Located in Issy-les-Moulineaux, "Le Rack" is a true oasis in the middle of the bustling city. This “vertical village" consists of housing and shops inserted into an open greenhouse that incorporates more than 3,000 square metres of terraces and gardens.
Following MVRDV's competition entry La Serre, the opportunity arose to develop a second project, on a different site, that further built on the design principles established in that first project.
In Le Rack, each apartment will have an outdoor space and more than 25% of the living area of the building is devoted to terraces and balconies, resulting in an average of 8 m² of outdoor space per inhabitant.
By means of stairs and footbridges, a collective route is created that connects all shared spaces throughout the project, from the ground-floor public space, to terraces, an “urban window”, and the rooftop. This route promotes the active use of these floating garden, creating a sense of togetherness among residents.
The vertical garden contains 75% native plant species, which are carefully selected with consideration to their height on the building and the orientation to the sun. In addition, bio-based and low-carbon materials are incorporated in order to protect urban fauna and foster biodiversity.
- Founding partner in charge
- Director MVRDV France
- Design team