L35 reinventing Paris

Paris, 10.02.2016


“ITALIK”, L35's proposal for the Italie site in the 13th arrondissement, is one of the winners of “Réinventer Paris”, an architectural competition organised by the city's council for the urban regeneration of 23 sites across the French capital.


Barcelona, February 9th, 2016. - Architecture studio L35 has conceived an innovative participatory urban project, with contributions from neighbours and local associations. The proposal envisages a reconfiguration of the public areas adjacent to the existing building, by integrating these spaces and improving accessibility. The highlight of the intervention is the creation of a large linear building on what is currently public space beside the Avenue d’Italie.

The new construction has a wide, double-height glass façade and the roof is partially covered by volumes of various shapes and heights which create spaces for new business initiatives and a kindergarten. The rest of the roof is designed for the installation of urban allotments, with the aim of encouraging social participation in eco-friendly education projects.

A collaborative project

Under the slogan “Faire mieux et autrement” (do better and do differently), we are gathered here as architects, operators, users, neighbours, artists, designers, start-ups, etc., to create a project which is both collaborative and pioneering, not only in its design and construction choices, but also in the way its innovative program, management models and use of spaces encourages social integration and synergies.
The exchange of ideas with residents and locals associations has been very positive and productive. Conceiving a project in tandem with the people who will actually be using these new spaces in the future is very gratifying and a valuable experience for future urban projects.

The team for the Italik project

Architectural concept design: L35 Architects
In collaboration with: Ory & Associés architects
Operator: Hammerson SAS
Promoter: Autres Attitudes Urbaines
Program and Team: Lafi, Greenaffair, Bet, Dal, économiste / Topager, Arter, Paris Initiative Entreprise, Ecole de l’image Gobelins, Mom’Atre, Season 360, Vel’Air, Noctis

Réinventer Paris, a project from the mayor Anne Hidalgo

The ITALIK project came from the urban regeneration initiative led by Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris. At the end of 2014, Hidalgo started a large transformation project for the city by launching one of the most ambitious international architecture competitions in recent times: Réinventer Paris.

The call focused on 23 sites of various types, spread right across the city. The aim is to reinvent and transform those spaces by giving them a new life. Réinventer Paris places the city at the vanguard of innovation.

The competition received more than 800 proposals from studios all over the world, and an international jury of town planning experts examined all the projects before selecting a winner for each of the 23 sites.