Gallery: Passive Solar Parisian Housing Complex Adapts to its Natural E...


Perhaps the apartments’ most impressive statement is their sudden break from the Parisian grid and adaptation of the site where an old hospital was demolished. The buildings are interspersed with gardens and feature an organic form that soaks up the sun.

Each building is composed of a series of terraced layers that rise upward, providing shade for the apartments below. The first floor is reserved for businesses and handicap-accessible apartments, and the floors above reinforce the greenscape with a ribbon of green roof that rises over the exterior walkways.

South-facing patios have ETFE plastic drapes to capture the winter sun and provide a small private winter green house. The unique draped façade also helps heat the building in winter. In summer the porches prevent sun from reaching into the living spaces, reducing cooling needs. The roof hosts a large solar thermal water heating system which supplies the residences with 60% of their hot water needs.

+ Jakob + Macfarlane

Via Architecture Lab

Lead photo © James Ewing

Photos © Nicholas Borel


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