ZAC Masséna, Paris XIII
Home is the first high-rise housing building built in Paris since the 1970s.
There is therefore a great responsibility to spearhead a new approach to vertical housing in an urban environment. The debate on height in Paris is engaged between a backward-looking vision and the desire to move forward, to undertake, to re-examine our history as the breeding ground for new horizons.
It is therefore not a question of ignoring the past, of the mistakes made, but of looking at the original heritage in a questioning that reflects our times and carries values of sharing and optimism. Use yesterday to move forward today and embrace the future with ambition. The city of Paris remains a land of invention and carries within it the values of modernity.
It is above all a residential building.
The city is made up of 80% housing… it’s a bit like water for the human body. We must therefore put something exceptional into this 80%. The life and wealth of a city are its inhabitants. Today, many people aspire to live in individual, suburban-type housing. The reasons for this desire are multiple, but two parameters always come back: the first is that of the identity of one’s accommodation, one’s “home” and the second is being able to have lunch outside, having a direct relationship with the outside world. and own your own land. These desires must be integrated at the scale of the apartments in a collective building. It is by offering housing and outdoor spaces that are multiple and varied in their typologies that we respond to this quest for identity,
Here, we are reinventing Paris.
This building is adventure, the unpredictable, surprise and emotions in a desire to reveal the potential of an exceptional site. Based on the specificities of this context, our project aims to be a link between two territories going towards each other, one with the other, the center of Paris and Greater Paris. It is also a building that is transforming, and which speaks to us of the transition from a horizontal and capped city, to a vertical city with a rich and dynamic skyline. Its unique urban form and its architectural style tell the story of this change of state.
Finally, this building is also an observation tower.
This intermediate height of 50 meters has an educational value. Living here means understanding and learning about the surrounding city. Appreciate the scale and richness of the urban fabric that constitutes this magnificent city, and be on the border between Paris and Greater Paris. Overlooking Ivry, La Manufacture des Oeillets, the Zoo of Vincennes, the railway landscape, the historic monuments of Paris, the different eras and typologies of dwellings which form an extended territory, the inhabitants will be aware, we hope, not only of the heritage of the city which unfolds before their eyes, but above all the extraordinary possibilities which await us in the future.
La Tour Home veut réconcilier Paris avec la hauteur par Le Moniteur
50 meters building program including 96 social housing units +
Home, ZAC Masséna, Paris XIII, 75.
Completed February 2015
Hamonic + Masson & Associés
Competition winners 2012
Urban projects developer
6000 m² of apartments
+ 400 m² of retail
7000 m² of apartments
+ 350 m² of ret