Aurore T5B, Paris, France


published in l'Arca International n. 138


Aurore T5B, Paris, France, project: Kengo Kuma & Associates and  Marchi Architects



Project: Kengo Kuma & Associates; Project Director: Matthieu Wotling; Project Manager: Miruna Constantinescu; Team:  Hagai Ben Naim, Nicolas Cazali, Paolo Amato; Associates Architects: Marchi Architects (Slo Living Hostel); Landscape Architects: Horticulture & Jardins / Atelier Georges; Structure Engineering: Arcadis- Freyssinet-Oteis; Mechanical Engineer: ITF Bruno Georges; Acoustics: Lamoureux Acoustics; Project management assistance: Redman; Developer: Compagnie de Phalsbourg & Station F; Images: Luxigon / Mir



Part of an ambitious development above the railways crossing the district Paris-Rive Gauche 13ème, this project, promoted by Compagnie de Phalsbourg e Station F, is a sustainable and innovative hospitality building aiming to become a landmark for the neighborhood.



In the context of repetitive volumes along the avenue, Kuma’s design strategy was to create a sculptural shape as formed by natural erosion that will let the sky come down to the street. The work on the volume is defined by the modularity of the wooden structure. 



As particles, the facade panels together with the volumetric decomposition come to blur the shape of the building. The warm materiality of the wood is combined with the soften reflection and aerial touch of the metal panels. The building will come alive with the light.



In the dense urban context of the Avenue de France, the architects felt the need to create a green lung for the city. Nature finds place at the core of the scheme, translated in the intimate public garden where all senses are awoken.



Multiple terraces and suspended gardens at various levels will be perceived both from outside and inside of the hotel in a unique way. The depth of the façade, besides creating a comfortable intimacy for the rooms, gives place to a variety of local plants in alternation with revisited Parisian balconies.



Reinforcing the connection between the busy Avenue and the green promenade on the south, the public garden will resonate with the garden of the National Library close by and rise the attractiveness of the district.



The new complex will host in its 12,700 m² (site area: 2,580 m²) an Eco-Luxury Hotel including Sport Facility and Business Center (“1Hotel” with 140 rooms).



completed by Youth Hostel (“Slo Living” with 179 sleepers), a Performance Bar (“Chez Fellini”, a new concept for cabaret shows developed by La Bellevilloise), a Panoramic Restaurant, and the Nuage Café (a co-working space to be used by startuppers and traveling professionals).