Housing and gallery on Bastille Place
by [BP] Architectures

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Housing and gallery on Bastille Place by Plan01

This apartment block with a pleated facade of golden aluminium by French studio [BP] Architectures faces the Place de la Bastille, Paris.

Housing and gallery on Bastille Place by Plan01

When opened, shutters reveal pink, mauve and orange framed windows for the fifteen social housing apartments contained within.

Housing and gallery on Bastille Place by Plan01

A gallery occupies the fully-glazed ground floor, which is screened behind zig-zagging concrete columns.

Housing and gallery on Bastille Place by Plan01

Photography is by Sergio Grazia.

Housing and gallery on Bastille Place by Plan01

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Housing and gallery on Bastille Place by Plan01

The following details are from Plan01:


14 social housing + Gallery Jacques Henri Lartigues on Bastille Place, Paris

Haute Couture
Is there an architect who has not dreamed of designing a building for the Biscornet site, which lay abandoned for so long? Its location is truly spectacular: slightly set back from the Place de la Bastille, it lies where the rue de Lyon and the road running along the canal basin meet; on one side you have a perspective towards the Gare de Lyon, on the other a view of the Bassin de l'Arsenal.

Housing and gallery on Bastille Place by Plan01

Looking at the building that now stands here, one has to admit that the architectural response provided by BP fits like a made-to-measure suit: itís a hand-stitched design that oozes a very Parisian form of elegance.

Housing and gallery on Bastille Place by Plan01

Making best use of the trapezoid shape of the plot, the building abuts onto the neighbouring building then gradually tapers forward; it has a graceful, vertical outline. The side blocks are clad in golden aluminium panels whose distortions give the facades an angular relief that plays with the light.

Housing and gallery on Bastille Place by Plan01

When all the window shutters are closed, the continuity and unity of the material are entire; when the residents open them, the vivid colours of the windowframes appear, like an exuberant lining alternating flashes of pink, mauve and orange.

Housing and gallery on Bastille Place by Plan01

The pleated vertical metal panels on the facades continue upwards to form the ëhoodí of the roof, giving the design a strong sense of coherence.

Housing and gallery on Bastille Place by Plan01

The Lartigue Foundation gallery is on the ground floor, and this change of use facilitates interruption and differenciation: here, the metal stops. The cut is sharply done, and the hem, also pleated, turns inwards to line the inside surface. This contrast is underlined by transparency, and by a concrete structure whose zig-zag shape subtly connects the ground with the pleated surface above.

Housing and gallery on Bastille Place by Plan01

The building is highly responsive to changes in the light; the metallic character of the materials combined with its surface variations reinforces the interplay of contrasts and transforms perceptions of its colour. The aluminium facades can turn from mustard yellow to glittering gold in just a few seconds.

Housing and gallery on Bastille Place by Plan01

Although there are only about fifteen flats in the building, the loggias of the eight duplex apartments are behind glass Venetian blinds that form a coninuous, abstract vertical screen. This reflective filter running the entire height of the building is like a ship's prow. The random angles of the slits capture fragmented reflections, fleeting images of the constantly moving, ever-changing spectacle of our irreplaceable and historic Place de la Bastille.

Housing and gallery on Bastille Place by Plan01

Architects: [BP] Architectures
Jean Bocabeille and Ignacio Prego
members of the architects' collective Plan01

Housing and gallery on Bastille Place by Plan01

Projectís Team
BP ARCHITECTURES ñ architects
BECT ñ Ingeniering
Client: MinistËre de la Culture / SAGI – SNI

Housing and gallery on Bastille Place by Plan01

Program
14 social housing units + Gallery Jacques-Henri Lartigue (RDC et R-1)
Location: 75 rue de Lyon - 52 bd de la Bastille 75012 Paris
Delivery of the housings: March 2011
Delivery of the gallery: September 2011
Area: 1 609 sqm shon
Cost: 3.2 M ÄHT
Entreprises
FARC / GROS åUVRE + SECOND OEUVRE
SHMM / FACADES

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  • mcmlxix

    When I saw the photo on the main page, I didn’t want to like it. Especially due to the shutter thing, which seems to be the new trend. But I think the building is contextual without being derivative. I think that the raising of the building is successful, the main façade is both proud yet minimal, and the interior spaces complex.

