mobile architectural office unites Parisian urban archetypes
At the intersection of three Parisian urban situations at the heart of French capital sits Mobile Architectural Office’s multifaceted new residence complex. The project consists of six residential units and a commercial space, and the project is hidden behind a white rib metal skin that unites the characteristic qualities of the city’s nearby faubourien architecture with discreet fashion nature, the cohesive neatness of the brick facades and the classical architectural language reinterpreted by postmodern structures from the 1980s.
Across its five floors, the program configures six residential units, including two triplexes on the ground floor, over a commercial area. Each unit is arranged around a central courtyard, its interior facade clad in nature treeand is served by a shared staircase and external landing for shared use between neighbours.
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6 housing units hidden behind a ribbed metal cladding
The site is located on the corner of rue Robert Blache and rue du Terrage. To echo its suburban substance, the project reinterprets the fusion of faubourienne architecture, compact volumetry, facades ordered by regular vertical openings, discreet mode nature and simple expressions of construction.
On the ground floor of rue Robert Blache, the team at Mobile Architectural Office has injected a strong sense of animation along the street front by integrating several retail spaces. Access to the residential apartments is created via a bright passageway overlooking the adjacent Rue du Terrage. On the upper floors, all homes are double or triple oriented and interrupted with uniform windows that provide optimal natural light for the residents. Inside, some structural elements of the woodwork have been revealed in discreet, natural expressions.
Mobile Architectural Office has developed a construction principle based on both vertical and horizontal prefabricated wood, with solid facades and floors from the Basque Country. This enables low-carbon development and efficient construction, allowing the structure to be assembled within ten days. Further, to facilitate the large spans of the business premises and the relationship with the ground, the structure of the ground floor is made of concrete.
On the roof, a rainwater collection system collects rainfall and feeds the planter above the bicycle room and the green area on the ground floor. A recycling system in the tank supplies the taps in the common areas and all sanitary facilities.