FRANCE: the new hostel generation is coming to Paris
In spring 2013, the Paris-Pajol Youth Hostel opened its doors, located in the heart of an eco-neighbourhood. This is an ambitious and exemplary project in terms of durability, which is led by the council of Paris and the French National Association, FUAJ.
This new Youth Hostel is less than a 5 minute walk from the Gare du Nord and very close to the Gare de l'Est and is less than 2 hours from the other European capitals. With this hostel, FUAJ wants to affirm its intention to make its network of Youth Hostels into lively spaces, which are well integrated in the city and can welcome young people from all over the world.
The first eco-district in Paris!
The project, which was initiated in 2004 and conducted by the city of Paris, along with the Council of the 18th arrondissement and SEMAEST, involves the rehabilitation and conversion of the Pajol Hall, dating from 1926. It was then used as a place where freight and parcels were unloaded from trains. Located in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, the first eco-neighbourhood will encompass the hostel, a library and a covered garden. A true place of living, this project is part of a wider urban project, which will open up many new perspectives in terms of how to renovate cities. This innovative hostel building was designed by the architect Françoise-Helene Jourda, one of the few specialists in 'environmental architecture' in Europe. The architect decided to rehabilitate the structure of the station hall: stripped of its overloads, it has kept its characteristics but now covers the Youth Hostel. The hall, composed of sheds facing south, is covered with 3,400 m2 of photovoltaic panels, forming the largest urban solar plant in France, with a production of 380 MW/h.an.
The Youth Hostel, a low energy consumption building (BBC)
With a very elegant and light volume wood construction (walls and façades), the hostel has been labelled ‘BBC’. In addition to solar panels, 150 m² of thermal solar panels, coupled with a heat pump and a recuperation system for waste water, cover the Youth Hostel’s hot water needs. A mechanical ventilation double-flow can limit the exchange with the outside air, therefore minimising the required heat input to maintain a comfortable temperature. A Canadian well provides the refreshment in the halls and meeting rooms. As a result, this THPE (Very High Performance Energy Building) removes almost all of the heating needs when the building is occupied. Finally, rainwater is collected for watering the covered garden and open spaces.
International mobility and youth commitment: being a citizen of the world
Just a few steps from the Gare du Nord, the FUAJ Paris Pajol Youth Hostel is close to European cities: it offers a place to meet and exchange with travellers from all around the world who come to visit Paris. A convivial location, it encourages inter-cultural dialogue and everyone can discover a new place and meet people from different cultures. The Youth Hostel is also firmly focused on the local life of the Paris 18th arrondissement, its people and its associations. From the moment it has opened, it has 3 missions:
- Developing activities for young people in the Pajol neighbourhood
- To inform and educate travellers on the characteristics of the Youth Hostel, the BBC label and about sustainable development
- To promote cultural and tourist activities to travellers from the hostel
From sustainable development to HQE: at the heart of FUAJ’s commitment
The Paris-Pajol Youth Hostel is a part of FUAJ’s long-term project of sustainable development, both in social and environmental terms (H.Q.E). As early as 2010, FUAJ modernised its urban Youth Hostels (Grenoble and Rouen) by equipping them with green roofs and geothermal wells. Many hostels have also obtained the international Green Key label, which rewards accommodation for its environmental management. In parallel to this, more than a quarter of the FUAJ network will soon be HI-Q certified. By 2014-2015, the next re-opening of hostel in Lille, Montpelier, Clermont-Ferrand and Toulouse, will fully align with this process. Edith Arnoult-Brill, General Secretary of the FUAJ commented, “With the opening of the Paris-Pajol Hostel, FUAJ is committed to building a new generation of hostels. FUAJ pursues its mission: to work for a world more respectful of men, territories and environment, open to cultural diversity”.
This place will seduce you with its modern, clean lines, its green spaces and the location: just a few metro stops away from the most vibrant places of Parisian life as Montmartre, the Sacre Coeur, the Canal Saint-Martin. The right place to discover Paris from the Eiffel Tower to the Boulevard Haussmann with its department stores, the Garnier Opera, the Tuileries gardens that connect the famous pyramid of the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde.
Paris - Pajol YH Rue Pajol
Tel. 0033 1 53 26 97 92