aluminum towers interweave through tetrarc's rive seine social housing in paris
aluminum towers interweave through tetrarc's rive seine social housing in paris aluminum towers interweave through tetrarc's rive seine social housing in paris
dec 10, 2015

aluminum towers interweave through tetrarc's rive seine social housing in paris

aluminum towers interweave through tetrarc’s rive seine social housing in paris
all images by stéphane chalmeau




in the heart of great paris, architecture firm tetrarc architectes have been involved with a major renewal project spread over a site of 74 hectares and what use to be the location of former renault car factories. the vast project has seen the construction of two social housing complexes based on the same plot and designed by the same firm. the set of dwellings are differentiated by their contrasting architecture styles seen in two separate structures.

interwoven riveted aluminium this feature references allusions to the industrial history




rising at seven-storeys, ‘plot A’- the four white buildings is distinguished by their use of clean and sharp lines; referencing the large mansions built by baron haussmann seen in paris’ city center. on the roof, the interplay of different openings and a series of decorative towers interrupt the sharp aesthetic of the scheme. protected by a metal, sculptural mesh, these towers contain the vertical passages for access to four apartments on each floor. comprised of interwoven riveted aluminum this feature references ‘a number of allusions to the industrial history of the area without becoming mired in nostalgic reminiscence. the pure and simple joy of living here is revealed by the simplicity and quality of the building.’

the unusual identity of these towers serving as entrances/loggias ensure privacy for their residents

the interplay of the different roof openings, levels break up the straight lines of the white apartments

a more secluded residential block is defined by a wooden cladding




behind this frontage, where it joins the future secondary school for plot A, there are fifteen properties in an apartment block built over three storeys, plus lofts. offering a more secluded, quieter urban environment, enlivened by external loggia-type extensions which are partially open and private, the spaces between them display intricate wooden cladding which mirrors the cycle of light and shade throughout the day.

in between the two schemes, a tree-lined passageway connects the two together




these two projects in the block are separated by a zig-zag pathway, interspersed with a scattering of silver birch trees. the buildings are connected by a porch on the eastern side, a connection which leaves two levels open. the white-metal and wooden-clad schemes have delivered social housing with thoroughly planned internal and external spaces aimed for tenants on modest incomes. the buildings serve as a cultural and local landmark which in turn, provides continuity to the wider renewal project and a reflection on future social housing developments

silver birch trees planted along the zig-zag passage inbetween the housing schemes

the urban renewal scheme is based on a 74 hectare plot which was previously the site of renault factories

with quality internal and external spaces for everyone, it is a generous proposition for tenants on modest incomes

  • The planting of silver birch trees may sound good. However a significant proportion of the population is allergic to the silver birch. I would have thought a tree with less allergens would be more appropriate. Also a few balconies would be a desired feature to the facade of the buildings to make them more interesting to residents and passersby alike d’-)

    Jetwax says:

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