Dans un immeuble ancien, au cœur du village piétonnier de la Butte-aux-Cailles que les nombreux cafés et restaurants rendent particulièrement apprécié des Parisiens. Ses deux rues principales, la rue de la Butte-aux-Cailles et la rue des Cinq-Diamants se peuplent dès le début de soirée d'une foule d'étudiants et de jeunes. A 100m du métro place d’Italie.
Le studio pour 4 personnes a été totalement rénové en 2012. La pièce principale, au rez-de-chaussée donnant sur une rue pavée très calme, comporte un canapé-lit (matelas 140x190cm), une table et 4 chaises, devant une télévision écran plat 32', avec lecteur CD/DVD et radio. Le lit-armoire double (matelas 150x200cm, sommier à lattes) se replie dans la journée pour gagner de la place.
Cuisine avec table de cuisson, four, micro-ondes, lave-vaisselle et réfrigérateur.
Salle de bain avec douche et lave-linge.
WC séparés dans l’appartement.
Wifi haut-débit gratuit
Draps et serviettes sont fournis
Option garage à 45 euros
Lucky 13: The unsung arrondissement you need to visit in Paris
By Mary Winston Nicklin December 29, 2016
A stone street rises with the hilltop on which the Butte-aux-Cailles neighborhood, which is full of street art, is built in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. (Mary Winston Nicklin)
It’s a chilly October night — so cold that my breath is a cloud of steam — and I’m going swimming outside in Paris. That’s right: It’s now possible to do laps en plein air, year-round, in the French capital. I take the plunge and join the late-night swimmers in the Butte-aux-Cailles neighborhood. Floating on my back in the glowing turquoise pool, I can actually see stars in the sky above and peer into apartment windows where residents sip wine over simmering stovetops. Teeth chattering — but totally energized — when I sprint for my towel, I share a laugh with the grinning lifeguard, who is wrapped in a puffy jacket. “Just wait for January!” he says.
Heated by the energy captured from data centers, the “Nordic pool” in the Butte-aux-Cailles is an example of innovation in the neighborhood I call home: the unsung 13th arrondissement. Please allow this proud resident to sing its virtues; you can’t come to understand the Paris of today without spending time in the dynamic and creative 13th.
The city is divided into 20 arrondissements, or districts, that famously resemble a snail spiraling out from the first arrondissement center, the historic heart dominated by the Louvre museum and the Tuileries gardens. Far from these well-known landmarks, the untouristed 13th district stretches southeast along the Left Bank, sandwiched between the Seine and the ring road of the Boulevard Périphérique — the Parisian Beltway. Today, the 13th has a population of 171,533, on par with Providence, R.I., and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The 13th is also home to a Chinatown — concentrated around high-rise towers on avenues d’Ivry and Choisy.
“The 13th looks to be the arrondissement of innovation,” says Mayor Jérôme Coumet, who was born and raised here.
A hilltop enclave
The 13th came into existence in 1860, when the city — undergoing a seismic urban revolution under Baron Haussmann — expanded by annexing neighboring villages. While Haussmann demolished disease-infested medieval quarters to make way for grand boulevards, the Butte-aux-Cailles remained unscathed. In fact, many victims of the wide-scale urban renewal moved here. A warren of cobblestone alleyways clinging to a hilltop, the Butte-aux-Cailles has retained the feel of a village from the last century: hidden courtyards, artists studios and two-story houses with flowering window boxes. It’s a vibrant place with buzzing sidewalk cafes, bars and independent boutiques, including a honey shop managed by a local beekeeper.
This is where the world’s first manned hot-air balloon flight successfully landed and a bloody battle took place in 1871 between the insurrectionist Commune de Paris and Versailles forces. (Today the Association des Amis de la Commune de Paris organizes an annual block party in commemoration.) Less than a half-mile downhill, glorious tapestries were woven for the French monarchs at the Manufacture des Gobelins. Traditionally, this was a quartier populaire, a working class district, humming with industry. In the 19th century, pastoral windmills were replaced with tanneries, limestone quarries, and dye works. La Bievre — a tributary to the Seine that winds through the neighborhood — became so polluted that it was completely paved over by 1912.
