his project connects to the future “Grand Paris” Railway Station at Créteil l’Échat. The site consists of a strip of land averaging 30 meters in width and roughly 150 meters in length which sits directly above and along the railway tracks.
The construction projects planned along the “Grand Paris” stations are contributing significantly to the area’s urban development and as such they must address diverse needs. Mixed by definition, these projects combine businesses and residences that will be occupied during the day and at night.
The upcoming Créteil l’Échat Railway Station, together with the construction of an underground public parking area, raised significant concerns from a pedestrian perspective, and this demanded that ensuing expectations of urbanity be addressed.
A new relationship to the ground was created as ground floor spaces were freed up and enlivened as much as possible, an emphasis was given to a sense of visual transparency, and an effort was made to reunite the two sides of the RER tracks.
The project consists of three building plots organized around a central core of open spaces. Although they correspond to the residential building situated to the south of this parcel, each element nevertheless retains its own identity in function of its program.
The business hotel and student residence directly overhang the railway station, housed in a 50-meter tall building that vigorously emblematizes the urban scale of the area. The second building houses offices, on the top floor of which is a vast terrace that surrounds the reception areas. The third contains housing units; the first two floors encircle a patio area, and the upper six stories then split into two symmetrical, vertical structures.
The architectural program includes extensive green space and the use of outdoor spaces on all levels of the project; different types of landscaping will be used, from the parking level all the way up to the rooftop terrace.