Les Echelles du Baroque

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Les Echelles du Baroque
Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura Les Echelles du Baroque Paris02.jpg
General information
Type Residential
Location Paris, France
Coordinates 48°50′12.82″N 2°19′05.62″E / 48.8368944°N 2.3182278°E / 48.8368944; 2.3182278
Completed 1985
Design and construction
Architect Ricardo Bofill

Les Echelles du Baroque is a residential building complex of Paris.

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The project completed in 1985 by the international team Ricardo Bofill [1] Taller de Arquitectura was part of a renovation program in Paris 14th arrondissement, near Montparnasse train station. Within this sensitive context the respect to the configuration of the existing urban tissue demanded a specific architectonic vocabulary.

By applying the essence of baroque architecture [2] the façade is not a mere wall, it breaks the established rigidity imposed by the industrial building system and becomes a décor for the city.

In designing the buildings the team confronted two imperatives: to respect the urban [3] context and to obtain a formal relationship with the interior spaces of the project.

Les Echelles du Baroque consists of a building apartment surrounding a circular plaza which, by its axial condition, encloses the project perspectives; behind this space, two clearly differentiated apartment blocks define two additional plazas: one elliptical and the other amphitheatre-shaped.

The façades facing the elliptical plaza define an elliptical space as the Italian baroque plazas. For these façades the architectural team used a curtain wall with glass columns that add rhythm to the design and become the bow-windows of the apartments.

The three buildings contain 274 apartments over seven floors with a basement level for car park (300 cars). The ground floor contains apartments, shops, offices and workshops.

The geometry of the apartments is based on the combination of modules in plan. The basic apartment module is 65 sqm (3 bedroom apartment unit).

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