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.