PARIS – About a kilometre south-west from Paris’ Boulevard Périphérique, on the left bank of the Seine, a new building complex designed by Pietri Architectes combines a sustainable way of building with expressive and generous loggias.
The ensemble comprises two discrete parts: a 175-room hotel with a smooth façade and freely distributed windows, and two squat tower blocks containing 69 dwellings of varying size and disposition. In order to conform to local building codes, the complex needed to avoid thermal bridges within the façade while remaining well insulated. This presented the architects with a problem: keeping their priority of providing the inhabitants with private outside spaces.
Instead of devising elaborate technical details, the architects opted for a more structurally elegant solution: stacking a series of staggered loggias on top of one another, each accessed directly from an adjacent apartment. The steel-frame, zinc-clad balconies refer to the typical Parisian roofscape, doubling as an acoustic buffer and windbreak. Their unique orientations help to best capture daylight and sun.