The creation of block 04, made up of 60 + 60 housing units, is the result of a joint workshop of two architectural firms: AZC and Cantin Planchez.
This collaboration allowed us to approach the issue of housing in a free and insightful way. We were able to propose in consequence a diversity of volumetric devices, duplexes, lofts, houses, terraces, balconies, loggias, gardens …
The new entity offers an architectural variety which responds to the urban scale of the site as well as to the domestic character of its program. The site distinguishes itself by the relation to the port and the urban space.
This situation generates a public space that adapts to the key urban elements and in the same time interferes with the surrounding landscape. Inspired by the ports surrounding buildings, our project offers collective housing as well as individual house-type units.
These qualities, as the modern and reassuring aspect, are obtained due to the rigour of the bay design, the choice of the materials and the use of bright colours.
The purpose of the building base is to protect the housing units from the noise nuisance coming from the road and the walkway along the canal.
The objective of designing the two buildings is to create double exposure, diagonal views and transparency on all the levels of the block. Source by AZC + SPLAAR.
- Location: Canal de l’Ourcq 93500 Pantin, France
- Architect: AZC + SPLAAR
- AZC Team:GrégoireZündel, Irina Cristea
- Competition Team: Mario Russo; Etudes – Alba Bui, Patrizia Bucciarelli, Roland Oberhofer
- Client: NEXITY APOLLONIA
- Program: 125 housing units, activities (AZC-Housing = 2 765 m², Social housing = 1 457 m², Commerce = 295 m²; SPLAAR = 4 698 m²)
- Surface: 9200 m²
- Year: 2018
- Photographs: Sergio Grazia, Courtesy of AZC
Article by Marco Rinaldi