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Familistere Guise / h2o architectes

  • 01:00 - 8 March, 2014
Familistere Guise / h2o architectes
Familistere Guise / h2o architectes, © Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau +31

  • Landscape Architects

    Michel Desvigne Paysagiste
  • Exterior Infrastructure Engineer

    France Aires
  • Structure Engineer

  • Client

    Syndicat Mixte du Familistère Godin and SEDA : Société d’Equipement du Département de l’Aisne
  • Specificity

    Classified Site for Historical Monuments
  • Cost

    3 000 000 € HT
  • More SpecsLess Specs
Original Park
Original Park

Master Plan
Master Plan

The Familistère is a vast housing complex founded by Jean-Baptiste André Godin in 1859 in relation with the stove manufacturing business. Until 1968, this Social Palace was the theatre of a unique social experimentation in the industrial world: the Familistère was a sort of utopia for an industrial society composed like an urban transition between the town and the park of the city island nearby.

© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

The development suggested by the agency respects three fundamental themes: unity of place, heritage and experimentation.

© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

The project establishes a new readability of the site by creating a new sense of unity between its different existing parts. The great mineral square in the centre for example creates a new tension between the different buildings and reactivates the original axial planning. At the heart of the site, a series of thematic “islands” at a reduced scale allow for an easy and constantly renewed use.  The program of events on these « thematic islands » is open to constant improvisation and experimentation, echoing Godin’s philosophy about invention and incompletion.

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