Blending two frameworks
project’s salient feature is the blending of the existing framework
with that of the new addition. This involved the rehabilitation of the
existing part and reinterpreting and adapting it to current needs and
uses and creating additional volumes to fill in the empty and neglected
One of the main
difficulties encountered was the quest for light. The building is quite
thick. Caught deep between the two opaque walls of adjacent buildings,
it only offered two façades with generous views: one facing the
boulevard Ornano, the other the interior street.
overlooking the courtyard, now covered at mid height by a glass roof,
only offer views of an altered quality, where one’s gaze ricochets from
one façade to another façade.
Therefore, the façade facing courtyard
and the street had to be repurposed by removing the glass roof and
crossbeams on the south side, thereby allowing light to penetrate, and
offering better views and enhanced acoustics of the façades overlooking
Preservation and reinterpretation
façade on the boulevard Ornano has kept most of its original features,
the façade facing the street and courtyard have been reworked based on
the existing elements. New simple and contemporary volumes have been
inserted into the lower levels thereby creating a new base floor.
upper part has been reinterpreted with the vocabulary of the structural
framework of exposed brick panels and frames in a tightly woven
85 different housing units
apartments have been designed to offer generous sunlit spaces. In the
duplexes, volumes widen in spots to compensate for the constraints
imposed by the existing structure. Their interior circulations are
treated as playful pathways, occasionally revealing unexpected points of
view from deep within and on the lower level. The walls feature simple
surfaces and forms reflecting light. They compose minimalist and
sometimes complex volumes, taking advantage of the constraints of the
existing structure as a genuine opportunity to invent atypical spaces,
as if they were 85 houses ready to receive 85 different families.
the density nor the framework predestined this building for housing.
The quantified housing objective to be achieved required a doubling of
the floor area within the same envelope. Spaces had to be inserted
between the structures, in both the plan and the cross-section, thereby
creating new floors and modifying the height of some of them.
13-19 boulevard Ornano, 75018 Paris
repurposing of a former dairy into 85 housing units, nursery,shops and parking garage
Linkcity pour Paris habitat
Architects : Marc Younan architectes / Eddy Vahanian
BET TCE : Groupe Nox (feasibility study, design and supervision of the engineering trades, contract management for the site)
9 300 m²
13.5 M€ excluding VAT
Delivered in December 2016
©Daniel Moulinet Photographe