Aging Paris apartment to renovate its facade with wooden boxes

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Stéphane Malka’s newest work, Plug-in City 75, is gearing up to be one of the most unconventional buildings in Paris. The novel project will renovate an aging Paris apartment building by attaching wooden boxes to the facade, increasing living space for the residents and improving the building’s energy-efficiency.

Located in Paris’ 16th arrondissement, a stone’s throw from the Seine, the interior of the 1975-era apartment building in question currently looks gloomy and cramped, says Malka.

While the city’s building codes prohibit extending the building upward, extending it outward isn’t an issue, so the architect designed multiple prefabricated wooden boxes of varying size to increase living space and improve conditions for the residents.

The lightweight boxes will be prefabricated in a workshop from sustainably-sourced wood – presumably treated to increase durability – and mounted directly to the building’s facade.

Each occupant has the choice of what they want to use the new space for, such as a lounge, for example, and balconies and loggias will also be installed. The facade will be covered in greenery, too.