- Client : Groupe Pasteur Mutualité (Thierry Lorente, Managing Director of Groupe Pasteur Mutualité and Amanda Lehmann, Deputy General Director of Groupe Pasteur Mutualité)
- Landscape Design : Coloco, Pablo Giorgef
- Building Company : Eiffage Construction
- Incorporation : SCPM Access, Guy Sanoian
- Artistic Director : Philippe Starck
- City : Paris
- Country : France
Text description provided by the architects. Villa M takes the Amazon to Paris with tropical building. Designed by french-Brazilian Triptyque Architecture, with the landscape design of Coloco and art direction and architectural spaces design signed by Philippe Starck, Villa M aims to create a new pact between cities, nature and health. The program, imagined by Thierry Lorente and Amanda Lehmann, of Groupe Pasteur Mutualité, wishes to create in Paris a "villa médicis" and a dynamic healthcare-focused center.
“The building itself is the support for this vertical garden, which will grow and occupy the entire façade, turning the building into a vertical, medicinal forest and becoming the main architecture,” explains Triptyque partner, Guillaume Sibaud.
The environmental responsibility is also present in the basic and organic material choices, proposing a low-tech architecture.
“To resist the urban expansion – unsustainable by nature – the city must provide this experience in addition to stimulating the correlation between external and internal spaces in built areas”.
The mixed-use complex holds a hotel, restaurant, bar, conference area, check-up area, co-working space, and a showroom for start-ups in the world of health to promote mixing, exchanges and mutual aid between the different specialties and the different generations of health professionals.
The health crisis intensified, and accelerated healthcare challenges already known and geographic and urbanistic issues started to figure as health issues as well. On the other hand, healthcare has exceeded the hospital walls, spreading around the city, and creating a more open relationship between citizens and health professionals. Designed before the Covid-19 pandemic, Villa M’s groundbreaking program catalyzes the idea of opening healthcare to the city and the city to healthcare. “Villa M is a model to imagine the city of the future. It is the new parisian edifice”, completes Raffaëlli.
The opportunity arrived later, when Groupe Pasteur Mutualité invited them to collaborate on this groundbreaking, inspiring project that is Villa M. A naturalistic manifest rises.