Home tower

Home tower

Paris' highest building since the 1970s!

France
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  • As Paris’ first residential building to exceed the 50-metre mark since 1970, the Home tower is one of the symbols of the changing Parisian cityscape; it also signifies the capital’s increased interest in high-rises, especially as a solution for the housing problem. The Home tower is located in Paris' thirteenth district and includes just under 200 social housing and assisted home-buying units. Built for Bouygues Immobilier by Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France Habitat Social, this new residence was designed by architecture firms Hamonic + Masson & Associés and Comte Vollenweider Architectes.

  • "The tower's tiered construction, which spirals up towards the light, plus its airy, layered design make the building look like it's gradually transforming. The design's major achievement lies in the fact that the tower doesn't look at all repetitive, despite the 200 housing units it contains. Even though the apartments are stacked on top of each other, each one has its own unique quality, which gives the building a strong sense of individuality", explain the architects, who also praise the many outdoor areas included in the housing units' design.

  • Though it contains social housing and assisted home-buying units, the tower was designed as a single building. This project bridges the gap between the strict, formal aesthetic of the Avenue de France and the nearby railway infrastructure connected to the Gare d'Austerlitz train station; it also smoothly incorporates access to Ivry and the change in scale as the city shifts from a horizontal to a vertical orientation.

  • An intelligent and sustainable approach was used to design the equipment included in the Home tower so the building could meet the energy consumption targets necessary for BBC-effinergie® certification. For example, the building's basement features 333 anti-vibration mechanisms to protect the tower from the effects of the nearby railway network. Solar panels were also installed on the roof to produce hot water. Home also complies with the 2005 Thermal Regulation under the Paris Climate Plan and earned several environmental certifications.

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    Context
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    Ambitions
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    Innovation
  1. 1
    Context
  2. 2
    Testimony
  3. 3
    Ambitions
  4. 4
    Innovation
  • As Paris’ first residential building to exceed the 50-metre mark since 1970, the Home tower is one of the symbols of the changing Parisian cityscape; it also signifies the capital’s increased interest in high-rises, especially as a solution for the housing problem. The Home tower is located in Paris' thirteenth district and includes just under 200 social housing and assisted home-buying units. Built for Bouygues Immobilier by Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France Habitat Social, this new residence was designed by architecture firms Hamonic + Masson & Associés and Comte Vollenweider Architectes.

  • "The tower's tiered construction, which spirals up towards the light, plus its airy, layered design make the building look like it's gradually transforming. The design's major achievement lies in the fact that the tower doesn't look at all repetitive, despite the 200 housing units it contains. Even though the apartments are stacked on top of each other, each one has its own unique quality, which gives the building a strong sense of individuality", explain the architects, who also praise the many outdoor areas included in the housing units' design.

  • Though it contains social housing and assisted home-buying units, the tower was designed as a single building. This project bridges the gap between the strict, formal aesthetic of the Avenue de France and the nearby railway infrastructure connected to the Gare d'Austerlitz train station; it also smoothly incorporates access to Ivry and the change in scale as the city shifts from a horizontal to a vertical orientation.

  • An intelligent and sustainable approach was used to design the equipment included in the Home tower so the building could meet the energy consumption targets necessary for BBC-effinergie® certification. For example, the building's basement features 333 anti-vibration mechanisms to protect the tower from the effects of the nearby railway network. Solar panels were also installed on the roof to produce hot water. Home also complies with the 2005 Thermal Regulation under the Paris Climate Plan and earned several environmental certifications.

Home towerAn original and creative design

Designed as a single building, the Home project combines two housing environments into a harmonious whole. One side of the building features a tower in which the perimeter of each floor is surrounded by continuous balconies of various sizes partly covered by orange glass panels. The other side is occupied by a tiered tower with a spiralling design, which allows sunlight to reach each floor and limits the feelings of vertigo experienced by any future residents who might be leery of heights. The architects succeeded in building 188 housing units without relying on a repetitive design. The architects explain that "even though the apartments are stacked on top of each other, each one has its own unique quality, which gives the building a strong sense of individuality".

 

"Featuring an alternating pattern of terraces and balconies as well as glass panels and metallic coverings, the building's design prioritises the use of natural lighting in its interior spaces", says the developer. This property complex stands out for its unique architecture and bold, elegant design. However, the Home tower's appearance is not the only feature that sets it apart. Rather than separate the street-level entryways to the two residential towers and run the risk of segregating the buildings, the architects chose to construct a shared double entrance on either side of the back of the building that subsequently splits to go towards both elevators.

Home towerSocial diversity

Located at Farhat-Hached Square, a strategic area that's very open to the surrounding cityscape, the Home project is the first 50-meter-tall residential building built in Paris since the 1970s. The nearby Olympiades neighbourhood was created at that same time. This area is immediately recognisable by its long line of low-rises and especially its eight, 104-meter-tall towers composed of 36 floors overlooking former railway easements. The esplanade, which has become a business and recreational centre for a large Asian community as well as other communities, is the site of significant and rather harmonious social diversity.

Home towerInaugurated by the Mayor of Paris

Home is the first building to exceed the Masséna-Bruneseau sector's maximum height limit, which was voided following a 2011 decision by the Paris City Council. On Friday, 5 June 2015, Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and François Bertière, CEO of Bouygues Immobilier, along with the architectural teams from Hamonic + Masson & Associés and Comte Vollenweider Architectes, inaugurated the Home tower in the thirteenth district of Paris. This is the first project to take advantage of the Paris City Council's decision to remove the maximum height limit in the Masséna-Bruneseau sector. During her speech, Anne Hidalgo emphasised her desire to change certain biases surrounding architecture: "Building higher is one of the city's solutions. Just because there have been major failures in the past doesn't mean we can’t try again", the mayor said.

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