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Location : Boulogne Billancourt
Dates : 2009 - On site
Client : Private
Design team : Martin Duplantier Architects
Mission : Design Conception
Built area : 190 sqm
Cost : NC

A proposed expansion treated as an object in and of itself.  By breaking with the buildings on either side of it, the project reads as an independent element with striking proportions and treatment.  A tower, made of two housing units, whose brick facade recalls the first skyscrapers of the Chicago School.  Given that it is sandwiched between two existing structures on either side, the building’s proportions alone make it appear “tower-like” from the outside.  Internally, its base, supports, orientation, and penthouse further this nature.

This classic vocabulary transcription of the tower on a building of seven floors provides both a rich collection of interior spaces and a special character that fits nicely into the urban fabric surrounding it.  “Tower of Boulogne” is neither a new business district, nor the headquarters of a multinational corporation, nor the expression of Greater Paris finally materialized.  Rather, it is the answer to a given program with extreme spatial constraints.  Brick was chosen to sheath the building for its historical characteristics and for its thermal performance.

© photo Remy Simeon