Romainville is the residential complex designed by the Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia team of architects for Nexity, a French company that deals with new real estate construction.
The project is part of an area undergoing residential development in the Romainville block, located in the first arrondissement of the city of Paris. In particular, the designers have worked in the southern area of a new residential complex, where a large green area without buildings defines the atmosphere of the entire block, bringing a hint of nature into an urban space.
The desire to give visual continuity to the north-south axis defined by the urban composition of the northern section led to the choice of creating two separate volumes. The volumes are elaborated in such a way as to ensure coherence with the heights of the buildings adjacent to the new section. From the heights of 4, 5 and 6 storeys the structures gradually lower towards the south to the single-family houses set in the green area.
The project represents a dialogue with the existing residential context but gives a more marked character to the use of matter and light.
Each façade defines its own specificity and narrates the design in different ways. To the north, the entrance façade from the main compartment has a white diamond ceramic cladding which, reflecting the light and the Parisian sky, creates vibrant, evocative shades and plays of light. To the west, a pathway open to citizens runs through the trees, facing buildings with projecting balconies protected by a vertical wooden mesh. The opposite front, to the east, open towards the green hill, is characterised by a more compact appearance, with excavations creating loggias. The main entrance is to the south, leading to the entrance hall, a large multi-functional glazed space.