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CORE Architectures et studiokokumi : Compans

The Parisian agencies Core Architectures and studiokokumi are teaming up to rehabilitate an old shoe factory in two independent lofts. A new life given to a manufacturing building in the district of Mouzaia in the 19ème arrondissement which is anchored in the air of time while retaining its soul of yesteryear.

What used to be a shoe-making factory is being transformed, under the leadership of Core Architectures and studiokokumi, into two completely independent contemporary lofts. The project consists in transforming a single volume of 130 square meters into two separate entities, but whose flexibility would allow them to be reassembled if necessary.

Using the existing concrete structure as a vertical and horizontal frame, the rehabilitation tries to free itself from it, thus using the elements of the past of the exploited site without making it a battle horse. At the massive aspect of a factory, the builders prefer the lightness and endow the dwellings with multiple openings, whether zenithals like sheds or taking the form of bay windows. Only one word here: light! In order to reinforce this ethereal character conferred on the project, no supporting structure of the floors created is visible, integrating on the contrary brilliantly with the different architectural elements.

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Like two glass boxes suspended, the first levels welcome the rooms while the day rooms take place on the ground floor. The concrete floor and immaculate wall coverings support the omnipresence of natural lighting.

With a strong emphasis on environmental quality, homes benefit from sound and heat insulation made from healthy, environmentally friendly materials, paving the way for LEED certification.

Simple, but terribly effective!

To learn more, visit the website of Core Architectures and studiokokumi

Photographs: Marion Simon Lafleur

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