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UNIC Housing Paris by MAD Architects

New French Residential Building in Clichy-Batignolles design by MAD Architects + Accueil-Biecher Architectes

20 May 2016

UNIC Housing Paris by MAD

Design: Ma Yansong of MAD, Architects, Beijing, China with Accueil-Biecher Architectes

Location: Clichy-Batignolles, Paris, France

UNIC Housing Paris Building by MAD Architects

MAD has revealed plans for a Parisian housing block surrounded by undulating balconies. The building will be the first residential project in Europe by this Chinese architecture studio.

Titled UNIC, the 50-m-tall block will feature floorplates with undulating edges and glazed walls to give residents views of the Paris skyline, report Dezeen today.

UNIC Housing Paris by MAD Architects

MAD won an international design competition for the scheme designed in collaboration with Parisian architecture practice Accueil-Biecher Architectes.

UNIC will be located in the developing Clichy-Batignolles neighbourhood, beside the Martin Luther King Park and Renzo Piano’s yet-to-be-completed courthouse.

UNIC Housing Paris by MAD Architects

The tower’s asymmetric floors decrease in scale towards its summit, offering a range of secluded and public balconies and creating a stepped outline – not dissimilar to the firm’s earlier Urban Garden proposal for the city of Chongqing in China. The organic design develops in a fluid way as it rises up into the sky.

The terraces will be planted with trees in an attempt to extend the adjacent park vertically, and balconies on the uppermost floors of the 13-level-block will boast views of the Eiffel Tower.

UNIC Housing Paris by MAD Architects

The building’s curvilinear podium will be joined to a neighbouring public housing scheme. It will provide access to a new stretch of the Paris Métro, as well as a kindergarten, shops and restaurants.

UNIC Housing Paris by MAD Architects

“The resulting design enhances everyday community relations among a diverse socio-economic neighbourhood,” said the studio.
Sinuous forms are characteristic of MAD’s architecture and design.

The UNIC housing is due to be completed in 2018.

UNIC Housing Paris by MAD Architects

UNIC Housing Paris – Building Information

Architecture: MAD
Directors: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano
Design team: Zhao Wei, Flora Lee, Wu Kaicong, Daniel Gillen, Jiang Bin, Andrea D’Antrassi, Tristan Brasseur, Juan Valeros, Gustavo Alfred van Staveren, Xin Dogterom, Juan Pablo, Cesar d Pena Del Rey, Natalia Giacomino

MAD unveils Parisian housing block with curvy floors and balconies

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