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Transformation of the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie library.
The project offers a structure that occupies the emptiness of the library through a new form of domesticity, a “House” that transforms and inhabits the space.
|Program||Rehabilitation and transformation of the media library|
|Floor area||8 760 m² / 94 290 sqft|
|Location||30, avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019, Paris|
|Architect||Caractère special / Loci Anima|
|Mep Engineers||B52 (Fluides)|
|Acoustic Engineer||Marshall Day Acoustics|
|Graphic Design||Patrick Lindsay|
|Cost of works (excl. VAT)||7 100 000 € (excl. VAT) / 8 080 000|
|Images / Photos||Grenade|
“House” that transforms and inhabits the space.
The “House” functions in complete contrast with the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie. The latter is massive, metallic and has mega load-bearing beams, while the former is small and intimate. The “House” introduces another scale for perceiving spaces. It creates a polarity and an identity that is separate from the library. The Cité des sciences et de l’industrie is perceived as a territory and the “House” provides the geography thereof.
The “House”, a space for living
This “House”, made entirely from wood and which occupies the emptiness of the space, connects the different levels of the building. It’s a space for living and for sharing, it’s comfortable and warm. Users are able to change positions as they see fit. The “House” contains all of the library’s resources. Each of its rooms, which range from 10 to 20 sqm, has an intimate setting and is disconnected from the reading spaces and areas where visitors congregate.
The “House” is surrounded by modular and adaptable spaces
The other spaces in the library that surround the “House” and that are used for reading, workshops, training, individual or collective projects and meetings can be transformed in line with requirements. Modularity and adaptability lie at the heart of the project. Furniture that adapts to its purpose has also been included in the project. A table need not necessarily only be used as a table but can turn into seating or a display surface. Furniture can be moved from one space to another. The furniture forms an integral part of the aesthetics of the “House”. A choice was made to create spaces that are not fixed, not definitive, but spaces that evolve in a way that is sparing, like the set in a stage play.