20_LAN Architecture | Students Residence



Project title: Students residence

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The project has been submitted by:

LAN Architecture



City: Paris



Designer or design team architects:

LAN Architecture


Plot Area: 1395 mq

Gross Area: 4542 mq

Of which residential: 95%
Public/communal areas: 5%
Facilities for the public: -%
Business/trade: -%
Offices: -%

Number of residential units: 143
Typology of users: students
Total building costs Euros: 8 M€
Building Cost = Total Bulding Cost / Gross Area: 1761,33 €/ mq
Floor area ratio = Gross Area / Plot Area: 3,25 mq
Work started on date: 2009
Work completion date: 2011


Promoter: RIVP Paris
Owner: RIVP Paris
Allotment rule: International competition

Reduction cost percentage compared to the market value:
– assignement: 10 %
– rent: 20 %

Description of the project: 


The concept

Situated in a strategic position at the junction of rue Philippe de Girard and rue Pajol in the 18th arrondissement, the project for a student residence was responding to the necessity of urban integration and creating optimum comfort for the residence’s occupants in a convivial and intimate environment.


The street and the courtyard

The project is composed of several buildings, whose volumes and voids depend on the context. The heights of the buildings at the back of the plot vary according to neighbouring buildings. In the middle, a spacious courtyard is lit by a rift in the south building, an extension of an existing void.

The 15 x15 m²courtyard, the heart of the project and sort of a green lung, provides access to the various buildings and defines their interrelationship. The ground-floor transparency created by the bicycle park draw attention inwards and define this project.


The materials

The strategy of creating a duality between street and courtyard was pursued in the choice of materials. The facades participate in creating the varying atmospheres of the spaces they envelop and delimit. The buildings on the street are clad in dark, slate-coloured brick, while the buildings around the courtyard are clad with larch planking with folding louvred shutters in front of the windows and balconies. All the ground and wall surfaces in the courtyard are clad with the same light-coloured, flexible material, normally used for sports areas and playgrounds.


The circulations

The circulation system is very legible: the four vertical circulations are located at the plot’s four corners. All circulations are lit naturally so that the landings can act as meeting places.

Generally speaking, the empty spaces in the courtyard and circulations could be said to be ‘junk space’ in that they are by-products of the design of the buildings. The project’s ambition was to give these spaces so much quality that they create a genuine ‘plus’ for residents.


The specifications

The brief specified the construction of a student residence of around 150 rooms, communal spaces, administrative premises and a caretaker’s apartment, with RIVP acting as project manager for the CROUS, which will run the residence.

As one enters the residence via the rift on the left, one successively discovers the reception spaces, the administrative premises (on the corner of the street and the passageway), the communal facilities and the study and leisure areas around the courtyard.

Students have furnished rooms with an average surface area of 18m², with a bathroom and a kitchen area. The view of the courtyard creates a calm atmosphere conducive to concentration and study. Ten rooms were specially designed for people with reduced mobility.


Energy performances

The project complies with the “Habitat and Environment” label’s VHEP specifications.

A combination of compactness, treatment of the envelope, and solar heat coupled with high-performance ventilation and heating (urban heating and solar panels) creates pleasant and comfortable accommodation. The concrete structure, insulated on the outside with 12 cm of mineral wool, brick or wood cladding and high-performance double-glazed fittings, provides efficient thermal insulation.