Location: Villas des Vignoles, 20e Arrondisement, Parijs
Design: Edouard Francois, Paris
Eden Bio, a housing block in Paris, combines living and working programme. Gardening and the use of green collective spaces are main themes for architect Francois Edouard. For giving this project the right ecological foundation, Edouard Francois has installed a thick layer of organic soil. Plants were selected that had the ability to prosper independently in this system. This is how a self-maintaining ecosystem has been created in the heart of the Paris metropolis. After a while, the selected species will mix up with new breeds, hence the name Eden Bio. The undeveloped grapevines and flowerboxes that are planted in front of the dwellings will grow and camouflage the buildings during the years.
Edouard Francois' goal in his work is the conception of new, strong ecosystems, which will attract new species. For this purpose Edouard in each project starts with investigation the quality of the subsoil and the possibilities that it offers for the development of local sorts of vegetation and animals. According to Francois' future, the human being will be indissoluble intertwined again with his natural habitat. In Eden Bio, this main thought has been established most rigorously thus far.
One hundred dwelling units and artist ateliers are situated around a inner street. From the main street, the dwellings hide behind a wooden gate and a small collective front garden. In front of the windows flowerboxes are erected in order to increase the 'home sweet home' perception, which is also typical for the projects by Francois. Every dwelling is distinguished from each other by colour and a specific material used in the facade, while a layer of red roof tiles is preserving unity. Green architecture is not the purpose but a remedy for strengthening the identity of the neighbourhood. The collective garden is a shared responsibility, and plays an important social role for the residents. It provides engagement with the public and collective spaces in the neighbourhood and makes people aware of ecosystems and their role/position within such systems.