PARIS (FR) - Last autumn, Atelier Mosca completed 31 student apartments and two commercial units in Paris for the Société immobilière d'économie mixte de la Ville de Paris, a housing corporation.
The layout of the project, which consists of six volumes, is governed by the axis of the existing entrance in the Rue Philippe-de-Girard. This axis has slightly been realigned to enable deeper south-facing apartments. The project is based on a concrete structure with infills of glass and wood. The lower buildings are roofed with zinc. The ground floor has additional panels of textured red concrete.
To retain an urban feel in the passage, the architects used typical Parisian materials: the passage is bordered with granite cobbles and a strip of asphalt runs down the centre, merging seamlessly with the roads at either end. Overhead floodlights provide ample lighting inside. The fencing ensures optimum transparency and opens fully at either end of the passageway to accommodate traffic during the day.
In addition to the architecture, Atelier Mosca has designed for each student unit integral pieces of furniture made of veneered multi-ply birch laminate: a desk, shelves, a bed with storage underneath and a bedside table.