Architects: FMA (Farshid Moussavi Architecture)
Capacity: 201 housing units including 110 student rooms
. Surface: 11,430 sq.m. including 1,150 sq.m. of shops
Height: 32.5 m
Located on the Jardins de l'Arche, One is a housing program of approximately 11,200 sq.m. The architectural firm FMA (Farshid Moussavi Architecture) was selected following an international architectural competition launched in June 2011 by the developer Les Nouveaux Constructeurs.
Eleven floors make up the building: the first three floors are dedicated to a 110-room student residence, the upper floors to 91 housing units for first-time buyers. Shops with a surface area of nearly 1,150 sq.m. will enliven the different levels of the forecourt at the foot of the building. The originality of this project lies in the horizontal stratification of the programs and in this aspect of staggered strata that offers plunging views towards the great landscape of the historic axis. This new form allows each dwelling to be equipped with a loggia and a partially covered balcony.
The raising of the apartments up to 32.5 metres provides uninterrupted views overlooking the Arche Gardens and the slender shape of the building allows a maximum number of light-filled apartments.
The play of sliding shutters that make up the façade can be animated from the inside by the inhabitants.
A word about the architect
Of Iranian origin, Farshid Moussavi moved to London in the 1980s. She made her debut at the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Genoa in 1988. From 1991 to 1993, she collaborated with Rem Koolhaas at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam. She founded her first agency in 1995 in London, alongside Alejandro Zaera Polo. Farshid Moussavi then made a name for himself internationally with the construction of the Yokohama maritime terminal.
In 2011, she launches her international agency, FMA, and focuses on projects for the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art in the United States and the Koran in Tehran.