Haussmann: A model for sustainable architecture in Paris

Sustainable architecture in Paris

Sustainable architecture in Paris is a hot topic these days.

From renewable energy to climate change, many influences and pressures exist for new developments in the city.

But while modern city planners always seem to look to the future for up and coming trends, here in Paris, the answer could actually lie in the past.

Stepping back in time

You might not be familiar with the name Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann. Although you’ve certainly heard of his boss, Napoléon III.

It was under the orders of the French Emperor that Haussmann overhauled the city. From 1853 to 1870, he replaced the ‘unhealthy’ medieval neighborhoods with spacious boulevards, open squares and parks. He also added fountains and aqueducts.

Even long after his death in 1891, Haussmann’s influence continues into the 21st century. The elegant stone facades of the buildings with their wrought iron balconies epitomize Paris for many. This distinctive look is what makes the city so attractive to residents and visitors alike.

21st-century sustainability

150 years on, Paris retains many of Haussmann’s influences.

And coincidence or not, they are the characteristics of a modern sustainable city. For example, Paris is easy to navigate on foot. Being reasonably compact, it doesn’t use up too much natural land either.

The properties themselves boast many ‘sustainable’ features. Built around courtyards, they are well ventilated and let in natural light. Plus, being semi-detached keeps the buildings on both sides warmer and more energy efficient.

All are signature elements that modern urban planners still seek today.

Your own Haussmannian property

It’s estimated that around 60% of all buildings in Paris date from the years 1850 to 1914. That means they stem directly from the Haussmannian era.

So if the timeless lure of these properties interests you, there are plenty of choices.

There’s this quiet three-bedroom apartment on avenue Bosquet. Or who could resist this spacious apartment in the city’s famed Golden Triangle.

Or take a look at this grand three-bedroom apartment in the Rodin Museum area, which sits on the corner of a grand Haussmannian building.

By choosing a Haussmannian-era, 19th-century property, you’ll enjoy spacious rooms, high ceilings and original features such as fireplaces, parquet floors and ornate moldings. The classic image of a Parisian apartment. But with at least some of the sustainable features expected of a contemporary new-build home.

Expert, no-obligation advice

Whatever you’re looking for in the Paris real estate market, period or modern, our experts are always here to help.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team at 56Paris for free, no-obligation advice today.

 

Original photo: Dale Cruse

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