In Paris suburb, located in a flood risk area, this project ‘Social Housing’ of 61 social housing units contributes to the objective of the Ivry Confluences Urban Development Zone (ZAC) to revitalize the southern part of this former industrial district.

Courtesy of Atelier du Pont – Photographs : Takuji Shimmura

To ensure a transition between the scales of the very different urban situations, the project forms a homogeneous built environment made up of a series of buildings ranging from two to seven storeys in height. This staggered height plan goes hand-in-hand with a consideration of the range of uses and typologies, urban forms and modes of living that form a city.

The buildings on the street corner are collective housing and have a far-ranging view out over the neighborhood, but the height then gradually tails off towards the small square on the south side, splitting up to form an intermediary environment of super imposed townhouses. This typology marries the need for compactness with the quality of individual homes or small-scale collective housing that reflect the neighborhood’s past and how people have always lived here.

Courtesy of Atelier du Pont – Photographs : Takuji Shimmura

The houses and flats are raised above ground level, since the site is covered by flood prevention regulations. They are reached by means of a path way that passes through the treetops of a ground-level park, offering residents a gentle transition between private, collective and public spaces along with a view of the entire site.

Courtesy of Atelier du Pont – Photographs : Takuji Shimmura

Artistic add-on, Atelier YokYok painted an an amorphous on the porches, establishing a graphic and playful dialogue with the architecture and the near by school group.

Courtesy of Atelier du Pont – Photographs : Takuji Shimmura

Project Info :

Architects : Atelier du Pont
Acoustics : Gamba
Project Year : 2017
Project Area : 4100.0 m2
General Engineering : Berim
Cost: 7,000,000 € (pre-tax)
Photographs : Takuji Shimmura
Project Team : Claire Chauvois
Artistic Intervention : Atelier YokYok
Project Location : 94200 Ivry-sur-Seine, France
Project Managers : Eve Honnet, François Giannesini

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