One of the colorful murals on Rue Buot in Butte-aux-Cailles. (Mary Winston Nicklin)
The Butte-aux-Cailles pool — filled with water sourced from an artesian well — is one of the oldest in Paris (1922-1924) and a designated historic monument. It also now is a symbol of the city’s bold environmental policy. “Pools are the most energy-consuming equipment in the Parisian park system,” explains Jean-François Martins, deputy mayor in charge of tourism and sports, “so to achieve the city’s goal of reducing our overall energy consumption by 25 percent by 2020, we must also focus our efforts there. It appeared that this solution — allowing us to recover the heat produced by data centers — was a major innovation.”
In the same era when Haussmann rebuilt Paris, the banks of the Seine in today’s 13th arrondissement were crammed with factories (sugar, molasses, charcoal, leather, and ironworks). Left derelict after the departure of industry, this 340-acre district known as “Paris Rive Gauche” is undergoing Paris’s biggest urban regeneration project since Haussmann. And the architecture alone is worth a visit.
To get a better sense of this epic transformation, I play the tourist in my own back yard and take a walking tour with Architecture de Collection, a real estate agency specializing in remarkable buildings from the 20th and 21st centuries.
“In the last 20 years, Paris Rive Gauche has become a university and cultural pole, economic center and lively neighborhood — all at the same time,” says Delphine Aboulker, the agency’s director.
Some of the world’s top architects were recruited to design the buildings, of which 50 percent are for public housing. A stroll affords the chance to ogle landmarks by the likes of Christian de Portzamparc, Jean Nouvel, Norman Foster, Jean-Michel Wilmotte and Frederic Borel.
It all started with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the National Library. Standing out like a beacon on the Left Bank, the BNF was designed by architect Dominique Perrault (1990s) to resemble four open books surrounding a garden with the same dimensions as the Palais Royal. Planted with towering trees from Normandy, this garden thus pays homage to the medieval cloister, while the esplanade mirrors the size of the Place de la Concorde. From this vast wood deck, you can peer down into the garden and spy falcons soaring between the trees. The adjacent MK2 multiplex is one of my favorite places to catch a movie, and my young daughters love to watch the Seine’s boat traffic from high above the river.
Built in the 1990s, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (the National Library) was designed to resemble four open books surrounding a garden with the same dimensions as the Palais Royal. (Mary Winston Nicklin)
The BNF is the center of Paris Rive Gauche. From here as we walk, my guide reveals quiet green spaces and head-turning architecture. On the Avenue de France, the M6B2 tower was imagined by architect Edouard François as a plant-covered high-rise with innovative seed diffusion to aid in the neighborhood’s biodiversity. And “The Nest” — which, true to its name, was created by Marseille-based architect Rudy Ricciotti with a facade covered in wood “sticks.” Many of these buildings pay homage to the neighborhood’s industrial history. The old industrial flour mill called the “Grand Moulins de Paris” was transformed into a university hub by Riccioti. He proudly preserved the Brutalist structure, which he dubbed “the Quasimodo of concrete.” Likewise, “Les Frigos” was abandoned as a refrigerated freight depot after Paris’s biggest wholesale market moved from Les Halles to Rungis outside the city. Occupied as an artists squat starting in the 1980s, Les Frigos is today an emblematic artistic hub with coveted studios and exhibition space.
A start-up ecosystem
An anchor of this district is the Halle Freyssinet — a gargantuan railway yard built by the engineer (Eugène Freyssinet) who pioneered the use of prestressed concrete. Under threat of demolition for years, this cavernous space will soon house the largest start-up incubator in the world. Station F is the brainchild of billionaire Xavier Niel, founder of the telecommunications company Free, who is investing 250 million euros in the project.
“Our goal with Station F is not only to create the largest start-up campus in the world but also to create a space that houses an entire start-up ecosystem under one roof,” explains Roxanne Varza, its director. “It’s a truly ambitious project that puts France and Europe at the forefront of the international start-up map.”
Scheduled to open in early 2017, Station F will welcome 1,000 start-ups with entrepreneurs from all over the world. Measuring nearly three football fields in length, the Halle has three naves supported by graceful concrete arches that are so thin they couldn’t be reproduced today. Renowned architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte has retained the concrete bones of the building and these graceful vestiges pioneered by Freyssinet.