At the edge of the River Seine, facing the Île Saint Germain island, two towers, of 217 and 155m in height, form a tight composition with the Pont d’Issy Bridge. Uncomprisingly modern, the dynamic geometry and play of transparent and opalescent textures suggest the movements and reflections of light on the surface of the water. ‘Sky lobbies’, in the form of horizontal cuts, like notches in the trunk of a tree, become living spaces incorporating planting, and offering views of the near, and distant, landscape.
The informal-looking layout of residential buildings at the foot of the towers belies a thorough reflection on the nature and organisation of this urban setting. Narrow passages, squares, terraces, and gardens create a new quarter similar to the Saint Germain Island, with its lively and varied character.
The planted roofs form an origami-like sequence of folded green planes of different textures. Lightweight footbridges, of wood and aluminium, span the roadways creating a direct link with the banks of the Seine.
Forming the urban facade of Issy les Moulineaux along the River Seine, the Pont d’Issy district is a major site in the redevelopment of the river corridor, benefitting from an ideal location at the southwest entrance of Paris.
The orientation and geometry of the towers have been designed within the constraints posed by solar gains, wind and noise. Solutions aimed to reduce the environmental impact of the project are integrated into the building design, including the use of natural materials, energy saving technology, management of natural resources, water recycling, and the use of sustainable energy.
From the city centre of Issy les Moulineaux, accessibility to the site is enhanced by the creation of pedestrian routes passing beneath the railways, and by a landscaped promenade that extends onto Boulevard Garibaldi.
Architect: Arte Charpentier Architectes
Title: ZAC Pont d’Issy
Address: Quai de stalingrad, rue Camille Desmoulins, rue Rouget de Lisle
Post code: 92 000
Programme: Design of a set of buildings: IGH offices, non-IGH offices, housing (accession to ownership, social, free programme), nursery, shops.
Offices to let: yes
Total area: 125,000 sqm
Credits: Arte Charpentier Architectes