Dock D3

Saint-Ouen, France
Designer: Brenac & Gonzalez & Associés
Contributed by: Brenac-Gonzalez-Associes

A former industrial site, the Saint-Ouen docks have become an exceptional location, residing on the banks of the Seine and revolving around a 30-acre garden. After consultation, the agency was given the task of the urban and architectural co-ordination of a big block of land, engaging 3 different architects while it was assigned the specific task of studying a housing brief.
The different projects were amalgamated in order to create a genuine, mixed harmony of architectures and volumes. Two thin, 11-storey buildings rise over the garden front. Despite their varying plasticities they are linked to each other by a common base. Their separation has made it possible to give dwellings located behind the front a similar view of the gardens.
The first is in stone and metallic gray and exudes a particularly expressionistic architecture made of jutting triangular balconies. The second is more crystal-like with its slightly golden, double-glass envelope that covers the continuous balconies.

Rue des Bateliers 12-12bis
93400 Saint-Ouen
Source: MIMOA


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