Chartier-Corbasson's forged façade adds a fresh face to a traditional street

85 Championnet by Chartier-Corbasson. Photos Romain Meffre / Yves Marchand

PARIS – The residences on Rue Championnet were built during the Haussmann era of the mid-19th century, with each structure mimicking the appearance of the next. The overall effect is a continuous row of more-or-less identical buildings that creates an ongoing stone façade running the length of the street. The empty plot at number 85 was an unconventional shape and local firm Chartier-Corbasson was unable to recreate an old-style apartment building to fill the gap.

As an artistic solution to the situation – and adding a modern twist to the historical street – the firm fabricated a façade from perforated aluminium Trespa panels onto which an imitation of the neighbouring buildings was printed, replicated from a photograph of the house next door.

‘It was a matter of continuing the alignment of the Haussmannian elevations on the Rue Championnet as far as the eye can see,’ says the architect. Behind the forged façade, the residential building comprises twelve modern apartments. The functional arrangement of the units is fairly standard and the interior fit-out is minimal but tasteful but for 85 Rue Championnet, it really is the street-facing elevation that generates the visual interest with its unusual take on the traditional styling of the stone exterior.

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