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Moussavi wins major housing competition in Paris

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Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA) has seen off French practices LAN and Brenac & Gonzalez to win the competition to design a new residential complex in Paris

The win secures Moussavi her first major project since leaving Foreign Office Architects (FOA) and setting up her own practice in June this year. The 11,430 m2 development will also mark Moussavi’s debut in Paris.

The building forms part of La Parvis Jardin de l’Arché, a large urban renewal project linking the la Défense financial district and les Terrasses de Nanterre. The development also includes a new Arena Stadium and hotel designed by architects RIADH (De La Hoz, Cottrell, Michelangeli).

The FMA design provides 7,500m2 of dual aspect residential units, 2,930m2 of student accommodation and 1,000m2 of retail space. Each floor is rotated by two degrees from the one below to produce oblique balconies and loggias.

According to the practice ‘these oblique exterior spaces will enjoy uninterrupted views down the path of the historic La Grande Axe.’

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