Located in the valley between the heights of Romainville and Montmartre, the site of La Chapelle has been, since the 19th century, the ideal route for freight travelling by rail from Paris to the north. When freight transport ceased in the middle of the 1980s, the site was incorporated in the Grand Projet de Renouvellement Urbain de Paris urban renewal strategy, leading to an urban renewal project in 2008.
The site, of 5200m², is situated at the north-west corner of La Chapelle International development zone, in a new quarter undergoing transformation. Comprising an office building and a gym, it sits at the angle between Boulevard Ney and a new road within the development zone.
Facing Boulevard Ney, the main part of the building appears as two blocks separated by about 14m, with the gym facing the new road. Planted terraces, sculpted from the facade, articulate the massing, opening up views to and from the building into the distance.
The facades, composed of a continuous rhythm of extruded aluminium profiles of varying colours, change with a shifting viewpoint, giving the building a dynamic yet homogeneous appearance. A strong rapport is established with neighbouring buildings and public spaces.
The scheme has two principal aims; the first is to create a landmark at the northern entrance to the new quarter, and the second is to articulate the transition from public to private domain. This enables the site to integrate seamlessly with the daily activity of the new area, and at the same time contributes to its composition.
The project, besides its architectural and environmental qualities, provides, a place of quality for working, with flexible, efficiently-designed spaces to encourage team interaction and collaboration. The working environment is comfortable and welcoming, and is organised in an attractive variety of layouts.
– Architect: Arte Charpentier Architectes
– Landscape Architect: Arte Charpentier Architectes
– Direction des études : Arte Charpentier Architectes
Technical design consultants
– Environmental: ELAN
– Electrical building services: IGREC Ingenierie SAS
– Façades: Joseph Ingenierie
– Restauration: Gaury
– Structural: Bouygues Construction Privée
– HVAC/smoke extraction/plumbing: SF21
– Lifts: CCINGENIERIE
– Acoustics: Avel Acoustique
– Investor/user advisor: ARP Astrance
– Inspection: Qualiconsult
– CSPS: Qualiconsult
– SSI: Sastec
– CPE: Alto
– Bim manager : Bouygues Construction Privée
Specificities of the operation
Name : itWORKS!
Adress : ZAC Chapelle International
Postal code: 75018
Program of the operation: complex real estate
of offices and a gymnasium
Surface : 21 500 m² shon
Environmental certifications : démarche HQE