Charenton-Bercy Redevelopment

Located in a former industrial zone on the eastern edge of Paris, the Charenton-Bercy district is one of 52 sites that make up the Grand Paris development plan for the wider metropolis. SOM led the creation of a master plan to transform Charenton-Bercy into a highly connected urban district, in support of the broader government initiative to link Central Paris with its suburbs.

The redeveloped district will feature a 180-meter-tall tower designed to achieve net-zero energy, as well as a low-rise circular building that will form the heart of a new tech hub for Paris. With a focus on virtual reality technology, this innovative structure will bring together a community of designers and developers for VR, AR, CGI, animation, and video games. Together with the hotel and residential tower, the wider district will include a new primary school, a public pool, a fitness center, and a network of outdoor public spaces. A landscaped garden bridge will cross above active rail lines to connect the district to its broader urban context, from the Bois de Vincennes to the River Seine.

The mixed-use skyscraper at the center of the district will feature "inside-outside" loft-style apartments, which represent a new model for living in Paris. At the same time, the building's layout evokes the typical Parisian townhouse, with residential entrances situated within a central garden courtyard. The high-rise will be carefully integrated into the center of the district, surrounded at ground level by low-rise buildings, retail galleries, open-air cafés, and a new public plaza.

The development has a highly sustainable agenda: in addition to key buildings targeting net-zero energy, a third of the site is reserved for green space, while a further third will be occupied by buildings with green roofs. The district is also envisioned to become one of the first to be accredited with the WELL Community Standard? by supporting health and well-being through inclusive, integrated and resilient design.