Xerjoff Magazine

Paris chooses sustainability


It used to be a rail depot located behind Saint Lazare Station, today instead Clichy-Batignolles is an elegant district of Paris designed according to eco-sustainable standards.

It was an area that was supposed to host the Olympic village for the 2012 Olympic Games, then assigned to London. We are talking about Clichy-Batignolles district in Paris, today at the heart of an ambitious project aimed at turning it into an eco-sustainable district. Some of the main contemporary architecture studios are involved in the project such as the Chinese MAD, the Portuguese Aires Mateus and the Italian It’s that, in partnership with the Austrian Baumschlager Eberle designed Enjoy, a green-energy buiding that, thanks to an about 1,900 sqm surface area made of solar panels on the roof, produces more electricity than it consumes. Clichy-Batignolles, that extends for a surface of 54 hectares, is a heterogeneous district with residential and commercial buildings, green areas and a strong focus on energy efficiency and emissions reduction.

Once completed it will host around 3,400 dwellings as well as offices and business spaces for over 12,000 people. At the centre of the neighbourhood is Park Martin Luther King, that thanks to its 10 hectares is the largest green area of the 17th city arrondissement. This huge green area was designed to highlight biodiversity and water management including wetlands and underground reservoirs for the collection and reuse of rainwater. Besides that, the park works as a cooling space within the urban environment.