The Austerlitz neighborhood is situated in the southern part of the vast urban redevelopment zone “Paris Rive Gauche.” In coherence with the goals of the master plan, CAAU’s approach to this project proposes to re-establish a relationship between nature and the urban landscape, reimagining the site as a refreshing and convivial environment. The project creates architectural events and encourages an environment of exchange and encounters, both intentional and spontaneous.
The division of the building in horizontal bands sequenced with solids and voids interrupts the monotony of the repetitive office buildings and maximizes the amount of natural light. This concept highlights the balconies, terraces and suspended gardens, which are the key to a re-vegetalized urban space, benefitting the whole neighborhood.
Another unique aspect of the design is the choice to place one of the security stairs along the façade. This space that is normally lost in the core of the building becomes an exterior promenade or “belvedere,” providing relaxation areas, interaction between departments, and opportunities for spontaneous interaction.
The material choices are one of the major factors in the visual quality of the project. The use of glass brings additional daylight and transparency while the white metal bands of each floor slab provide purity and softness. In this way the project releases a deep serenity and subtly distinguishes itself in this transforming neighborhood.