Project: House of Egypt / Paris, France
Program: Student housing, multipurpose room
Competition team: Parc architectes (Architect) – Z-Ds (Architect) – EDEIS – Praxys – ZEFCO –ACV – BMF

Client: House of Egypt association
Status: Competition 2019


The site of the house of Egypt is exceptional. Located in the university city and on the edge of the peripheral boulevard, the residence will benefit, as rarely in Paris, from an unobstructed view of a park and a panorama facing south. The project makes the most of this singularity of the place with its triangular shape. It minimizes the frontage surface exposed to noise from the device and maximizes its opening on the side of the unobstructed views above the device and towards the sun.



The building is designed as the superposition of open plan as a landscape. Students from Egypt will discover unusual perspectives on Paris. The open plans offer different situations as you go up the floors. On the ground floor and on the first floor, we take advantage of the gardens. The hall and the great hall open under the purple beech. The student foyer overlooks the west garden. From the third floor, the kitchens offer an autonomous reunion place suspended in the corolla of the big tree and above the ring road. On the fourth and fifth floors, a loggia to the west provides an outdoor location at sunset. Each studio has a large picture window. Inside, the organization is freely adaptable thanks to a set of movable lockers that can be used for storage, seat or shelf.



The light and the presence of the sun will be one of the factors that will change the daily life of Egyptian students the most. Circulations were particularly worked so that the light slips into the heart of the building. Three staircases wind up like "the magical stairs of Chambord's Castle" to serve all the floors. At the top of the stairs, a glass roof lets in the sun's rays. One of the three is glazed to allow light to diffuse. Each corridor opens outwards.
To adjust their relationship with light and the sun, tenants can adjust the luminous ambiance of their studio with a rolling shutter made of blue painted wooden slats. This blue was chosen as a color integrated into Egyptian culture. Indeed, the ancient Egyptians are considered to be the inventors of this color. They were the first to have successfully produced and mastered it to make objects, decorations and works of art. Blue also echoes the sky and the water, highlighting the largely glazed facade and its climatic relationship to the atmosphere.


The house of Egypt is an intriguing building. Positioned on the edge of the ring road, this installation, which is both unique, technical and acclimatized, responds to neighboring buildings, to the new residence for researchers, to the house of the Avicenna Foundation or to the house of Korea ... Its basic form triangular creates a disturbance in the perception of its facades which appear like large screens on the ring road and on the park of the university city. Its shutters give it a changing appearance depending on the sun, seasons and uses. Finally, the internal complexity of its plan, its staircases and its functional appendages recalls the access systems to the rooms hidden in the pyramids. The architecture of the house of Egypt will assert in Paris a position both ancestral and fully contemporary.