French architect Stephan Malka designed 3BOX a cost-effective and ecological housing solution for Paris: modular bioclimatic units fill the gaps between existing buildings offering a new perspective on the city.
The housing units are now possible thanks to « la Loi Alur », a new legislation that allows urban enheightement. They do not require any lot acquisition, the rights to built is obtained in exchange for a common parts of the existing building’s renovation.
“We are able to propose a green housing solution 40% below the real estate market price, built without any nuisance in workshops, in extremely short time thanks to our patented panels and unique technique of prefabrication”.
These patents were achieved in collaboration with a team of ingeneers and specialists from Le Toits du Monde.
Nested on the edge of La Seine river in Paris, the independent modular units are made of a steel structure and gypsum board with the thermal insulation carried out from the outside. Each apartment features a green roof.
“3BOX project works against the urban sprawl that kills the social link. It’s also a contemporary way to discover new perspectives of the city, a new Paris above the horizon” says Stephane Malka to ArchiPanic.
“The economic crisis has disrupted the building sector. The process of architectural production is costly in time/money and increases the gap between architecture and the needs of citizens. Moreover, it is difficult to speak of “sustainability”when the act of building generates environmental degradation” says Stephan Malka.
“It is necessary to reconsider the city with the logic of transformation: through superposition, addition, and the extension of our built heritage. This means reclaiming territory in the marginalized areas of our cities, with projects that bear insurrection and civic mobilization”.