French firm Emmanuel Combarel Dominique Marrec Architects, otherwise know as ECDM, and designers of the RATP Bus Centre Thiais, Paris, has designed new Paris apartment building and student housing complex, Arcueil ZAC du Coteau, that is reminiscent of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, a building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
The apartment building holds 190 students in Rue des Petits Ponts, Paris. The goal of ECDM was to build a living environment by designing an interesting and compelling architectural structure. The building provides each apartment with an outdoor space of about 323 square feet ( 30 m²) . In order to achieve this economically they wrapped the building with balconies.
The architects did not include partitions between apartment balconies thus avoiding a cluttered feel, and the facade was created to allow for maximum exposure to sunlight for inhabitants. The building and the railings are reminiscent of 1970s style continuous balconies, but close inspection shows them to be made of perforated metal, giving a more delicate feel.
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