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Axel Schoenert Architects (ASA) renovated an office compound at 54 rue de Londres in Paris (75008). The new complex has been renamed the “Shift” and is home to Spaces' new Parisian branch of co-working offices. Ideally positioned in the heart of the dynamic district of the Saint-Lazare railway station, the office complex has been restyled and renovated to make it modern, innovative and functional, whilst respecting its urban environment and history.
ASA studio used a different approach for each of the three buildings according to their typology. The buildings included:
- A 1930s building
- A mansion from the 1840s
- A former stables of the 19th century
The buildings had been fragmented due to a succession of different architectural and historical sequences. The main challenge was to give the spaces a balanced symmetry and to provide a strong overall identity, especially for the exterior façade on rue de Londres.
The sequence can still be seen in the alternating voids and solid spaces that distinguish the compound. The outline from South to North sees the façade and a first 6-story building, a courtyard, a second building (the old mansion) with a plant-filled courtyard, and lastly the old stables. A staircase was built to connect the two structures and streamline the flow of people. Spreading over approximately 5,000 square meters, the compound includes co-working platforms, leisure areas, private offices, meeting rooms and terraces overlooking the Eiffel Tower and the Western Paris.
By creating a sculpted 3D appearance, ASA studio wanted to add value and give new life to the imposing façade on rue de Londres. The idea was to use a geometric patterned cladding resembling Origami. The exterior cladding was developed using Corian® Exteriors customized panels based on Corian® Solid Surface in Glacier White. The proportions reflect the balance of an urban layout by Haussmann and give the building a look of solid mineral, vibrating with light. It is the first façade of its kind made in France. The sustainable properties of the ventilated façade provide thick insulation for optimum thermal efficiency and minimum energy cost, in compliance with the new environmental regulations.
ASA studio chose Corian® Exteriors panels based on Corian® Solid Surface because of their aesthetic properties, design versatility, durability, and cleanability. The combination of materials (glass, Corian® Solid Surface and wood) perfectly combine with the ergonomic and sustainable essence of the design.
Corian® Exteriors solutions are increasingly used for façades due to their resistance to difficult weather conditions, UV rays and good performance in case of fire. Its homogeneous color and unique appearance create unexpected interactions with light.