Choux de Créteil is a complex of 10 apartment buildings located in Creteil, a suburb of Paris. The unusual shape of the balconies gave it it’s name, which means ‘cauliflower’. While anyone would think that these buildings are quite recent, they were completed in 1974 and designed by Gérard Grandval a few years prior to their construction. There is no weird interior design, just the shape of the balconies that are made to offer exterior space and privacy at the same time. The buildings themselves are cylindrical, which makes the entire experience of living in such an apartment even more exciting.
The 10 cylindrical buildings are 15 stories high each, located in Creteil, Paris.
The project has been recognized as a ”Heritage of the 20th century” from the French ministry of culture.
At the time it was constructed, it was considered a clear symbol of the 1970s french architecture.
The living room of every apartment is placed next to the balconies, so that they get all the sunlight that enters the space.
The balconies are 2-meters-tall and there purpose was to evoke gardens and seasons.
The project was ordered in 1966 at an area that used to produce most of the vegetable that ended up in Parisian homes.
The previous usage of the space is what made the architect decide to design a structure that would have all the potential to stay close to nature.
In 1998 the municipality opted to upgrade the area, with the central sprout, largely dedicated to families of precarious means being rebuilt. Also, to encourage social intermixing, the leaders dedicated a fourth of the apartments to students.