Behind this frontage, where it joins the future secondary school for plot A, there is another reference to the urbanism of Paris and this part of the city in particular: the private road, lined with family homes or the residential centre of the plot. Here, there are fifteen properties in an apartment block built over three storeys, plus lofts, offering a more secluded, quieter urban environment, enlivened by external loggia-type extensions which are partially open and private, with the spaces between them intricate wooden cladding which mirrors the cycle of light and shade throughout the day.
These two projects in the block are separated by a zig-zag pathway, interspersed with a scattering of silver birch trees. The buildings are connected by a porch on the eastern side, a connection which leaves 2 levels open. To reflect the introspective nature of the centre of the block, the garden is accessed via the corridors which cross Rue Marcel Bontemps. Cross over to reach the various different stairwells in the narrow building at the end of the plot. Surrounded on either side by these white-metal and wooden-clad architectural creations, the eye is continually drawn: to the sky revealed between the sloping roofs, to the alley running east-west and ending in the porch, to corridors and loggias which reveal glimpses of the road: despite its obvious and notable density, these windows allow the block to look out at its surroundings.
With quality internal and external spaces for everyone, a variety of architectural designs and many different types of apartments, it is a generous proposition for tenants on modest incomes. Overlooking the development, embedded in its surroundings, integrated into the site, the buildings of block A5b provide the residents with a cultural, aesthetic and local landmark, providing continuity of the wider project and a reflection on new social housing developments.