A former brownfield in Paris has turned into a hotspot for green development and clean energy production. As part of an ambitious plan to green the city, the Parisian government is transforming the vast Batignolles railway enclave in the 17th district into the Clichy-Batignolles Eco-district, a massive mixed-use development that promotes public transit, quality of life, use of renewable energies, and the inclusion of biodiversity. While the 50-hectare project is still under construction, architecture firm Atelier Du Pont recently completed part of a major multi-program block that includes a nursing home, social housing, retail, and apartments.
Launched in 2001 and slated for completion in 2020, the Clichy-Batignolles project is structured around a 10-hectare natural public park and comprise over 3,400 homes—at least half of which will be social housing—to house 7,500 residents; 140,000 square meters of office space; 31,000 square meters of retail; 38,000 square meters of facilities; and a 120,000-square-meter courthouse and police headquarters. The mixed-use development is expected to create at least 12,700 new jobs. The environmentally friendly buildings emphasize walkability, connections to the outdoors, access to public transit, and community.
Ample use of greenery, from the parks to green walls, will help reduce the urban heat island effect. Only 12 percent of the eco-district’s total surface area will be made up of impervious pavement, and rainwater will be collected and filtered onsite with the help of green roofs and wetlands. Photovoltaic panels will be installed in abundance and coupled with geothermal energy sources to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Energy consumption in the buildings is limited to 50kWh per square meter per year, a rate that’s below the requirements for current energy regulations in Paris.