A FIRST SINCE THE 1970S
The Home development, located at 56 avenue de France, close to the French National Library, has a total floor area of 13,750 m2. It comprises two buildings of 13 and 16 storeys, respectively. One offers 95 units for owner-occupiers, ranging from one- to five-room apartments. The other offers 93 social housing units. The two are certified BBC-effinergie® and come with ground-floor shops, bike rooms and underground parking facilities.
The development, for which Bouygues Immobilier is the project owner, includes an apartment block measuring 50 metres in height – a first in Paris since the 1970s. This was made possible by a change in the municipal planning regulations concerning the Masséna-Bruneseau sector, pursuant to which it is now authorised to build apartment and office blocks with respective heights of 50 and 180 metres.
The apartments for owner-occupiers are currently in handover phase. Only two are still for sale. The apartments accommodating social housing have been sold off-plan to RIVP, a Paris social housing landlord.
A BRIDGE BETWEEN DREAM AND REALITY
This complex, designed by renowned architects Hamonic + Masson & Associés and Comte & Vollenweider, stands out through its unique architecture. The bold, elegant designs of these buildings dovetail with the jagged forms of structures on Avenue de France and the railways in the vicinity, all the while offering a high-rise panorama.
The building for owner-occupiers slopes upwards, featuring an alternation of terraces and balconies, glass panels and metallic claddings. The buildings are not overlooked and therefore offer an exceptionally clear horizon. Some of the high-end apartments come with a terrace, which is rare for Paris. The final floor features two five-room apartments offering rooftop terraces.
The second, higher tower block appears to pirouette towards the light, giving the impression that each unit is located on an upper-storey. It does this by using wrap-around terraces and large windows and by situating living rooms at building corners.
'Home' stands for urban living but without the hustle and bustle. Its open environment offers a sensation of having one's head in the stars. The sky's the limit, you could say.