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Flat Copper, Paris, France

Flat Copper, Paris, crédits photo : Takuji Shimmura, Badia Berger Architectes

Inspired by the Flatiron Building in New York, Badia Berger architects designed an unusual building, housing 86 apartments together with some shops. Located in a fast changing neighborhood of northeast Paris, the building offers a privileged lifestyle to residents.

At the intersection of MacDonald boulevard at the Saint-Denis canal and the rail tracks of the East Station, the Flat Copper building signals the intersection of systems and routes, thanks to its angular shape and its copper facade which is visible from afar.

The colour of the cladding will evolve over time: it will pass from the gold, when newly installed, to a darker yellow, encouraging observers to consider the precious metal. Designed with an alloy of copper and aluminum (aluminum bronze) oxidation resistant, the facade will reflect the light and will also be reflected in the canal for very long.

The facades to the southeast and southwest are characterized by external extensions for dynamic geometry, unified by the ‘greening’ of walls and spaces: planters installed on balconies, climbing and trailing plants colonizing metal structures. In addition, all the dwellings benefit from having views in 2 to 3 directions, with a view into the distance along the boulevard looking north, gardens to the south and the canal to the west.

This cocoon made from copper alloy and plant-life offers residents a peaceful living space, quiet and serene in the heart of the urban space.

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Building

Completion date: 
2015
Country: 
France
Zip code: 
75019
City: 
Paris
Street: 
115 boulevard Macdonald
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Facades/cassettes
Facades/fascia
Facades/panels
Facades/shingle
Type of building: 
Commercial, trading
Residential
Copper used: 
Golden alloy
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
Badia Berger Architectes
Address & description: 
14 rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris, France. L’agence réalise des programmes dans des situations urbaines pouvant être extrêmement contraignantes, elle s’attache à trouver des résolutions ouvertes, flexibles, qui engagent la contemporanéité de ses travaux.

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