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88 new housing units to be built in southeast Paris

Kalei Residence 13 Paris new development

A wide range of property types will soon be built in the 13th district, in two new buildings containing apartments of all sizes, from studios to large family units, as well as shops and retail space.

Construction has begun on Vinci Immobilier’s versatile Kalei residence in Paris ‘ 13th arrondissement. The new property will contain a range of units, from studios to 5-bedroom apartments, all set in the upper floors of two new buildings offering panoramic views over the capital.

Kalei Residence 13 Paris new development

Kalei is expected to contain “an infinite combination of apartments, duplexes, balconies and rooftop terraces offering a unique collection of unobstructed views over central Paris and the river Seine,” with all apartments enjoying their own extended outdoor spaces and wide vistas.

Designed by architect studio Lambert.Lenack, the project is both residential and commercial, with the ground and first floors containing shops and offices. 88 housing units will occupy the remaining floors, with the top level decked with rooftop terraces.

Kalei Residence 13 Paris new development

Vinci Immobilier notes that the area is undergoing rapid expansion and concentrates a number of shops, offices and other activities, and the residence itself is located between two cultural landmarks, the Halle Freyssinet — an events center used for launches and high profile fashion shows, set in a former railway depot from the 1920s — and the Bibliothèque François Mitterand.

According to developers, the area in question “brings together French creativity in all its diversity and heritage” and there isn’t a block around that doesn’t contain a museum, educational center or the headquarters of a large creative company. Future residents will be able to cross the Seine using the nearby Simone de Beauvoir footbridge in order to access the Parc de Bercy and the Bercy Village shopping center.

The project includes an integrated work of art, a kaleidoscope landscape imagined by artists Berger & Berger, with the piece inspiring the name of the residence and set to occupy the gap between the two buildings and reflect a kaleidoscope image of the residence and its surroundings.

According to its website, “Kalei amazes, surprises and questions with its sleek architecture and elegant volumes,” offering “candid and harmonious rhythms marked by the regular succession of variously proportioned bay windows, balconies and terraces.”

Kalei Residence 13 Paris new development

Moreover, the project will include its fair share of digital innovation. A personalized simulator — using BIM (Building Information Modeling) — will allow buyers to estimate the major costs associated with their property and adjust them. A partnership forged with startup Intent Technologies may also allow for centralized data to optimize maintenance and building costs and provide clear and concentrated information to residents.

The Kalei residence is expected for completion in 2019.

Photo credit: Vinci Immobilier

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