  • http://www.thedisgruntledarchitect.wordpress.com thedisgruntledarchitect

    Very fun pops of color, I think it adds substantially to the quality of the city block by adding something that is modern without being detracting of the historic value. it captures the energy of the urbanscape and the train tracks. Very cool.

  • stefan

    the photos look good but that's all. I live 200m from this building and followed it's evolution for some time:
    1. the buildings facade is not yet finished (good old Photoshop), after almost 5 years of works. they have a big problem with the contractor.
    2. the "golden" aluminium is extremely matte and dull, the reality looks totally different from what we see here on Dezeen. Almost all the materials on this building look awful.
    3. the glass facade is the only thing that looks ok in "real life"
    4. the apartments are quite nice, but wait until everyone inside starts putting on curtains because of the transparency of the facade.

  • alex

    i live in paris … i pass by it each day … this is 'la bastille' central place!!!!! and this project is just another mixed 'thing' from such a non-expresive french studio that will 'live' till the trendy issue passes by, lets say 5 years time max… sorry but it doesn't deserve to be where it is, or lets say this position, this space, demands more!. not even to mention the way they got the possibility to do it, but thats another issue now !
    there is a positive thing though_its near the opera house_so they kinda go well with each other :)

  • Angry neighbor

    Ahahah !!! Kind of funny … I live next to this building : the work is not over yet !!! Thank you photoshop for this nice pictures that doesn't look at all like the mess the building actually is…

  • dude

    i saw the building by chance the other day and was pretty shocked. I am not suggesting that there is no place for modernism in paris but please, this this is an ugly misfit in its context. It screams out loud instead of being elegant. It must be the first project of a 'young' office.

  • http://www.354.be M@D

    I was in Paris two weeks ago and i saw this building.Before seeing it on this blog i thought it was from the nineties because its's alredy very dirty and some parts are breaking down. Looks nice in pictures but in real the details are really poor…

  • teep

    why is nobody using solar panel based exterior design and who wants to open their windows in a city center with that much traffic.
    i am not an architect but i don't believe that these front windows have a good sound proof factor nor do they seem to have a state of the art k-value for energy efficiency…

  • Redfern

    Nothing screams 'social housing' more than a smattering of coloured panels on the facade… Why do architects always do this? Is it some kind of universal language?

  • huh?

    I feel left out. Am I the only person who hasn't seen this building in the flesh yet? I'm booking tickets to Paris right now…

  • teigan

    i lived in paris, and agree this building is saying "look at me" too much. i do like the colours though and don't think that's what is clashing with the neighbourhood

  • http://www.camboya.ws Guille

    I've been in La Bastille last year and I saw this one being built… Yeah it's modern and have some cute elements… but it's trendy and I would change it for a good old classic french building anyday. This will look so outdated in 10 or 15 years, just like the "futuristic" buildings made in the 70s.

  • Greenish

    Ok is it just me who's a bit annoyed that Dezeen didn't make it more clear that these images have been 'shopped? Come on… if it's still being built, just WAIT and show it to us in it's real state, when it's done. This isn't a finished project, so let us see it when it is.

  • Alfie

    The layout of the one bedroom unit aoubnd the lift and spiral stairs is fairly poor. But hey, these are social units in a prime location in Paris, not sure if other cities would have the confidence to put social units in such a prestigeous location.

  • st.st.

    ahm…am I the only one who kind of likes this building? the combination of shutters which make an "monolithic" facade combined with colourful windows. and the floorplans are actually not bad, it's still social housing [on such a place in paris? wow...I thought there is only banlieau for social housing...;)].
    I admit I havent been to Paris the past 5 years so I can judge only from the pictures, and I cant see that/if they are shopped…