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 mid1980s, the site was incorporated into 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 main aims of the scheme are two-fold; the first is to create a landmark at the northern entrance to the new quarter, and the second is to articulate the transition from the public to the 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 multi-faceted building form enriches the architectural experience and provides a rapport with adjacent buildings and spaces.
The project, besides its architectural and environmental qualities, provides a quality working environment for 1360 staff, with flexible, efficiently-designed spaces to encourage team interaction and collaboration. The interiors are comfortable and welcoming and are organised in an attractive variety of layouts.
The building facades, composed of a continuous rhythm of extruded aluminium profiles of varying colours, change character with a shifting viewpoint, giving the building a dynamic yet homogeneous appearance.
The glazed double-height hallway, provides a visual link between the entrance court, the garden at the lower level, the adjacent Petit Ceinture railway line and the Boulevard which passes in front. This generous, transparent volume acts as the building’s centre of gravity, welcoming and redirecting users and visitors. The adjoining cafeteria, which appears as an extension of the Place Active, offers a lively ambiance throughout the day.
The inter-company restaurant, situated at the sunken garden level, has a seating capacity of 240 and can serve up to 600 meals. This flexible space, accessible outside of meal times, serves as a place for informal working meetings and co-working, convivial and conducive to interaction and exchange.
The landscaping approach consists of a sequence of spaces, paved and planted, which provide a continuity between the public domain of the new quarter and the Boulevard to the north. A large paved entrance court marks the entrance to the building, but also serves as a transitional space linking pedestrian routes across the site. The contemporary planting scheme opts for a range of colours from orange to black with hints of white and spring green. Stepping down towards the Petit Ceinture to the north and protected by the embankment of the boulevard, a sunken garden offers an intimate, tranquil atmosphere in contrast to the more open spaces accessible to the public.
The planted roof terraces provide a rich and varied raised landscape in the form of a series of plateaux carrying on the theme established at the lower levels, and thus creating an identity for the project. Certain terraces are paved in anthracite grey concrete paving with zinc planters of different heights containing ornamental shrubs, bamboo and perennials. Although not all accessible, others are designed as generous roof lounges or as vegetable gardens. Their south-facing orientation is conducive to shared activities and social interaction.
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– 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 : Tribecca
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