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Stanhope Gate Architecture wins competition to design a major residential project in Paris suburb

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Stanhope Gate Architecture have won an invited competition to design a major residential scheme in the Quartier du-Parc in the Paris suburb of Serris, a new town in Seine-et-Marne. The Project is a joint venture between French residential developer NACARAT , a subsidiary of  construction conglomerate Rabot Duilleul and  Real Estate Development, a  Euro Disney  company . Stanhope Gate Architecture will work in collaboration with Paris based firm PCA who will act as executive Architects.

 The scheme is set to provide 90 housing units with commercial at street level, the site is  located opposite a new proposed cathedral and major precinct for the new town.  The community of Serris which is part of the new town of Val d’Europe Marne-la-Valee is home to a number of high profile projects by contemporary traditional Architects such as Leon Krier, Pier Carlo Bontempi , John Simpson and Maurice Culot.

 The Stanhope Gate masterplan for the site and the design of the buildings follow the principles of traditional urban design and the typology of the French Faubourg Urban Block , typical of the traditional urban centres. Faubourgs were originally suburban thoroughfares that led to town centres  with a mix of commercial and residential uses .

 The Architecture of the individual buildings are  based on the 18th and 19th century models and adapted to multifamily units.

This is a second win for Stanhope Gate who won a competition in 2015, to design similar scheme which is nearing completion.

Alireza Sagharchi, Principal of Stanhope Gate Architecture said: “The project represents our practice’s exploration of different building and urban design types to create a coherent urban block that forms the basis of successful city making. Our philosophy in creation of human scale urban environments of streets and squares and blocks that form the core of the traditional city continues to permeate our scheme for this site. Other proposals for this site may have put forward a single building, but we believe that the size and volume of the brief should not necessarily dictate the size of the built form .The streetscape of traditional faubourg buildings is seamlessly adaptable to the needs of integration of modern housing and commercial in a harmonious urban setting.

SImon Hurst