Functioning as one single building and offering social housing and home ownership opportunities, the project links the strict rigidity of the Avenue de France, the railway landscape, the entrance to the Ivry suburb and finally the transition from a linear city to a vertical one.

ZAC Masséna, France / Hamonic+Masson & Associés and Comte Vollenweider
Photograph © Takuji Shimmura

The terraces spiral upwards, catching the light at every angle, adding to the allure of this tiered tower, whilst leaving an impression of progressive transformation. The performance resides in the fact that there is no feeling of repetition throughout this structure of 200 homes. The apartments are stacked on top of one another, but each has its own strong, unique identity.

ZAC Masséna, France / Hamonic+Masson & Associés and Comte Vollenweider
Photograph © Takuji Shimmura

Many people aspire to live in suburban style, individual housing. There are many reasons for this, but in particular being able to create a true identity for one’s own home. Secondly there’s appeal of eating outside, having direct contact with the outdoors from the comfort of your own house, all whilst owning ones own land. These desires must be integrated in to the scale of the apartments in a collective building. We have responded to this search for individual identity, ownership and differentiation by creating multiple exterior spaces and apartments with various, differing typologies within the collective.

ZAC Masséna, France / Hamonic+Masson & Associés and Comte Vollenweider
Photograph © Takuji Shimmura

Living up high gives a sense of privilege: the view, the light and the sunshine… Some say they “have their head in the clouds.” Being in the city whilst also being able to shut oneself off and see the land below and the horizon: living here is like getting away from it all.

The HOME project will be complete at the beginning of 2015 and will be the first housing operation of 50 metres to be built in Paris since the 1970s. It is symbolic of a willingness to reconsider the possibility and the potential of height in Paris.

Project Details:

Location: Paris XIII, France
Type: ResidentialHousing
Area: 13 750 m2
Client: Bouygues immobilier
Architect: Hamonic + Masson & Associés
Associate architect: Comte Vollenweider
Engineering and quantity surveying : Sibat
Urban planner : Ateliers Yves Lion

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