Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Macro LOT AA in Paris, France by STUDIONINEDOTS
July 28th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: STUDIONINEDOTS
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By invitation of Nexity /SAEM, STUDIONINEDOTS designed for macro LOT AA in Paris an icon for life: a recognisable residential building with a luxurious appearance where, by making a smart intervention, all residents can enjoy the great qualities of the site.
Macro LOT AA is located in Rive de Billancourt in Paris, bordering the Seine. The plot is situated at the junction of the main elements of the urban plan: the old city, the new district, the Seine and Parc de Billancourt. The area of 72 hectares, located on the old site of the Renault factory, will be given a new identity. High quality architecture, valuable landscape and respect for the environment will be merged in a contemporary way. About 15,000 people will live and work here in the future. The commercial tower C1 by Jean Nouvel, the planned office tower D5 and the residential building macro LOT AA will be the three icons of Le Trapeze.
The residential building of 16,600 m2 SHON that STUDIONINEDOTS designed for this location consists of 180 apartments, a residential care facility for people with a locked-in syndrome, commercial space and a parking garage. Part of the facade is folded inward, creating a framed, quiet courtyard. By lifting this courtyard, one has fantastic views over the park and the Seine from this spot. To connect the courtyard with the surrounding semi-public space the volume is cut out at three places. The roof is used as a continuous landscape and locates the most exclusive apartments. These dwellings, and the dwellings in the elevated volume, have views over Parc de Billancourt, the Seine and a panoramic view to the Eiffel Tower at the same time. In this way the potential of the site is fully exploited. Because of the used materials and the eye for detail, the building gets the allure and richness of experience that fits a city like Paris.
Studioninedots was established by Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Arie van der Neut and Metin van Zijl in 2010 in Amsterdam. It is an international operating office with an architectural playing field ranging from designing a chair to developing a city. Studioninedots sees architecture as a reflection of contemporary urban culture which touches upon trends, movements, cultures, conflict, diversity, change, interaction, surprise, opportunities, threats, density, ecology and complexity. In its architecture and urban design the office integrates urban processes to get resourceful answers to current design queries.
The correlation between knowledge and creativity is the strength of the office. The inception of the design process is uncovering the essence of assignment. By making the project tangible, space is created for new ways of thinking, for influences outside architecture or urbanism, and to think and work interdisciplinary.
Due to extensive experience the office is able to flawlessly get progressive ideas and designs into a realistic framework, in close collaboration with the client. Thus complex designs can be fast and effectively turned into reality.
Studioninedots designs sophisticated projects that define themselves through an apparent simplicity and a richness of experience. It creates buildings that express a constant sensory perception between recognition and surprise. By re-arranging the common-placed urban elements, buildings and plans are created that embody urban processes, giving them an agility to move with the dynamics of the city and therefore stay meaningful in a constant changing environment.