Bagneux, France | May 20, 2020
In the South of Paris, the Victor Hugo Eco District was born from the dynamic driven by The Grand Paris Express involving the creation of 200 km new metro lines and 68 stations set to link the various areas of Metropolitan Paris.
Near the new Bagneux Station, the project occupies a strategic position.
Located at the junction of the Victor Hugo ZAC and the Pierre Plate district, the lot G3 site occupies a strategic position on a site scale.
This location defines the main challenge of its development: to guarantee a natural and efficient link between the future Greater Paris station centre and these new districts.
The project thus offers the opportunity to bring together parts of the city that are now separate.
In addition to this desire to connect all the adjoining parts of the plot, there is the idea of proposing a strong architectural signal at the head of the block, which fully participates in a rotational movement between the major urban axes.
To achieve this, the architects opened up a perspective through the very thickness of the block, which leads from the exit of the station to the Pierre Plate district.
The unit tower has the status of a landmark of this entrance to the city, anchored to the ground but closely complementary to the rest of the lot to which it is linked by a glass footbridge.
The two towers at the northeast ends of the plot are each specifically treated, with a set of random horizontal strata for one, and a mantilla cut by a vertical fault for the other.
This variety gives a strong identity to each home.
It offers multiple and generous outdoor spaces that respond to this quest for appropriation and differentiation in the collective.
The composition of the block creates a ventilated Skyline, it provides many visual openings, essential porosities to the quality of lighting and views of the homes.
The implementation of many forms of greening in the project completes this system and allows for green continuity, promoting the development of biodiversity. (Shared gardens, green terraces, patio.)
The project thus develops new urban writings; its landscape treatment accompanies and underlines the building with which it interacts.
The project will total 27,600 sqm and will be delivered in 2023.
The main challenge in its development has therefore been as much a reflection on its urban, architectural and sustainable functions as a reflection on the mix of activities it hosts (348 dwellings, cultural, medical, business, leisure facilities) to create a “whole” rich of its various components.
To achieve this, we have opened a perspective through the thickness of the block creating a natural and efficient link between the new station and the existing neighboring districts.
On its South, the “Ba” tower rises from the ground, becoming a landmark of the city entrance.
Linked by a glass footpath on the side to the common basement houses that hosts in a 4 m glass wall the various activities.
On this base, careful work on tiered planted terraces takes to the two other housing towers at the north and east ends.
These, each specifically treated by a set of random horizontal strata for one, by the wearing of a mantilla cut out of a vertical fault for the other, complete this game of contrasts and complementarity.
The composition creates a ventilated Skyline offering numerous visual openings and forms of vegetalization underlining the buildings and offering a green continuity guaranteeing biodiversity.