IN FRANCE, WHOSE architectural history is largely based on stone, it has become increasingly common to construct buildings in wood. When KOZ Architectes were tasked with regenerating an old working-class district of northern Paris, they chose to employ pine and larch. The playful result – Tête en l’Air – is inspired by busy streetlife and has reinvigorated the social scene in the district.
Asymmetrically positioned wooden boxes protrude from the facade, giving the exterior a spontaneous character. The boxes also contribute to the unique layouts of the 30 apartments.«