Perimeter block, infill
Quai de Seine/ rue Flandre
Goube, Hervé | Paris, France | 1995
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Quai de Seine Facade

ProjectQuai de Seine/ rue Flandre
ArchitectGoube, Hervé
Address13 Quai de Seine/rue de Flandre, (19th)
Building TypePerimeter block, infill
Number of Dwellings24
Date Built1995
Dwelling Types1,2 & 3 BR flats, 3 BR maisonettes
No. Floors8-9
Section Typeflats and maisonettes
Exterior Finish
stone, glass, metal
Construction TypeRC frame
Ancillary Services3 shops, underground parking for 35 cars

This infill project is located on a very prominent site that faces both sides of a narrow triangular block along the Villette Basin, not far from Ledoux's Rotunda. The waterfront blocks along the canal benefit enormously from the general redevelopment work to this end of the Basin in the past several years that includes new waterfront public buildings and extensive new landscaping. The site includes frontage on Quai de Seine as well as rue Flandre, two streets that merge at an angle at the edge of Place de Stalingrad. The new 9-story building along the Quai aligns with the height of existing buildings while the second building is placed at an oblique angle that aligns with the lower 8-story height of buildings facing rue de Flandre. The two buildings, each of which has a 20 meter wide site, are connected together at the lower floors, defining a small interior courtyard while the upper floors are expressed as two independent narrow slabs, with prominent facades facing each street.

The Quai de Seine façade is 9-stories high, completely symmetrical, and is carefully organized to respond to horizontal zones, heights and details of buildings to either side. The bottom four floors are expressed as a dense stone wall with small, recessed windows that pick up the scale and rhythm of the adjacent facades. Above this level the wall transforms to a dark glass curtain wall that steps back above the 7th floor in response to the roof zone. Other horizontal details in this glass wall align with detail divisions of the neighbor buildings. Shops and a row of larger windows at the bottom two floors continue the articulated base of other buildings along the street. The terraced maisonettes in the upper floors correspond to the zone of the roofs of the Haussmannian code. Views from these expansively glazed apartments across the Villette Basin and the Butte Chaumont in the distance are some of the finest in Paris. The façade along rue de Flandre is also symmetrical, now dominated by a slightly concave wall above the 5th floor. The horizontal division at the top of the 5th floor and the use of the dense white stone in the lower walls corresponds to the division of the Quai de Seine façade. Instead of the expansive wall of glass, however, the upper wall here consists of two narrow vertical zones of windows. Like the Quai de Seine slab, maisonettes occupy the upper floors.

The plans are organized as two connected but separate point access buildings each with a central elevator and stair core and several apartments per floor. The building mass steps to the interior courtyard with a series of roof terraces and balconies overlooking a very minimalist paved space. The large casement windows arranged in horizontal bands provide lots of natural light on the courtyard side. The exterior facades are clad with white stone that changes to black metal frames on the glass panels in the upper floors.

Techniques et Architecture, May, 1996, pp. 39-41.

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