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In the heart of the 11th district of Paris, the islet located at 224-226 Boulevard Voltaire is a forgotten site, almost kept secret. The renovation and extension project proposed by Franklin Azzi is part of a respectful approach to built heritage, based on the initial principles of the design of the building. Saved for many years, this islet today is under the impulse of DESKOPOLITAN to become a unique place. Its singular position at the heart of the island makes it an unusual place where one of the first urban issues was to open the site to the district thanks to a rich program. In this way, nearly 6,000 square meters of activities and varied uses for innovation are gathered: workspaces, a hotel, a restaurant, sports studios and a crèche. History and context. The 226 boulevard Voltaire, located close to the village Faidherbe formerly known for its cabinetmaking workshops, the village Paul Bert and its first-class shops, is one of the emblematic places that bear witness to the strong industrial past of the 11th arrondissement of Paris. View more View full description
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