Photo: laisné roussel et SO-IL (Weiss images)
Jing Liu (A ’04) and her firm SO – IL in collaboration with Laisné Roussel architects won Paris’s Reinventer La Seine competition for the Place Mazas site. Reinventer La Seine is a call for projects for various locations along the Axe Siene, “to invent new ways of living, working and travelling on and along the water.” Place Mazas is an underused site located at a strategic intersection of future development.
The team’s winning proposal, L’Atelier de l’Arsenal, integrates Place Mazas into the historical fabric of Paris while presenting a new, flexible urban strategy.
More on the project from a SO – IL press release:
“The proposal features three new public spaces; a seven-story wood structure with co-living and social housing units; and a building that will accommodate public facilities including co-working spaces, a fabrication lab, and a multi-purpose room for cultural activities. An exterior terrace will offer ample views to the river and the Parisian cityscape.
Our design also incorporates Aurore, a homeless facility already established on site. It hosts space for the Yacht Club of Bastille as well as new waterfront activities, like a public swimming pool and pools for biodiversity research and water quality monitoring.
L’Atelier de l’Arsenal integrates into the urban landscape and gives the public a new access to the site. It is a collaborative effort between architects, developers, program consultants, and residents that is built on community.”