This unexpected green-roofed wooden building in the suburbs of Paris is a community center designed to meet Passivhaus energy requirements. Part of an urban renovation project taking place in the Saint-Martin district, the Christian Marin Community Center contrasts the surrounding architecture and features a green roof that announces the flower plantations to follow shortly by the end of this fall. Guillaume Ramillien Architecture designed the building to "reaffirm the desire to enrich the available architectural offer and highlight the ecological engagement of the area."
The community center is located at the foot of a windowless gable of a partially preserved building. It aims to reintroduce a human scale to the area and the neighboring buildings. It expands from the ground floor up to the first floor and features a green roof that slopes to the side. The raw wood cladding clashes with the typical appearance of the buildings in the district, while the large bay windows communicate the generosity of the indoor spaces.
The interior comprises four big rooms for various activities for kids between 11 and 18, association’s meetings and other events. A central atrium connects all the rooms.
Photos by Pascal Amoyel