Sevran - Mixed use and housing building

Sevran, France


Predominantly consisted of villages and agricultural farms for a long time in the past, the territory has undergone profound transformations followed by the arrival of the railway and the construction of the Ourcq Canal in the first half of the 19th century. Since the beginning of the industrial era, large factories were established there along with the construction of the railway station. One of the most representative among them is the Westinghouse, founded in Sevran in 1891. This ensemble expanded the growth of the district of Freinville with its station and church, which became important elements of its identity. From the beginning of the 1980s, the fast deterioration of certain parts of the territory due to deindustrialization affected Sevran and forced the Westinghouse factory to close its doors in 1995. Extensive urban reform programs are being undertaken in the most difficult neighborhoods. Far from being homogeneous, the issues of the territory have recently been repositioned in a broader reflection based on the model of development of the Paris metropolis. The reconversion of this industrial site is a subject of a larger reflection on major issues for the territory.


The Westinghouse Freinville area is a vast territory, in the South-West district of the commune of Sevran. The proximity to the Ourcq canal and the Freinville station (T4 tram-train line) provides connectivity and accessibility for the project, resulting in a redefined urbanity and economy.

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Each building typology is distinguished by a diversity of volumes, proportions, functions and façades in order to accentuate the heterogeneity of the new district. To further diversify the neighborhood and the building types, different heights are adopted by different buildings. Building height increases from the suburban fabric to Westinghouse Boulevard, accentuating the notion of density. The blocks are positioned to optimize natural sunlight with buildings setbacks and visual porosity.


Public spaces and the new streets will be activated by various functions and programs along the Westinghouse Boulevard on the street level. The inner gardens within the blocks create buffer zones and articulate the transition between the animated public spaces and the calm residential spaces.


A series of urban thematic squares links the architectural components and structures the territory with green surroundings.



Lot I

The project includes four volumes, differentiated by two typologies: a simple block and a double block. The double block is declined from the simple one, showing a patio as a void. The configuration of the volumes generates both interior and external spaces, solids and voids, private spaces and public spaces.


The project consists of two distinct parts: a compact and dense part stretches from Westinghouse Boulevard to the public square and the playground. It includes a commercial floor on the street level with a mixity of housing above. The second volume is more punctual. Attached to the playground, it hosts a social housing.

Project Data

Program: Reconversion of the former Westinghouse Freinville industrial site in Sevran (93).

The project, part of a PUP (public/private partnership), is in a continuity of an urban study led by LIN. We took the opportunity to convert the wasteland of the former Freinville factory into a new district by defining new urban axes and creating quality public spaces that allow a certain density.

The project includes a mix of housing (senior residence, student and social flats, etc…), retail and underground carparks.

Project Status: Lot I completion September 2018, Lot III completion March 2019

Location: Sevran, Westinghouse Freinville, France

Client: Altarea Cogedim, 8 avenue Delcassé, 75008 Paris


Architects: LIN Architects Urbanists, Berlin/Paris: Finn Geipel, Giulia Andi

Philip König, Marie Othon, Caroline Borel, Sandra Badji (project managers), Lucia Sanchez, John Klepel, Daniel Nirnov, Quentin Bellecourt, Marie-Charlotte Zander, Marcin Szczodry, Marta Diez, Marta Kiwior, Mattis Krebs, Bruno Pinto Da Cruz, Camille Salomon, Oceane Reveillac, Ruud Van Gool, Sean Pepe, Clara Fonder, Corentin Schieb, Florent Lévêque, Thibaud Toussaint, Marie Bonnot, Joachim Bakary, Linda Ferretti

Landscape Architect: Bassinet Turquin Paysage

Service engineer: EPDC

Quantity surveyor: MEBI

AEMO: Prevention Consultants

Bureau de contrôle: BTP Consultants

Fire protection consultant: ADLC

Construction management: Bureau Michel Forgue Conseil

Construction planning management: AIA management

General contractor: Legendre (Lot III) MTR (Lot I- Macrolot)


Area: 32,400 m² SDP (10,700m² SDP lot I - 21,700 m² SDP lotIII)

Certificates: "Habitat & Environnement" Profil A (RT 2012), Effinergie +, Qualitel

Project Timeline:  2013 - 2019

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Lot I
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