Passage de la Brie Housing
by Explorations Architecture

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Passage de la Brie Housing by Explorations Architecture

French studio Explorations Architecture have completed a social housing block beside one of the narrowest streets in Paris.

Passage de la Brie Housing by Explorations Architecture

The five-storey building provides eighteen apartments in a rundown neighbourhood in the centre of the city.

Passage de la Brie Housing by Explorations Architecture

Timber box-frame windows are staggered across a white stucco exterior to maximise natural light into each flat.

Passage de la Brie Housing by Explorations Architecture

Timber-lined balconies occupy recesses in the facade and overlook a shared courtyard.

Passage de la Brie Housing by Explorations Architecture

This is the second building by Explorations Architecture recently featured on Dezeen – see our earlier story about a sports hall with a curving timber roof that sags in the middle here.

Passage de la Brie Housing by Explorations Architecture

Photography is by Michel Denancé.

Passage de la Brie Housing by Explorations Architecture

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‘Passage de la Brie’ Housing by Explorations Architecture

Explorations architecture has just completed a high density social housing project in the ‘Passage de la brie’ in downtown historic Paris (19ème arrondissement).

Passage de la Brie Housing by Explorations Architecture

The Passage de la brie is one of the narrowest street in Paris (only 4m across).

Passage de la Brie Housing by Explorations Architecture

In 2005, Explorations won the competition to redevelop what had become a real slum in the middle of the City. It took 6 years to complete due to complex planning and construction issues.

Passage de la Brie Housing by Explorations Architecture

The scheme is a contemporary variation on the “immeuble parisien de faubourg” with its white stucco and timber windows. The windows seem randomly arranged in order to maximize views and lighting.

Passage de la Brie Housing by Explorations Architecture

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Design team: Explorations architecture + Integrale 4 engineers

Passage de la Brie Housing by Explorations Architecture

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Client: City of Paris (Siemp)

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Brief: 18 apartments

Passage de la Brie Housing by Explorations Architecture

Net Area: 2000 m²

Passage de la Brie Housing by Explorations Architecture

Cost: 3m €

Passage de la Brie Housing by Explorations Architecture

Timeframe: 2005-2011

  • jill

    I'll state the obvious and say it looks pretty good for social housing. The occupants might even think they're being cared for.

  • stefan

    very good architecture, but also a very good budget (1500/m2 for social architecture in Paris is quite good).
    middle of the City you say ?!?! a small precision is necesary, 19eme arrondissement is far far away from the "downtown historical center" of Paris. it has some very good neighbourhoods and some very bad but it's not even close to the center of the city.

    • Rozenn

      Ahahah …
      Distances in paris are not distances in NY or London …
      15 / 20 minutes with the subway from 19eme arrondissement to the Musée du Louvre, in the center of Paris … I don't think it's "far far away" …

  • elliot

    nice project. the interplay of stucco and wood would have been stronger w/o wood the picket rails.

  • http://twitter.com/Aisha_Al3ani @Aisha_Al3ani

    What I can say about this residential it's a suitable place to live in , Simple and functional , we can notice the apartments are square or rectangular . Also the exteriors look somehow attractive with those timber-lined frames and balconies with a white color which means to us : pure , clean .. beside the long wide windows which are allowed the light to come in .
    I can imagine myself living in one of these apartments ,l'm sure It will be comfortable.