PARIS (FR) - Atelier du Pont's discreet social housing project is characterized by its thermal performance and natural elegance.
This small social housing building, which has the look of a large artist's studio, is the first project to be developed under the Paris 'Climate Plan'. It clearly sets out to charm visitors to this quiet side street, while simultaneously demonstrating how thermal efficiency can be achieved in an elegant setting. The building, which stands in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, close to the Père Lachaise cemetery, entirely fills its small, 250 m2 plot. It has a floor area of 658 m2 and contains eight apartments, two on each level.
Philippe Croisier, one of the architects who designed the project (along with Anne-Cécile Comar and Stéphane Pertisier from the Atelier du Pont, which is in turn a member of the PLAN01 collective), describes its style as subtle charm. 'We treated this building as a small treasure, with the cornice line mirroring that of the local artists' studios, with glass cladding on the street frontage and wood on the garden side at the rear.' The facade creates a link between the two adjacent buildings, which represent the old and the contemporary.
The entire project, which is highly compact, is insulated on the outside. The energy performance of the collective gas heating system, with its condensing boiler and use of renewable energies by means of photovoltaic roof panels, made it possible to fulfil the requirements of the city's 'Climate Plan' (annual consumption below 50 kWh/m2). The use of a single material across the entire facade is in keeping with sustainable development and keeps the building compact. The use of glass on the facade and the design as a whole maximize natural light in both the private and shared areas of the dwellings. 'This environmental strategy has fuelled the architectural debate focusing on ease of use, construction methods and durable materials. Clients, architects, design offices and companies are now all working together to make a complex range of decisions,' Croisier concludes.