By : MANUELLE GAUTRAND ARCHITECTURE
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 14th edition
Discipline : Architecture
Categories : Special Award / Architecture + Climate Change : Gold Winner
Categories : Residential Building / Mid & High-Rise Rental or Condominium Building (≥ 5 storey-high) : Gold Winner
Among the 22 architectural projects selected from the call for innovative urban projects launched by the City of Paris, 'REINVENTER PARIS 1', our EDISON LITE project proposed a new housing model, based on three main principles that we established: The creation of 'made-to-measure' housing units, whereby the future residents were able to participate in establishing the brief as well as the design of their home; The provision of 20% extra surface area, defined and shared with the residents: this provides access to space and facilities that would not otherwise be available to individual residents; To welcome residents into an existing landscape: largely planted during works, the architectural project includes 75m3 of soil, divided between 290 planters and a large, 150m2 allotment on the roof. These plants have had time to establish themselves and grow before the arrival of residents. Residents are thereby greeted by an established natural environment, for which they will have responsibility. The project thus proposes a sort of 'permacultural' way of life: residents will produce some of their own food, learning the pleasure of watching food grow, a means of encouraging them to participate in the collective effort that we must all undertake to reduce supply chains and move towards a landscape of edible permaculture as near as possible to home.