Apartment building renovation and rooftop addition
Paris, FRANCE | 2017

Silvio d'Ascia Architecture - Croquis Rue Poussin

Status: Built

Client: Private commission
Team: Silvio d'Ascia Architecture
Scope: Full design services

Dates: 2015-2017
Surface: 720 m²
Cost: 1,1 M€

The project involves the renovation of the existing façade of an apartment, updating its aesthetic in a contemporary but sober way in order to include a rooftop addition. The result seeks to give a unified look for the building.

The composition of the existing elevation makes use of already in-place proportions, which then generate the forms and openings found on the three levels comprising the addition (floors 4-6). The rooftop element is revealed in a subtle way through the progressive enlarging of the façade's openings: the windows become gradually larger as one moves up. This variation in the elevation allows for an interplay between plein and vide.

The two top floors are characterized by an offset and are treated in a distinctive zinc cladding which recalls the aesthetic of the typical Parisian rooftop. The outdoor deck space also becomes a place for plantings, creating a sheltered patio area for apartment tenants. The patio is specifically covered by a vegetated trellis form and will be planted with indigenous species in order to ensure a vegetated environment year-round.