Atelier GMD et Glenn Medioni : Le SyLon de Montmartre

A duo of Parisian friends in love with their city, seized in 2017 a business, between the Sacré-Coeur and Pigalle. The premises then became Le SyLon de Montmartre - a coffee shop offering sweet and savory dishes with quirky tastes. Carried out by the GMD workshop in association with the Glenn Medioni agency, the project combines the brutality with the elegance of the Haussmann style.

Staggered. A recurring state of mind in Carine and Pascal, which is first translated by the name of the coffee shop, condensed from the first syllables of the words Sydney and London, two inspiring cultures for the two friends. The name's crossword puzzle served as a major source of inspiration for the renovation of their business. Driven by a taste for innovative concepts, Atelier GMD associated with the Glenn Medioni agency - both specialized in interior architecture - then strives to reflect the identity of their clients in a sustainable and qualitative approach, as in their habits.

With the instruction to give the project a Parisian character, the architects incorporated two flagship architectural movements of the City of Light: the Haussmannian style, characterized by its moldings and its chevron parquet, and the one that flourishes everywhere in trendy bars and cafes. de la Capitale, recognizable by its rough walls and concrete floors, in a very Berlin spirit. Far from imagining a watered down mix of genres, the GMD workshop and Glenn Medioni play the radical card, as evidenced by the brutal transition between the two worlds. An effect reinforced by certain details, such as the rosette on the ceiling, sharply reduced in the most contemporary part.

Dispersed that-and-there, some elements however allow to soften this architectural schizophrenia. At the back of the room, a reflective copper coating expands the space and seems to want to confront the two faces of the coffee shop. Finally, some tables of pubs, have taken a facelift thanks to their trays made of plywood. As if to support that despite differences, architectural miscegenation has good ...

For more information, visit the L'Atelier GMD website et Glenn Medioni 

Photographs: Pascal Otlinghaus

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