Cité des Poètes


The project for these new homes fits into the existing built morphology of the Cité des Poètes, rich in its history and uniqueness, by promoting the existing plant continuities and creating a unique, generous living space, turned towards nature and quality of life.
With the use of wood in the structure and façade, the buildings are at one with the park. They are not placed on the edge but belong to the park and amplify it. The architecture is inscribed in the landscape.
Beyond the inscription in the park, building in wood structure is a committed answer for an ecological approach.
Architecture adapted to the material. With thicknesses of 13 to 16 m and frames of 4 to 5 m, the buildings are designed for wood construction.
1 m3 of new wood means 1 ton less CO2 in the atmosphere. Wooden construction favors the use of renewable energies, reduces energy consumption and favors the use of biosourced materials. It brings environmental qualities to the building in a passive way. It brings comfort and a pleasure of living that is particularly noticeable in the eyes and smell. Wood also allows for a construction site with reduced nuisances and optimized duration.
In addition to its structural virtue, the facade grid creates a visual protection device. The blades frame the bays and constitute a filter for lateral vision. They serve as frames and supports for external blinds. These are adjustable sunshades that can be adjusted to protect against views and overheating due to the sun.
Beautiful zinc roofs shelter the new houses. They are extended by awnings adjusted to the constraints of the site. The diversity of roof slopes reduces the scale of the new buildings.

The design of the underground parking lots aims to maintain as much open space as possible. We plan for on-site absorption, as well as rainwater recovery tanks.
All units have a private outdoor space. The ground floor units have generous terraces extended by gardens.  The terraces extended by gardens on the ground floor are separated from public spaces by vegetated fences.
On the third floor, the dwellings are duplexes, houses on the roof, which have large terraces partially sheltered from the sun and allowing privacy thanks to the roofs.
The landscape project carries the identity of the block. It supports the existing vegetation and produces a new landscape dialogue with its environment. Giving the reading of a common landscape, the spaces are thought in order to make cohabit in a fine and harmonious way the private gardens dedicated to housing and the collective gardens intended to be shared.
The plants welcome the new buildings by including them in the language of the park, proposing a gradation from intimacy to urban sociability. A park inhabited, in a logic of accompaniment of what pre-exists, in the image of the trees preserved within the project.
The diversity of the environments thus proposed allows the installation of a varied biodiversity, refuges for small fauna and the deployment of a rich flora.
The landscape project as a whole will respond to the ecological and sustainable development concerns by the possibility of rainwater recovery within the gardens so as to infiltrate the water on the plot, and dense plantations in order to fight against urban heat islands.

LOCATION : Malakoff, France
PROGRAM : Construction of dwellings in wooden structure
TIMETABLE : Competition prize winner October 2022 -Completion January 2025
SURFACE : 4 800 m²
COST : 10 500 000 € Excl Tax.
CLIENT : Malakoff Habitat
WOOD : Athlance
RENDERINGS : Octav Tirziu