10/13/2011

News: Farshid Moussavi Architecture to design Housing for Les Jardins de l'Arche, La Defense, Paris, France

Farshid Moussavi Architecture just announced to have won Housing for Les Jardins de l'Arche Competition.
Housing for Les Jardins de l'Arche, La Défense, France © Farshid Moussavi Architecture

The 11,430 square-meter building design explores various questions such as the articulation of programms — shops, residencial units and student accommodations—, site conditions, to quote but a few. The ground floor will host shops. The three first floors will be dedicated to student accommodations; and the residential units will occupy the other floors, that is: 7,500 square-meter of residential units, 2,930 square-meter of student accommodation and 1,000 square-meter of retail space.
Housing for Les Jardins de l'Arche © Farshid Moussavi Architecture

The building will be implanted in Les Jardins de l'Arche site, a site situated near La Defense in the East, les Groues and le Faubourg de l'Arche in the North, le Parc André Malraux in the South, les Terrasses that links the area to the Seine river in the West.
Les Jardins de L'Arche Site. Rendering originally appeared on La Defense Seine Arche.
The îlot 19 (or Block no 19) will be occupied by Farshid Moussavi Architecture's
Housing.
It is part of a large urban renewal project that include La Defense and Les Terrasses de Nanterre as well as the new Arena Stadium and a Hotel.
Housing for Les Jardins de l'Arche © Farshid Moussavi Architecture
Another aspect of this project is the building on its own, say, its design. Floors, all rectangular in form, will be each slightly rotated by two degrees from the one below.
Housing for Les Jardins de l'Arche © Farshid Moussavi Architecture
This strategy, indeed, will facilitate the integration of balconies so that residents will profit from the spectacular external views. The balconies aside, this strategy allows for natural light in some parts and shade in other parts.
Housing for Les Jardins de l'Arche © Farshid Moussavi Architecture
A question that poses this building design concerns the programmatic articulation that is treated vertically, such as layers.
Housing for Les Jardins de l'Arche © Farshid Moussavi Architecture
Conceived first for the residents, each program coexists easily with the other one. Hence the rotation of the floors?
Housing for Les Jardins de l'Arche © Farshid Moussavi Architecture
The construction is announced to be completed by 2014

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