The transformation of the Parisian metropolis today is in part a matter of recovering and urbanizing former railroad locations.
This is true for the Clichy-Batignolles quarter that was long left abandoned although occupied by railroad tracks and warehouses.
Now served by a new metro line, the project for this new neighborhood is implementing a mixed-use and services brief, e.g. a law-court complex, parks, schools, movie-theaters, offices and housing.
Our project is located along a jumble of railroad tracks and over a tunnel. This fact was a determining factor in our choice of metal for the structure and for making the volumes meandering. The design’s form thus contains three “compartments” that open onto a rich and varied landscape with, in the center, a monumental, walkthrough lobby.
In a metaphorical nod to the railways tracks, the outer walls are covered by alternating horizontal lines of glass and solid aprons. These terracotta ribbons with vertical grooves are dark and shiny in color with the irregular depth of the material recalling works by Soulages. The tiering of these strata form richly landscaped terraces and balconies.