Facing Jussieu University, taking the place of an iconic neighborhood garage, the project remains true to the image of the latter – the idea is a harmonious balance between contemporary architecture and the working-class Paris register. It allows a smooth transition from the garage to the surrounding housing to maintain the spirit of the site.
For this purpose, the entire building is designed as a whole, with no distinction between the three housing programs. The courtyards are rounded, unlike traditional Paris courtyards, thus becoming an atypical place, a protective and sensual environment embellished with circular garden balconies.
In reference to classic Parisian architecture, the openings are arranged vertically. A random set of extruded volumes creates a break with this traditional reading, expressing a more garage-like horizontality. Very contemporary, treated as a monolith, the building is covered with white molded concrete resembling Parisian limestone.
At the building’s prow, the gable end is made to stand out from the street facades by a less restrained treatment: veined anodized aluminum, “Champagne” colored. It reflects the light and the environment, marking the difference between two worlds, a familiar public space and a building’s private courtyard, its activity inaccessible to passersby.