atelier du pont revitalize social housing block with new facade
atelier du pont revitalize social housing block with new facade atelier du pont revitalize social housing block with new facade
sep 13, 2013

atelier du pont revitalize social housing block with new facade


completely remodeling the facade of this social housing block in paris, french firm atelier du pont have added a new skin of balconies over the existing structure. the intervention to this seriously degraded building, which contains 56 units in the saint-blaise neighbourhood — a forgotten corner of the city — hopes to add to the development’s sense of identity, foster diversity, imagine new uses and improve its energy performance.

outside view of the social housing block’s new facade
all images courtesy of atelier du pont



the rehabilitation to the existing shell was carried out while it was in use and has played a major role in enhancing the social fabric of a neighborhood undergoing massive change. basing their analysis on sun studies and the impact of the nearby high-rise buildings, the extra outdoor spaces were strategically added wherever suited. designed as an oversized meccano kit, the balconies are suspended from the roof, with the applied materials and technical solutions avoiding overloading on the existing building. the new skin was installed without putting machinery on the concrete slab and by using no cranes or pods, which helped to have minimal disruption on the resident’s daily lives during construction. providing the apartments with outdoor areas, the simple idea has given not only improved the living spaces for its occupants, it has revitalized the surrounding area as well.

the location of the outdoor balconies were based on a sun studies analysis of the impact of nearby high-rise buildings

entrance showing the alternating openings of the building’s new skin

the new façade was designed as an oversized meccano kit with the balconies suspended from the existing roof

detail of the balconies

façade detail

view showing the inside of the balconies




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