Back in December 2018, the city of Paris, the city council of the 13th district, SEMAPA and the University of Chicago chose Icade’s project designed by the Franco-American architects Studio Gang (Chicago/NY/Paris) and Parc Architectes (Paris) to build a nearly 9,500-sq.m mixed-use project.
The University of Chicago, the City of Paris, the city council of the 13th district and Semapa chose the project led by Icade to house the university’s new centre in Paris. Overlooking the tracks of the Austerlitz station, Best of Both will include a research centre, library, auditorium, reception room and classrooms.
This 9,500-sq.m project, designed by the Franco-American architects Studio Gang and Parc Architectes, will also include a residence with around 86 low-cost ownership units as well as shops and local businesses, based on a mix of cultures from Chicago and Paris.
For housing units: BBCA (low-carbon building) label, BiodiverCity and NF Habitat HQE (living environment) certifications.
For the university: NF HQE certification for office buildings, “Excellent” rating; Bâtiment Biosourcé label (biosourced building), Level 3; LEED certification, Silver level; WELL label, Silver level.
Best of Both was designed using a demanding environmental approach and includes green terraces and balconies as well as hanging and rooftop gardens, which create biodiversity areas at every level of the building.