architect: Jacques Ferrier Architecture and Chartier Dalix Architectes

location: Paris

year: 2016

This project offers a unique opportunity to transform the metropolis at a highly strategic spot: the Boulevard Périphérique (ring road).  Jacques Ferrier Architecture and Chartier Dalix Architectes is proposing to metamorphosis this area into a shared landscape, to create openings and continuities, and to weave into it a network of gardens extending well beyond the site to connect Paris and Neuilly, from the Bois de Boulogne all the way to the Porte de Champerret. The ring road is crossed by the landscape-bridge, an inhabited structure where the covered markets, shops, a school of urban horticulture, and a coworking space are located. It is covered by a garden accessible to the public, with openings all round onto the public space.
Above the landscape-bridge are the units of housing and offices. Their structures have been designed to allow them to evolve and expand with the city as it progresses with its plans for regeneration. The roofs are connected to create an urban farm dedicated to growing the first crop of Parisian tea. Shared Pavilions enable the occupants and of housing and offices to take advantage of this extraordinary garden. With the planted balconies and the landscape-bridge, the system in 3D as a whole plays the role of environmental machine, contributing to the pleasure of living together in a different way in the city. The Porte des Ternes is welcoming a building that is one-of-a-kind yet respectful of its context, and one that reconnects with the Parisian scale. This generous and open project is designed to enhance the experience of local inhabitanbts. Here, the ring road becomes a landscaped plaza of Grand Paris (Greater Paris), a public prototype for a new landscape for the Parisian metropolis.

Client: BNP Paribas Real Estate, NBIM (investor)
Lead contractor: Jacques Ferrier Architecture, chartier dalix architectes, Paris, with SLA landscaper, Copenhagen
Program: Offices (11,000 m²), housing for first-time buyers (4,200 m²), social housing (1,800 m²), School of Horticulture, tea grower boutique, retail shops.
Surface area: 20,000 m²
Competition: January 2016