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Pushed Slab
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DESIGNER
 
 
MVRDV
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DESCRIPTION
 
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MVRDV North by North West Pushed Slab ParisThe Pushed Slab is located between two completely different urban grids: the dense city fabric of blocks and streets in the North and the loose urban fabric in the south with its clear defined and straightforward infrastructure. The design is based on the requested office program and the energy requirements. The project combines proven energy efficiency technologies with individual office floors and outside spaces such as patios, balconies and a garden. The building is highly flexible offering three cores and a central lobby; it can be rented out to one or various tenants without structural changes.

MVRDV North by North West Pushed Slab ParisThe building is located on a former rail embankment of approximately 4.000m ². The volume follows the site restrictions, a slab shaped volume  of 150 m long and 21 m wide. An opening in the volume preserves the view of a historic building. To create this urban window and to enhance the urban quality of the neighbourhood, the slab is “pushed” until it breaks, then twisted and pushed to the south. This pushing act creates a distortion of the floors, offering multiple terraces which can be directly accessed from the work areas as well as from the external staircases. The urban window offers a large terrace on the second level. The terrace and the balconies are furnished with trees planted in large pots, offering employees a friendly environment to relax.

The building has two faces: a calm side in dialogue with the urban fabric of the north side of Paris, and a more dynamic side facing south, rectangular to the boulevard. The building is wrapped in a skin of wood. The windows form a rhythmic ribbon, offering optimal sun and light control of the inner spaces. To contribute to the sustainable development and taking the impact of deforestation into account, FSC certified wood is used.

Winy Maas, principal architect and co-founder of MVRDV, says “Pushed slab is an exemplary combination of high energy efficiency, economic reality and architectural quality. This emerged from an ambitious client, ICADE, and a city with a long term vision. The added demand of a preserved view line gave the project its exciting shape, it now respects the surrounding neighbors and it opens up its heart for a collective meaning”.

The building is designed by MVRDV in cooperation with local architect North by North West, in a joint effort with the engineering and advisory firms Arcoba (Saint Denis), Terrell, Vanguard, Alto and contractor Eiffage Construction, and interior design firm Métope Architectes on behalf of Banque Populaire.
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ECO-SUSTAINABILITY'
 
MVRDV North by North West Pushed Slab ParisThe “Pushed Slab” is the first realization of Paris’ first eco-quarter. 264 photovoltaic panels on the roof will generate 90 MW/year and a grey water circuit will be applied. 22 solar thermal collectors will generate 45% of the energy needed to heat the water. Sun blinds are integrated in the south facade and in the cuts. The building is insulated from the outside in order to reduce thermal bridges. The accumulation of these proven reliable techniques results in a highly efficient low-energy building which leads to an energy consumption of 46 kWh per m²/year achieving a BBC Effinergie energy label and complying with the objectives set out in the “Plan Climat de la ville de Paris”.
General ecology
SUSTAINABILITY
Certification: RT 2005 CEP < 0,40 Cep ref
Certification HQE Batiment Tertiaire millésime 2008

ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Respect of RT 2005
Renewable energy: photovoltaic and solar hot water
District heating
Limitation glass surfaces while optimizing the contribution of daylight with horizontal strip windows (percentage of glass surfaces / solid = 35%)

MVRDV North by North West Pushed Slab ParisRAIN WATER MANAGEMENT
Recycling rain water for internal reuse (wc flushing), for irrigation purpose and for cooling tower

HEALTH AND COMFORT
Heat recovery ventilation
Daylight: office space illuminate from one side up to a deth of 5m. Optimizazion of windows size (1,40m height) and light fixture with sensors and dimming controls.

TRANSPORT
Pushed Slab is connected to several public transport facilities
Reduced parking capacity to encourage use of public transport
Provision of bicycle storage on site

MVRDV North by North West Pushed Slab ParisBIODIVERSITY
Selection of native or adapted species according to the Paris biodiversity charter et SEMAPA urban charter
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
France [France]
Region
Ile-de-France
District
Paris
Town
Paris
Neighborhoods
Arrondissement 13
Address
Rue Brillat-Savarin, Rue des Peupliers
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for offices and professional practises
Offices
Urban equipment and structures for public areas
Structures for public areas
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2010    
Realisation
2014
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CLIENT
 
 
ICADE
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
sq.m. 19,000
site sq.m. 4,000
Widht
m. 21
Lenght
m. 150
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Terrel
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STAFF
 
Associate designers
North by North West
Design team
Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries with

Frans de Witte, Bertrand Schippan, Catherine Drieux, Victor Perez, Delphine Borg, Billy Guidoni
Systems
ICADE ARCOBA (Saint Denis, Paris, FR)
Sustainability
Alto (Paris, FR)
Geotechnical
Fugro Geotechnique (Nanterre, FR)
Acoustical consultant
AVLS (Orsay, FR)
Consultant
Spooms [Kitchen]
Safety coordination
Casso (Paris, FR)
Quantity surveyor
Vanguard (Paris, FR)
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Philippe Ruault
Drawings © MVRDV
Text edited by MVRDV
Courtesy of MVRDV

MVRDV North by North West Pushed Slab Paris



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