Barrault Pressacco is the architectural firm behind Paris's newest bio-based social housing. The mixed-used building references traditional Parisian apartment blocks. Located on the Rue Marx Dormoy in the city's 18th arrondissement, Barrault Pressacco's building hosts 15 units and two shops on the ground floor.
The bio-based building was designed to be respectful of its surroundings to fit into its heterogeneous urban context using wood and hempcrete materials. Hempcrete is a concrete alternative with a low footprint. Made from hemp fibers, the material is combined with a lime-based binding agent. Two small courtyards are inserted into the structure's plan to provide natural light, promoting air ventilation to the apartments. In addition, each floor is comprised of three units.
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