Formerly an industrial hall where trains where manufactured, La Manufacture du Design has been reinvented into a new model for a design agency. Saguez & Partners designed the 160-meter long hall to balance the powerful nature of the industrial structure with the goal of delivering an inspiring ‘ideas box’. In doing so, they have focused on opening the interior to the exterior.
Kvadrat Soft Cells acoustic panels are installed in ceilings to optimize acoustic quality and promote a friendly ambiance in the hall, informal restaurant, and meeting rooms. They are covered with Field, Plot, Time, Gloss, Tempo textile finishes in a variety of colors. Kvadrat Soft Cells permit the designers to play with materials, shapes, and colors - in a sustainable way which creates a comfortable environment for both acoustics and aesthetics.
Located in northern Paris, it is described as a ‘mid-campus, mid-laboratory, mid-workshop and half-café’. Characterized by an abundance of natural light and a strong emphasis on sustainability, acoustic quality, and ergonomics, the building offers great flexibility. For instance, one of the sports halls can be made into a brainstorming room, while the libraries transform into multi-purpose spaces.
The raw materials at the Manufacture de Design are primarily chosen for their environmental performance. Wood is prevalent throughout while the terraces and meeting rooms are covered with thermo-compacted Moso bamboo.
|Architect ||Saguez & Partners |
|Location ||Paris, France |
|Interior || Kvadrat Soft Cells ceiling installation with Field, Plot, Time, Gloss, Tempo |