panel cladding / concrete / perforated
ZAC PARIS RIVE GAUCHE
As part of the renovation of the Paris Rive Gauche ZAC (integrated development zone), the architects Badia-Berger designed several housing blocks that attract the attention of passers-by: a green trailing vine climbs up the facades to create an astonishing vertical landscape.
"For this project which is adjacent to prestigious buildings such as the National Library or the Paris Val de Seine School of Architecture, we wanted something timeless, that went further than a living plant wall," explains Marie-Hélène Badia. "It seemed unsuitable to plant lots of plants at a huge cost. Finding our own way of working the vegetation theme into an architectural project seemed to make more sense to us and represented a part of the challenge that really interested us. For the project owners, Opac and Semapa, the finish had to be homogenous." The fineness and light weight of Ductal® made it the most suitable material to produce the panels that were arranged on 3 sides of the building up to the 8th floor.
Each of the 44 perforated panels is 6.60 m high and 2.30 m wide.
"The panels are not just decorative, they are also intended to be supports for vegetation. It was therefore important that they be made of a mineral material to enable plants to fasten on correctly."