Advanced Design - Paris Studio Fall 2016
Located in the 19th Arrondissement of Paris between the Boulevard Peripherique and Rue Ella Fitzgerald just north of the Parc de la Villette, the project site exists in the corner of where Paris becomes Pantin. Through site analysis it became evident that there existed a large void of housing in both the surrounding horizontal and vertical density. This realization led the project team to pursue the design of a tower, something that could fill the void and provide Paris with a new, modern monument to add to its collection of already famous and historical architecture. Analysis of how these aforementioned Paris monuments function in the public realm as well as how physically large they are led to design decisions of what a monument is and how best to create one within the site. A single, vertical tower was created in the furthest North East corner of the site with two axis leading the public from the primary cirulation points, effectively creating a single L along which all of our intervention was designed. The tower itself was designed with the intent of creating a vertical city, in which both housing, public amenities, commercial stores as well as public galleries could all exist in cohesion. The primary public and private sections of the tower were designed to be visually separate from one another, however, all public spaces can be accessed from both a primary core of circulation in the center of the tower as well as through a secondary form of circulation that connects only the public spaces from the ground floor all the way to the top. The facade of the tower was designed to be a system of shading panels that could be fully controlled by each individual residence within the tower.