babled nouvet reynard architectes vaugirard
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the ‘vaugirard’ housing complex, located in the 15th arrondissement of paris, combines student rental living and family ownership town homes into two eight-storey volumes. designed by babled nouvet reynaud architectes, the project is unified and distinguished by its perforated aluminum rainscreen, which wraps the structures to provide shade to balconies and interior spaces. the variations in diameter and patterning of holes on the panels reference foliage motifs, and creates a play of light and shadow across the façades.

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only a small volume of the new complex faces the adjacent street
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babled nouvet reynard architectes vaugirard designboom

the rainscreen wraps the façades on the balconies’ outer edge
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each dwelling offers balcony spaces for its occupants. wide patios off of townhomes face a grove of trees at the edge of the site, while more intimate decks face an outdoor passageway, serving the student rental units.

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outdoor pathways access ground floor units
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babled nouvet reynard architectes vaugirard designboom

balconies are angled to direct views
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babled nouvet reynard architectes vaugirard designboom

photos © julien lanoo

 

 

 

the site layout allows for various flows of pedestrian circulation. numerous entries provide passage through the entire length of the block, as well as initiate a gradual transition from the urban environment to the private units. these basic ground level movements inform the overall outline and orientation of the built volumes.

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a central pathway extends through the length of the site
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babled nouvet reynard architectes vaugirard designboom

photo © julien lanoo

babled nouvet reynard architectes vaugirard designboom

floral shadow patterns are cast into the interior spaces
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project info:

 

location: 15th arrondissement, paris, france
clients: paris habitat, altarea cogedim, crous
architecture: babled nouvet reynaud architectes
area: 6,632 sqm
cost: € 18,585,000 ht
completed: 12.2013