To realise this office building conversion into a student housing, the existing structure was stripped of its facade and simplified to reveal two distinct volumes composed of thin slabs and posts. The building now has a visual transparency that creates a relationship between the street space and the heart of the block. The rhythm of the facades is visually structured by the framework of the posts, into which the living units are inserted. The connection of the exterior circulation to the structure optimises the habitable surface area by removing all central circulations and entirely freeing the existing slabs for the student accommodation. The passageways provide access to both the student’s accommodation and the exterior spaces, extending the living units and becoming their natural continuity.
Conversion of an office building into a 107-unit student residence
4.2 M€ excl. VAT
Delivered in 2010
TVK (lead architect), BERIM (engineering and cost consultant), EVP ingénierie (structural engineer)
Very High Energetic Performance, HEQ process
Aliette Chauchat, Victor Francisco (project directors)