Courbes : Revamping the Urban Fabric of 1980s

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Courbes by Christophe Rousselle Architecte

ZAC Charles de Gaulle in Colombes has initiated an urban renewal program which includes the Courbes Project. The urban fabric of the neighborhood dates back to the 1980s-90s combining the architecture of  Bungalows and apartments that makes the place easy to recognize. This project has led to the genuine transformation of the neighborhood considering its high proximity to the La Defense business district.

Courbes by Christophe Rousselle Architecte
Courbes by Christophe Rousselle Architecte

The Courbes Project is composed of two buildings with double-heightened and large shops on the ground floor. The upper floors reflect visual lightness due to the flexibility of their interlocking volumes. The presence of setbacks on every floor impacts the building height envelope and floor plan. It also facilitates rich volumes aligning with the surroundings.

Courbes by Christophe Rousselle Architecte
Courbes by Christophe Rousselle Architecte

A pedestrian alleyway is created with over 30 parasol pines lined together which is beneficial for the core of the city. The residential unit is cladded with stainless steel which magnifies the approach towards greenery and light within the block. The 134 apartment project directs the entry to the town and every apartment has its own identity with varying molded volumes. The Courbes project aims to create a dense neighborhood catering to the comfort of all at the same time.

Courbes by Christophe Rousselle Architecte

The design of each floor is in accordance with the neighboring structures, the orientation of the floor, and the volumes above and below the floors. The balconies tone down the massive appearance of the building providing access to open sky exterior spaces. The project completion required over 2km of curved glazing.

Courbes by Christophe Rousselle Architecte

The average total area of exterior space available per apartment is 22 sq m. The quality of interior spaces is a considerable factor for the project despite it being situated in the second ring of Paris suburbs. The flooring for all the rooms in the Courbes Project and the common areas is done with solid oak parquet. The southern edge of the site gives access to the outside views through large full-height windows and broad terraces facing the south. These open spaces in the apartment provide an unobstructed view of the La Defense district.  

Fact Sheet

Project Name: Courbes

Location: ZAC Charles de Gaulle, Colombes

Total Area: 9071 sq m

Firm Name: Christophe Rousselle Architecte

Image Credits: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG, Takuji Shimmura

Written by Aastha Trivedi

Related Posts

10 quirky designers and their designs

10 quirky designers and their designs

Ever Wondered where can you spot a quirky place like never before? Well we have chosen some enchanting designs that will make you forget your pinterest boards. The quirkiest design from designers across India who experimented with notional design.


Maishaa brings products of premeium Egyptian cotton

Maishaa brings products of premium Egyptian cotton

Maishaa unveils products made of premium Egyptian cotton that will lure your guest to stay more. Bed linens with distinguish style creates an impact and enhance your style guide. Stay ttuned with this contemporary look brought to you by Maishaa

Architect Talks

Anubhav Gupta Executive Vice President and Chief Design Officer at Godrej Properties

‘The Trees in Vikhroli’ retaining the Greens

Meet Anubhav Gupta Chief Executive Officer Vikhroli, Chief CSR & Sustainability Officer, Godrej Properties. Founder – GPL Design Studio-  – a unique, multidisciplinary innovation engine which bridges the gap between architects and developers by creating a robust ecosystem for design,