Cardinet-Chalabre, Paris – ZAC Saussure

Cardinet-Chalabre Paris, ZAC Saussure, Pont Cardinet Building, Housing Project Images

Cardinet-Chalabre, Paris

Contemporary Parisian Residential Buildings – design by LAN Architecture

24 Sep 2010

Cardinet-Chalabre Paris

40 Housing Units, Paris

LAN Architecture wins

The major urban interest of Ilot 4.2 lies in its position: it will act as a fulcrum between Boulevard Pereire and the new ZAC (Urban Development Zone), creating a kind of transition between ‘black and white photograph’ Paris and the more extensive, three-dimensional city beyond.

Cardinet-Chalabre, Paris ZAC Saussure

Ensuring this transition was the core concern underlying our strategy, which involved trying to understand the fundaments of the Haussmanian typology.

We regard our proposal as a tribute to Paris, to an architecture defined by the city’s specificity and logic, but with the additional demand of having to provide solutions to current and emerging problems.

Cardinet-Chalabre ZAC Saussure building

The project’s conception is based on the regularity of its façade.

The interplay of matter and transparency defines the envelope of the ensemble, which for urban planning reasons has to take up the entire plot, and therefore have the same ground plan.

Each apartment is organised around a large loggia, an extension of the interior living space outside. In winter the loggia can be closed to create an additional living room, despite the cold. In summer the loggia helps ventilate the interior.

Cardinet-Chalabre ZAC Saussure building interior

The arrangement of the loggias creates an interplay between matter and transparency across the facade. Clad with wood, the loggias become its recognisable elements, enlivening the regularity of the windows, so that the building, seen from a distance, expresses itself from within, like a colour chart.

The regularity and size of the openings and the ceiling height render the building’s definition in terms of use ambiguous, and the choice of structure reinforces this. Only the facades and circulation core are load-bearing, leaving maximum freedom for the arrangement of each floor. The building can therefore change use in the future when required.

Cardinet-Chalabre Paris – Building Information

PROGRAMME: 40 housing units and retails
CLIENT: ICF Novedis
LOCATION: ZAC Saussure, Pont Cardinet, Ilot 4.2, Paris 75017
PROJECT AREA: 3200m²
BUDGET: 5M € excl. VAT
TIMETABLE: 2010-13
TEAM: LAN (lead architect), Bollinger-Grohmann (structure), Agence Franck Boutté (HEQ consultant), LBE (fluids), Jp Tohier & Associes (surveyor).

Cardinet-Chalabre Paris images / information from LAN Architecture

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Location: Ilot 4.2, Paris 75017

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