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Le Copenhagen Residential Building in Montreuil, France by Christophe Rousselle Architecte

Project name:
Le Copenhagen
Architecture firm:
Christophe Rousselle Architecte
Boulevard Rouget de Lisle, Montreuil, France
Takuji Shimmura
Principal architect:
Christophe Rousselle
Design team:
Jean-Philippe Marre
Built area:
1300 m²
Site area:
336 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Interior design:
Christophe Rousselle Architectes
Jean-Philippe Marre, Joana Kingwell
Civil engineer:
MC Kuzu
Structural engineer:
MC Kuzu
Environmental & MEP:
Gleize Energie
Cabinet Lemonnier (économiste)
Tools used:
AutoCAD, Autodesk 3ds Max
Precast concrete stain finish, (light gray tint) wooden joinery and roller shutters in RAL 7021 aluminum, Green roof
ALTOA Promotion
Residential › Apartments

Christophe Rousselle ArchitecteThis residential project, located on the outskirts of Paris, emerges as a single, sober volume with simple shapes that oscillates between massiveness and transparency due to the alternation between concrete and glass.

The building is configured as a large solid body of almost white concrete, which contains 21 apartments distributed over 6 stories and which is inserted in a commercial plinth that tries to disappear through its glazed facade. The solid parts of this plinth are conceived in a dark tone that suppresses this level and provides a shadow in which the rest of the building is supported, giving lightness to the main volume.

image © Takuji Shimmura

Each facade was carefully thought out, and they provide two different ways of approaching to the public space. On one hand, one is conceived as a game of subtractions as you level up, producing generous outdoor spaces for the upper-story apartments. On the contrary, the other is thought of as a smooth element that is randomly interrupted by the different glazed openings. These two ways of facing the street, fit harmoniously into a single coherent body thanks to the mono materiality of the volume.

The use of raw concrete has been chosen for being a unifying element - sober and elegant -, for its robust and durable quality, as well as for its structural advantage when creating outdoor spaces that are a real attraction and that favor a long-term qualitative use. The polished finish, very similar to metal, was achieved through the use of a very smooth metal formwork and a light gray tint which is finished with a satin clear coat.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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