Origami XXL in Paris showcases Yuma 2525 Sablé ―
In the vanguard of contemporary architecture, the new Clichy-Batignolles neighborhood in the 17th Arrondissement of Paris is a field of architectural innovation displaying increased environmental awareness, in the framework of the Plan Climat de Paris policy. The new Origami XXL project includes 121 houses available to buyers and renters, combined with two retail spaces. The 8564 m² compound provides 3-story urban houses, a 7-story building, and a 15-story tower, in other words 50 meters of a new urban landmark, set up like the mast of a ship.
The project bears the hallmark of its design process, resulting from workshops between the contractor, the planning authorities, and the two architectural firms Itar and Fresh: diversity and cohabitation are its trademarks. Lot O6B in the Clichy-Batignolles quarter accommodates a new XXL origami design, a product of the dialogue between the two architectural firms, Fresh and Itar, for two contracting authorities, Ogic and Demathieu Bard Immobilier, hired here to reinvent housing typologies.
The rigged shape of the tower, folded like a sheet of origami, allows the creation balconies which do not stand out from the overall building geometry, and channels the gaze of the inhabitants to the great urban landscape which is Paris and its famous landmarks: on the Martin Luther-King Park and the higher-level court to the north, on the Défense to the west, on the Eiffel tower to the south and on Montmartre to the east.
For the lower buildings, a brick cladding has been applied throughout, complemented with metal details. The tower, however, stands out as a tall, angular volume, coated in a bold, shimmering shade of gold. The architects chose Yuma 2525 Sablé by AkzoNobel Powder Coatings to dress the metal components of the Origami XXL, generating a striking effect which establishes a direct conversation with its surrounding landmarks, in a city which is not shy in the display of opulence, or architectural innovation.
Yuma 2525 Sablé is a fine textured Superdurable powder coating with a matt natural golden shade and a discreet metallic shimmer, appearing almost smooth from close inspection. Evoking the white-golden color of the sand of the Yuma Desert in Arizona, it belongs to the metallics colors range of AkzoNobel Powder Coatings, featured in the Futura Collection.
The Origami XXL, complete in 2018, has received many prestigious awards for its innovative architecture: The Trophée béton Pro 2019, ADC Awards 2019, Pyramide d’argent 2018, and Logement et Territoires 2018. Further, it has received a special mention at Duo@Work 2018, and it was nominated for the AMO Prize 2018, in the “Most Creative Typology” category.