THE CLOUDS

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Residential Architecture
Firm LocationParis, France
CompanyPetitdidierprioux Architectes
Lead ArchitectPETITDIDIERPRIOUX
Design TeamVincent PRIOUX Cédric PETITDIDIER
ClientNEXITY

Entirely clad in bricks, THE CLOUDS marks
the completion of the surrounding
ecodristrict, offering a reinterpretation of
Paris courtyards that connects Rue des
Cévennes with the park that lies in the
centre of the district.
The design of the project offering 109
apartments within the Boucicaut area relies
on two solutions to lessen the impact of the
project’s high density:

- Stretching across the project is a
courtyard, surrounded by four facades
(windows open mainly onto kitchens, bedrooms
and a few bathrooms), much like traditional
Paris courtyards. This space is as much a
public space for pedestrians by day as a
garden serving each entrance on the lot. Its
dimensions and proportions provide excellent
ventilation and allow sunlight to flood the
courtyard all day long.

- The bulk of the programme is contained
within the boundaries set by two strips
running perpendicular to Rue des Cévennes
and materialized by two solid brick
buildings, consistent with the area’s
architectural vocabulary. The two strips are
linked together at both ends by two
suspended buildings, one facing the street,
the other facing the park, creating clusters
of interlocking blocks: the clouds.