In Paris, Peugeot’s former headquarters has invented a future (virtually) without a car

It’s not simple to be avant-garde… Built between 1963 and 1973, a stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe, the constructing designed by the Sainsaulieu brothers symbolizes the 110-meter-long Avenue de la Grande-Armée. Given the period and its function because the headquarters of the Peugeot Group, it was a haven for vehicles inside its triple-height showroom to go with the model’s manufacturing and its central entry to the huge underground car park. Gesina, proprietor of the premises since 2015, two years earlier than Peugeot’s remaining departure, is subsequently organizing a full reconstruction of 33,500 m² of this constructing.

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Launched in early 2019, the works at the moment are of their remaining levels earlier than tenants make their very own preparations. The premises are already 87% leased, realizing that consulting agency Boston Consulting Group alone will occupy 23,500 m². International agency Baumschlager Eberle Architekten was accountable for musically revitalizing the area. An method that respects the prevailing, each to go with the unique structure and to the ecology, which incorporates enlarging the unique selections whereas adapting areas for present use.

Reduced parking area

Choices that lead specifically to maintaining the present facade in its extraordinary format (110 meters lengthy within the Haussmann setting). To give it extra aid and brightness, the spandrels (the wall on the backside of the window) had been eliminated and one of many two home windows was positioned in a field of 4 totally different depths. Mixing concrete and metal, an method that animates the facade whereas respecting its unique geometry. Only the highest ground eschews this feature with a floor-to-ceiling glazed layer to benefit from the distinctive view of the primary axis connecting the Grande Arche de la Défense with the Louvre Pyramid.

As for the grand entrance, which permits vehicles to enter and exit by way of the middle of the constructing with a sweeping spiral into the underground parking zone, it has disappeared. The entrance is now closed and glazed and the inside courtyard by way of which visitors passes has been transformed into a backyard. Underground car parks have been maintained, however the area allotted to vehicles has been monopolized. It is now accessed extra discreetly from the again of the constructing complicated, positioned on rue Pergolas, and a good a part of the area is allotted to storage, bicycles and technical tools that appeared on the roof previously. Result: About 350 seats can be found towards greater than 600 previously. Ultimately, not like many present reforms, there isn’t any “clear” floor created right here. On the opposite hand, good points had been made by optimizing the areas, reaching a lined inside courtyard, not forgetting the 1,000 m² of accessible inside gardens and 1,800 m² of terraces, conducive to the event of biodiversity.

Photovoltaic farm

Another place from which the vehicles have now disappeared is the “Great Gallery”, which served as a showroom and the place the emblematic fashions of the Lion model had been introduced on the bottom ground and mezzanine. Completely free of those intermediate ranges, the area has an unbelievable triple top below the ceiling with a floor ground revolving across the widespread space. With its spectacular concrete porticos handled to mimic steel, you virtually get the sensation of being below the nave of an industrial cathedral.

Finally, like many present websites, ecology and reuse of supplies have been maximized. Thus, the granite slabs that had been eliminated under the facade home windows had been merely polished earlier than the bottom ground was lined. On a roof, we current ourselves as the most important “photovoltaic farm” in Paris and, lastly, geothermal vitality is used for heating. Gecina, alternatively, is extra discerning about work prices than communication. All we all know is that the rental sits very comfortably within the household of “prime” workplace leases.

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