The agency Axel Schoenert architectes answered the call for projects Réinventer Paris launched in fall 2014 by the City of Paris.
The dependence on the city center is now out of date. People and goods don’t only go from the suburbs to the city and vice versa, the patterns they follow are more complex. There is more and more shifting within the suburbs and between districts. It is with this perspective that the site Clichy-Batignolles, located next to the Northern part of Paris ring road and to one of the current city gate, should serve as a connection between the city and Clichy, and merge two districts with a connecting element. The area is developing and needs new ideas to evolve. The metro line 14 and the tram line should soon reach this part of the city, the Paris Regional Court is being built… An element from which the district could expand should be created, as a social symbol for the city, an interactive area, an economic driving force, but also as a place where generations could meet.
This building is designed as an energy-plus-house: the power is transferred between the different complementary sections of the building. Various measures are implemented, such as reuse of the heat emitted by the metro, solar and alga panels on the facade.
Part of the project would be to create a « generations building » where a mixed use program would be developed. Half of the area would be devoted to students accommodations and to senior housing, and the other half would be offices. On the roof, there would be vegetable gardens and greenhouses, where users could meet, exchange, but also produce. A zone inside the building would be dedicated to fish breeding. All these products could be consumed on the roof. On the ground floor of the complex, businesses would also sell these products made form aquaponics. The architectural arrangement of the complex links the activities, and brings generations closer thanks to exchange and sharing. Workshops would be set up to pool knowledge. The elderly would stay busy and socially active by integrating their housing into a dynamic complex and by assigning them a task. This arrangement would help against social exclusion of the elderly and bring this kind of housing into a new environment.
An intergenerational campus in a self-sufficient building: Generation +