ecdm: ZAC bords de seine housing project
ecdm: ZAC bords de seine housing project ecdm: ZAC bords de seine housing project
jul 15, 2009

ecdm: ZAC bords de seine housing project

ecdm: ZAC bords de seine housing project all images courtesy of ecdm architects




located in the issy les moulineaux, france, ZAC bords de seine by ecdm architects is a project which includes housing, shops and some services. it draws on the idea of building an intelligent living space that turns to its surrounding environment and weather elements for assistance. light, views, outdoor space and transversal ideas were essential in the design of this site. rather than create a few situations running through each other, all parts of this architectural unit interact with one another to make a cohesive unit.

the façades of the building

rooftop gardens and lush plants utilize rain water to their benefit




taking advantage of alternate resources, rain water is collected through the buildings’ rooftops and stored below for irrigating vegetation later.

trees are planted on the interior of the buildings and grow through skylights bringing the outdoors in

suspended terraces that allow for gardening to green the space

layout in relation to surrounding environment




the housing project which is seen as an ‘island’, is made up of eight entities, which are positioned and carved into plots that bring the diffusion of sunlight into the apartment units. the garden is a central theme to the overall design and can be found in the heart of the ‘island’. lush foliage with suspended terraces add to the generously landscaped space.

a look at some of the plants included in the design

trees are incorporated into the design of the indoor parking lot

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