‘duploye apartments’ by XTU architects, 18th district of paris, franceimage © renaud dessade

 

 

 

the ‘duploye apartments’ by XTU architects seek to be an urban ribbon between two major roads in paris’s 18th arrondissement. with a facade of both laquered and brushed metal, the buildings are a tectonic reinterpretation of baroque revivalist architecture of the first and second arrondissement.

 

instead of intricate curves and setback stones, the apartments employ periscopic framed or projected windows with an inlaid coat of neon green lacquer. elements of the facade extend interior surfaces while creating bold compositions in elevation that additionally change with the fleeting quality of the sunlight. balconies jut out in a similar fashion over a generous interior courtyard, while double glazing is set back to prevent solar heat gain. color also plays role in the overall sustainable ecology of the building, what with whites and grays on west  courtyard walls and aluminum retained for the remaining skin. every dwelling has its own terrace and all units have access to the rooftop garden. 

XTU architects: duploye apartments, parisstreet views of the apartments and ground level shops image © XTU architects

XTU architects: duploye apartments, parisclose up view of the protruding window frames image © XTU architects

XTU architects: duploye apartments, parisapertures are inlaid with boldly colored shading devices image © XTU architects

XTU architects: duploye apartments, parisinterior viewimage © luc boegly

XTU architects: duploye apartments, parisfacade view image © renaud dessade

XTU architects: duploye apartments, pariselevation views of the building shows the illusory quality of the architectonics image © renaude dessade

XTU architects: duploye apartments, paristhe  envelope is a compositional interplay of set back glazing and projective framing image © renaud dessade

XTU architects: duploye apartments, paristhe apartment block from the street image © renaude dessade

XTU architects: duploye apartments, parisdifferent light conditions beget a variety of tints and shades of the exteriorimage © renaud dessade

 

 

 

project info:

 

architects: anouk legendre + nicolas desmazières, maxime le trionnaire, olivier busson, keeyong lee, charlotte brussieux,philippe stanfield-pinel, laurence pinelclient: opac de paris situation: urban districtprogram:70 dwellings + parking + shopscost:10,34 m-€ total floor area:7.124 mengineering: cet [engineers]materials: lacquered metal, concrete, green roofimage rendering: artefactory, XTU