Source: Jean-Christophe Quinton
In the heart of the density of the 6th arrondissement of Paris, this seven storey housing building atempts to find a balance between a discreet presence in the Parisian street, and an intentionally contemporary architectural style.
By its shape and its location, the building completes the street and reinforces the typical alignment of buildings along the continuous morpholgy of the Parisian street. Likewise, its vertical openings and the use of natural limestone allow it to fit in its environment, in both materiality and shape. At an urban scale, the project fades in the built landscape.
At the building scale, the smooth curves of the facade, whose perception emphasizes in the high storeys, give a strong architectural identity and clearly expres its domestical dimension by showing each room through the facade.
The plan aims to reach this balance as well. It is structured by a sequence of rooms that organizes the dwelling : the staircase, the landing, the entrance hall and the bedroom are connected as a continuous space that one can instantaneously feel. This layout renews the Parisian tradition of the connection between the picturesque universe of the courtyard and the more homogeneous one of the street. This sequence is also a backbone of empty space that brings natural light in the heart of every housing and that orchestrates, by emphasizing it, the view on Paris.
The identity of the project was born to the encounter of the formal intuition of the curved walls and the will of a constructive use of the stone. This measured execution finds its explanation in the choice regarding the dimensions of the stones, their proportions, their color, their joints, their layout. The appearance of the project is strengthened by a spare execution of details typically linked with the stone masonery such as curved quoins and corbels. Those elements are combined with the use of white window frames and folding shutters, enhancing the reinterpretation of the Parisian archetype.
Building specifications: Social housing & extension of a childcare center
Building capacity: 8 units
Height: 7 storeys
Architect: Jean-Christophe Quinton assisted by Charles Rosenfeld