Student Housing by Atelier Phileas
The sustainable city is the challenge of the Paris City. This new ZAC (urban development zone)in Cardinet-Chalabre, illustrates the level of ambition to create a large sustainable neighbourhood in the heart of the French capital. The developed programme (nursery and primary school + 152 student housing units + kitchen) calls for an architectural expression that asserts both its uniqueness and its essential unity. Atelier Phileas designed 5 discontinuous volumes on different levels which like landings simultaneously provide structure and communicate calm. Lower down the school and leisure centre functions are on two tributaries separated by the yard and connected by a walkway. Above the two sets of student housing: a low-rise building to the North West which is not intimidated by the imposing stature of the Ibis hotel behind it and the small tower in the corner angle that is visible from all sides.