Porte de Paris Housing, Architect, Saint-Denis Building, French Residential Architecture

Porte de Paris Saint-Denis

Rue Gabriel Péri Building, France design by Atelier Du Pont Architects

29 May 2013

Porte de Paris Building

Social housing and commercial premises Saint-Denis

Design: Atelier Du Pont

Porte de Paris Saint-Denis building
photograph : Luc Boegly


This housing programme is part of the Porte de Paris urban development zone on the edge of the historic centre of Saint-Denis. It is located at the meeting point of two contrasting urban environments: to the west is the Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, a very busy shopping street that leads to the basilica, and to the south is the new Porte de Paris neighbourhood where public amenities rub shoulders with other activities.

Porte de Paris
photograph : Luc Boegly

This building was designed as a key element to bond the ancient city with the modern one by interacting with two very different styles of architecture – one of them mineral and earthbound, the other sculpted and airborne.

Porte de Paris
photograph : Luc Boegly

The corner of the simple but unusually shaped building rises to a point from a base that is aligned with the adjacent buildings and is cloaked in anodized aluminium strips that act as a sunscreen, give the balconies a sense of privacy and make the façade shimmer in the sun. The building’s outline stands out from the rest of the block and marks the entrance to the city.

Porte de Paris Rue Gabriel Péri Housing Rue de la Barbacane Housing
photos : Luc Boegly

Directly confronted with the traffic of the modern city, its compact shape is orientated to maximum effect and offers living areas that cut across the building so that residents can isolate themselves from the hubbub outside. This site is a fantastic opportunity, an urban in-between area where you can slip easily from a very busy shopping street into a more peaceful residential street. It also straddles the ages as the first stage in a new urbanization project along the Canal Saint-Denis just a few blocks from the Stade de France.

Porte de Paris Housing Saint-Denis Housing Rue de la Barbacane Saint-Denis
photos : Luc Boegly

Porte de Paris Saint-Denis- Building Information

Type: 32 social housing units and 1 commercial premises
Summary: First completed building in the Porte de Paris urban development zone
Address: corner of Rue Gabriel Péri and Rue de la Barbacane – 93200 Saint-Denis, France
Client: Plaine Commune Habitat
Architect: Atelier du Pont – Anne-Cécile Comar, Philippe Croisier, Stéphane Pertusier
Project manager: Luc Pinsard
Site supervision: Luc Pinsard and François Kharrat
Engineering: Betom
Green building engineering: Capterre
Economist: RPO
General contractor: Demouy
Supervising office and Qualitel: Socotec
SPS coordinator: BTP Consultants

Surface: 2,815 m² (net)
Cost: €4,400,000 (pre-tax)
Energy efficiency: BBC Effinergie
Timetable: Completed Mar 2013

Photographs: Luc Boegly

Rue Gabriel Péri Housing images / information from Atelier Du Pont

Atelier du Pont

Location: Rue Gabriel Péri, Rue de la Barbacane – 93200 Saint-Denis, Paris, France

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