Boucicaut Mixed Social Program
Situated on the old site of the Boucicaut Hospital in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, the project is made of two symmetrical plots on Rue de la Convention: the plot A can be found at the angle with Rue de Lourmel and plot B is at the angle formed with Rue de Lacordaire.
The program is a pilot-project for the town of Paris, integrating workshops, commerce, medical residences for aged people, a day-care psychiatric centre and a shelter for abused women, all to be found in the first four levels of the plots. The last three floors are occupied by social housing.
Playing with zinc and brick façades, the two buildings dialogue with what was kept from the old hospital and the roofs of the buildings around them. The rhythm of the openings, the quality of the materials used, the vegetation and the suspended footbridges manage to create architecture that takes the work integration far beyond its formal expression, giving it a social sense and relating it more to the people it houses.