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Zac de Lilas, Paris

Highlight in the urban jungle

Zac des Lilas in Paris, designed by the young architects from Chartier Dalix and Avenier & Cornejo Architectes illustrates what is possible in social housing construction. The building in Fance, which is visible from a distance, was clad with hand-made facing bricks and is equipped with wind power plants and sets a strong architectural example.

Zac des Lilas is located only just in the periphery, which is separated from Paris by the orbital motorway called Périphérique. The project posed a challenge in terms of urban planning for this metropolitan area, which is undergoing permanent change and continuously redefines its topography. The client, Régie Immobilière de la Ville de Paris (RIVP), is a public housing agency promoting the construction of social housing in the French metropolis and made strict specifications regarding the construction. The facility includes 240 flats for migrants and young workers as well as common facilities including a media library, a gym, a shared kitchen and a daycare centre for 66 children.

Zac de Lilas, Paris
Zac de Lilas, Paris

Perfect look

A homogeneous, anthracite-coloured skin envelops the entire building. This layer was made of hand-made facing bricks by Wienerberger, which bring an infinite variety of anthracite shades to the façade, and are in addition durable and easy-to-clean. Aiming to highlight the sensual, matt shimmering velour character of the brick, the architects clad the horizontal and vertical breaks in the façade with copper, which contrasts the dark brick.

Zac de Lilas, Paris

Wind power

Two wind power plants are installed on the rooftop. In European cities, this form of energy generation is in the experimental phase. The wind channel which Zac des Lilas is situated in assists in supplying the building with wind power. In the daytime, the two wind power plants supply the daycare centre, and in the evenings, the migrants’ residential home on the two top floors and the apartments for young workers, which are distributed over six levels. Chartier Dalix and Avenier Cornejo Architectes estimate the consumption at 25 kWh/m. 30 percent of the energy demand is generated with additional solar panels. Zac des Lilas combines functionality with elegance and aesthetics. And it is obviously worthwhile.

Facts
  • Project name
    Zac des Lilas in Paris, France
  • Architect
    Avenier Cornejo Architectes, Chartier, Dalix Architectes associés
  • Used products

    Terca Hectic reduced

Zac de Lilas, Paris

Façade bricks

Terca Hectic reduced