An urban sculpture in one of the largest squares in eastern Paris. A new residential and commercial development with both privately owned and government-subsidised social housing – comfortable, sustainable and energy efficient – was to be built in the centre of the Place Félix Eboué.
Studio Name: Baumschlager Eberle Architekten
Design team: Baumschlager Eberle Architekten, Paris office
Area: 9,250 m²
Year: 2021 (=completion)
Location: 4, Place Félix Eboué, Paris
Photographer Credit: Luc Boegly, Cyrille Weiner
The primary remit in architectural terms was to broker the space between its two, very different neighbouring structures.
The design proposes an urban sculpture comprising several buildings with distinct upper floors arranged around a clearly emerging central space – the garden. The individual structures bear the same signature and follow the same concept to create a single coherent whole: haute couture.
It successfully creates a link between the neighbouring buildings thanks to the clever handling of the height difference and the shape of the façade, which picks up subtly on the design language of both structures. With its design and form the development both melds into the surrounding cityscape and gives the Place Félix Eboué a new and striking silhouette and landmark status.