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Architecture as Narration

Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia

A sketch of Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia’s project for the residential complex “Urbagreen” in the Île de France region in Romainville (Paris) captures the spirit and character of the new development. In this cross-sectional view, two stepped volumes on either side of a stepped slope seem to rise up out of the green parkland below.

In the stepped gap between the buildings, a swarm of colored butterflies flutter up from the park towards the sky. Apart from the fact that the butterflies are man-made, the sketch sums up the thinking behind the new complex: to build a new piece of the city and create a seamless continuity from the park to the south into the surrounding urban fabric. The empty space of the inner court seems to have it dictated the shape of the two buildings around it (rather than the other way around). The larger volume to the west, stretches...

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