exercise: “This is all-revealing architecture, you can conceal nothing. It is the basic. principles that make the project.”
Brief biography Dietmar Feichtinger a native of Austria, studied architecture at the Technical University of Graz. He moved to Paris in 1989 and established Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes in 1993. With a thirty of employees between Paris and Vienna the team operates mainly in Europe. DFA has built a strong reputation for its inventive structures and its investigative approach to design. Its work links both architecture and engineering whilst exploring the dynamic between these two disciplines. In a constant strive DFA is looking for integration environmental and sustainable development, in a elegant and sensitive architecture, respectful of nature and humans. Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes is internationally honored with architecture awards and publications for excellence in design and their built projects.