High Garden to redefine Parisian suburbia

Architecture practice, Hamonic+Masson & Associes have reimagined a new suburban Paris through a neighbourhood development design, titled “High Garden”.

Their design was the winning entry in the Inventons la Metrople du Grand Paris 2 Competition. It proposed a metropolitan-scaled architecture on one of the sites proposed within the greater city area.


In their response to the brief, the design is to be a dynamic neighbourhood in a new eco-district.

The mixed-use development is situated approximately 8km west of the city, and aims to bring to life this sector to improve the surrounding population’s quality of life. A new metro station will be built as part of the Grand Paris Express development, in turn creating a new dimension for the town.

High Garden combines housing and nature, re-imagining balconies as green areas and suspended gardens. The architects have introduced a tunnel system meaning nature can develop vertically from flower boxes. The housing project is also home to a communal roof garden measuring 400 square metres, with greenhouses and plant containers for growing a variety of fruit, vegetables and flowers.

The notion of communal space continues on the ground floor in the central public square of the design which is home to a suspended building. As the team states, “public space emerges between the structure’s supporting poles where various interactions and uses emerge, creating an active space underneath the project. A bar nestles up above, suspended in a “cloud.” Here users can take in the structure’s shimmering patterns produced throughout the day, and enjoy a more intimate atmosphere in the evening. A panoramic restaurant emerges from the cloud in a warm, wooden atmosphere. The glazed façade can be opened completely, allowing the surrounding landscape to penetrate this space.” A fully accessible terrace is sited at the top of the structure as another public space. This viewpoint has a panoramic outlook and can be a space to host events such as concerts and exhibitions.

For more information please visit Hamonic+Mason & Associes

Images by YAM Studio courtesy of Hamonic+Mason & Associes

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