Across these three edifices, the project explores the question of the picturesque, but not the usual, superficial picturesqueness mimicking the complexity of contemporary cities using formal artifice and façade styles. Instead, the project explores the capacity of strong typological variations to create the genuine complexity necessary for such a scale of transformation. The project therefore involves a detailed examination of the intrinsic typological elements proper to each edifice, stemming both from their different program combinations and each construction’s distinct situation. As a result, the three edifices form a picturesque system interacting forcefully with the extremely heterogeneous architecture of this part of Paris’s 15th arrondissement.
54 social housing units, 25-room shelter, 101-room retirement home with day centre, crèche
Paris 15th (75), France
Delivered in 2015
TVK (lead architect and urban designer), Berim (engineer), Franck Boutté (environmental consultant)
H&E, BBC, Plan Climat Ville de Paris
Aliette Chauchat, Victor Francisco, Vincent Hertenberger (project directors), Felix Tönnis (project managers), Marta Blazquez, Léonard Cattoni, Hee-Won Jung, Rozenn Lagrée