The goal of this project was to design a mixed-use apartment building to accommodate the needs of local students in Paris, France. A rail line is located on the eastern edge of the site, while a river runs along the north side. The Third Floor Plan shows a connecting bridge system that strings together the two splitting bodies of the building. This floor contains all the necessities of student life; including a cafe, gym, theater, studios, and access to the rail line.
As the building splits in two, it creates this central courtyard where the section is taking place. The walls within the courtyard are made of wood to create a more natural and interior experience. The walls along the outward facing facades are made of concrete and act as the shell of the building. The first floor is all commercial space. The third floor is taller than the rest because this is where the bridge provides a connective and constructive ribbing between the two bodies.
Two additional perspectives were fundamental to the project. One depicts the overhanging cafe that faces the river, and the other contains the interior courtyard, with an amphitheater.
The final requirement of the design project was to create a wooden, scale model of the proposed project and the surrounding area. The model was constructed from both hand and laser cut pieces. The model shows how the two separate bodies of the building are connected to form one project.
Third Floor Plan
Interior Courtyard Perspective
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