Part of a large urban renewal project in Paris, the Rive Seine Macro Lot A5 comprises four white apartment buildings that reference typical Haussmann buildings from the mid 1800s. French design studio Tetrarc designed the structures with clear, sharp lines, Mansard-style roofs and extravagant vertical meshes that put a modern twist on the classical loggia.
The urban renewal project is spread over 182 acres on the side of the former Renault factories. The Rive Seine Macro Lot A5 is located at the heart of one of the three sectors and comprises a secondary schoool and 110 apartments for social housing. The seven-storey buildings form a clean frontage broken up by intricate meshes that combine vertical passages providing access to four apartments on each floor and one loggia per apartment. These porous towers dominate the street and introduce an element of fun to the otherwise classical look of the neighborhood.
In the center of the plot, the architects introduced a private road lined with family homes, which references the urbanism of Paris. Here, fifteen properties distributed across three floors and lofts offer a more private environment. These spaces are complemented with external loggias which are partially open and private. The spaces between are clad in wood. A zigzagging pathway separates these two projects within the same block and is lined with silver birch trees. This garden area can be accessed via corridors that cross Rue Marcel Bontemps.
Photos by Stéphane Chalmeau