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Moatti-Rivière : 90 logements et bureaux

Offices and housing are two very different typologies. If the transformation of the former into the latter is already complex at the individual level, sometimes giving rise to sublime lofts, the rehabilitation of an entire building can prove to be a real headache. A challenge brilliantly picked up by the Moatti-Rivière agency.

Today, when designing a project - a fortiori an office building - the architects are thinking about a possible future change of destination, a problem of sustainability requires. As a result, buildings are more easily reversible. This was not quite the case in the 1970 years ... It is this difficulty that struck the agency Moatti-Rivière, designated to rehabilitate part of this construction - belonging to a larger group forming an A-plan - located at Charenton-le-Pont (94), along the Quai des Carrières.

To carry out the requested transformation, the project managers have had to confront several questions: "How to put the human in the center of a prefabricated concrete office architecture? How to offer each inhabitant a form of individuality from a repetitive facade? How to insert custom homes in such a thick structure? " Determined to solve the equation, they first chose to enlarge the small patio located in the heart of the island, demolishing part of the buildings that bounded the perimeter. By greening the place and replacing the courtyard facades with wooden ones, isolated from the outside and equipped with balconies, they have managed to create an atmosphere both more intimate and more user-friendly, in short, more domesticated.

Side quays, the existing is also reviewed and corrected: the old windows succeed loggias wooden. A modification involving a slight loss of interior space certainly, but sparing the appearance of small balconies conducive to the appropriation of places by future inhabitants. Finally, it should be noted that the mix of uses contributes to the dynamism of the whole, since 2 500 square meters of offices, located in an adjoining wing, have also been renovated by the team of Moatti-Rivière. The proof that some negligence of yesterday can still be caught up today.

Project title : 90 housing and offices
City, Country: Charenton-le-Pont (94)
Owner: Real Estate 3F
Mastery of work : Moatti-Rivière agency
Area : 7 000 m2 (slots) + 2 500 m2 (offices)
Cost of works: 16 300 000 € HT
Calendar : 2016 delivery

Photographs: Michel Denancé

The project is selected for les ArchiDesignclub Awards 2018 in the Mixed Program category

To learn more, visit ArchiDesignclub the Awards site et from Moatti-Rivière

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