Christ & Gantenbein’s social housing in Paris

by Web Staff

Compasses Magazine

Vaugirard Social Housing is Christ & Gantenbein’s new housing project in the 15th arrondissement of Paris.

The project represents a unique blend of urban complexity and high quality living comfort, proposing an innovative model of social housing. Built on a former metro maintenance workshop, it creates an environment that integrates the spaces of an infrastructure with the more domestic spaces of a residence. This special and specific environment brings new quality of life, better accessibility and a sense of community to the expanding neighbourhood.

As the architects themselves write: “This is not an iconic new piece of architecture. Quite the contrary; we strove for compactness and rationality, dignity, and generosity. We created an environmentally, socially, and communally responsible building designed to do two simple things: increase the quality of life of its tenants and repair the urban fabric in a simple, modest, yet robust and high-quality new building in Paris”.

The building, designed in collaboration with Margot-Duclot Architects, offers a variety of accommodation to meet different needs and improve living standards.

The long façade, in continuity with the Parisian curtain wall, is characterised by a succession of volumes with setbacks and loggias, emphasising the rigour and richness of the typology.

The Vaugirard Social Housing is an architecture that promotes community in a sustainable way and integrates urban diversity.

Photo credits

1 – Florent Michel
2 – Walter Mair
3 – Walter Mair
4 – Florent Michel
5 – Walter Mair

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