Zoo Habitat 1
Zoo Habitat 1 – Description from OUALALOU+CHOI.
Residential complex of 113 units
Within the urban project proposed by OUALALOU+CHOI on the previous site of the city zoo, this housing project is the first of several large “ superblocks” to be developed on the site. Each building block harbors a portion of the greater park within its perimeter. Thus, the blocks collectively de-urbanize the site by creating extremely large parks within the boundaries defined by the buildings.
On the street side, the buildings present urban facades which distinguish one building from another in a vertical rhythm along the street. Continuous galleries on the ground level and a series of penthouses on the roof level establish a consistent urban profile. On the garden side, the buildings present a coherent language which unifies all the volumes into one harmonious background for the large communal park.