A consortium led by New York-based SO—IL and Parisian practice Laisné Roussel were revealed as the winners of the international Réinventer La Seine competition. Their winning proposal, “L’Atelier de l’Arsenal”, will revitalize the underused Place Mazas, which is located on a fragmented site at the junction of Canal Saint Martin and the Seine River.
The proposal presents a flexible composition of spaces and buildings that can adapt to future developments in and around the site. It “suggests a dynamic approach in city making, one that considers history as well as the complexity of today’s conditions,” SO—IL partner Ilias Papageorgiou states.
Read on for more about the proposal from the design team.
“Located at the junction of Canal Saint Martin and the Seine River, the site forms a critical intersection of cultural, economic, and environmental networks. It is also strategically positioned at the center of important future development projects like the Balade de L’Arsenal, a new urban path, and the new pedestrian waterfront park, parc Rives de Seine.”
“The site is divided into two parts. The first is a seven-story volume that continues the historical Haussmanian axis and tops out just below its neighboring 19th century residential building. This volume includes a housing program in co-living typology, with several interior and exterior shared spaces for the residents as well as a public restaurant on the ground floor.
The second, located on the axis of Bastille, is dedicated to public activities. It maintains a lower profile, opening up views to the Seine River. This part of the site includes three new public squares, a lockhouse built in 1905 that is being repurposed, and a temporary pavilion that will host facilities like public co-working spaces, a fabrication lab, an event room, and an exterior terrace offering new views on the Arsenal Basin, the Seine River, and the surrounding city. [There will also be] a facility for homeless care already established on site.”
“Sustainability is a driver of the project. Our design represents a new relationship to the waterfront as Paris works to create a swimmable river in the near future. Included on the site are a public swimming pool as well as a pool for biodiversity research and water quality monitoring. The proposal’s housing is constructed from locally sourced timber and its temporary pavilion features a dismountable structure made of renewable materials, facilitating urban growth while decreasing environmental impact.”
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