Site Lénine UDZ, Gentilly
Client EIFFAGE Aménagement
Architect Wilfrid Bellecour
Program Construction of 79 residential units + parking
Surface area 5 598 sq.m
Certification Environment quality HQE
Delivery 2015

The Extended plot

Responding to a pattern of successive and parallel sequences beginning at the Chaperon Vert buildings, the operation differs from the northern part of the ZAC by creating privacy and separation from both the existing and future neighbours. The project is thus fully accessible from l’avenue Lénine and also from the aqueduct.

Since the whole project is highly visible event at distance, Studio Bellecour designed a rich façade which is aesthetically pleasing whilst traveling along l’avenue Lénine, and also looking on at a distance from the aqueduct. The final design revolved around two defining principles: the first concentrating on the coherence and unity of the established urban composition; the second, taking advantage of the open aspect and its extensive views; adding value to the apartments by always positioning the living rooms facing outwards.

Instead of building two eight storey blocks in very close proximity, a standalone structure having a square courtyard at its centre, was implemented. The courtyard is overlooked solely by bedrooms, secondary rooms and circulation, providing the best possible solution given the restricted plot size and the need for privacy. The individual living rooms and kitchens are placed around the periphery of the building to take advantage of the light and views provided by the generous outdoor areas. All dwellings either span the building or benefit from a double orientation.