Architect Philippe Chiambaretta of PDA drew his inspiration from the imagery of travel for the Aeroville project, a shopping and recreational complex serving Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris and the towns of Roissy and Tremblay.
Aeroville stands in a location without a significant identity of its own, and so the architect created a project made up of fragmented blocks of different heights, like city blocks. The shopping area is built on a single level, with spaces arranged around an eight-shaped covered road.
Five vertical links with the parking lot along this long route are identified by widening of the road and higher ceilings. Natural lighting is provided by strip windows along the walls and a glass roof.
The pathways inside the complex extend outside, breaking the walls and forming jutting elements recalling airport walkways and offering panoramic views over the landscape and the planes.
Design: Philippe Chiambaretta (PCA)
Location: Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris - France
Images courtesy of PCA ph. Jean-Philippe Mesguen