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Hoffice reveals Parisian apartment block plans

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Emerging practice Hoffice, founded by ex-Zaha Hadid architect Stephane Hof, has revealed designs for a new housing scheme in central Paris

Dubbed the Cross house, the project at the rear of Place des Vosges will replace an existing factory building, bridging two existing structures with a six-story residential unit containing five apartments and a small garden.

The design includes an abstract pattern which morphs as it is stretched across the building’s façade. This frontage is composed of two layers: a curtain wall and a perforated concrete skin.

According to the London-based practice, the perforation on the outer skin ‘creates an impression of tension: in the horizontal dimension from one side of the building to the other, and in the vertical dimension between the earth and the sky’.

The entrance is created by ‘lifting the surface like a theatre curtain’ and ”enticing the visitor in to the third dimension’.

Previous work includes a water drop viewing tower in Cheongna, Korea and the Pierres Vives building in Montpellier, France.

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