The facade on the boulevard de la Villette, with encumbered with more important acoustical constraints than the rest of the block, is in concrete insulated from the exterior, whereas the facade overlooking the calmer core of the block is comprised of a wood frame. The treatment of the facades was designed to reflect these two distinct ambiances. On the boulevard de la Villette side, the building’s smooth facade contrasts with adjacent facades. The desire to develop a harmonious relation with the other facades led the architects to borrow formal elements from them for a reinterpretation. This facade, a composition of a smooth image completely free of any ornament, takes advantage of the seasonal changes of the trees lining the boulevard, forming a backdrop for the constantly changing shadows, density of reflections and colors.
The volumetry of the inner courtyard side is on the scale of a house, in a world protected from the agitation on the boulevard. The facade of the upper floors is in wood, a warm and natural material, which, in the context of the view of the planted terraces, offers a comforting and pleasant vision to the building’s occupants.
73 boulevard de la Villette, Paris
Program: social housing and mother and child welfare center
Architects: inSpace Architecture
Engineer consultant: Igrec Ingénierie / TRIBU HQE
Cost: 2,5M€ before tax
Area: 1400 sqm
Completion: November 2015