The Imprimerie Nationale in Paris is exceptional not only because as it occupies an entire block of the 15th arrondissement of Paris, but because it is uncommon to find an industrial flagship such as this in the heart of the capital.
Restructuring of this site, which lasted for two years, allowed the adaptation of the premises for service sector use. The great hall, a masterpiece of industrial architecture, a lofty space bathed in light, received special treatment. To return it to its former splendour, the existing structure including intricate steel lattice roof girders and glazed envelope were fully refurbished. The use of modern terracotta cladding, evokes the original brick facade.
A vocabulary of materials and finishes; white, glossy, grey, matt, and mirrors, accentuate the effects of natural light through the large windows.
The original building dates from 1904. Although construction began in 1903, the site continued to be developed until 1920. The Imprimerie Nationale appeared, in 1905, as a large quadrangle with the machine hall in its centre. The light steel and plate-glass canopy, with a ridge height of 9meters was the work of Ateliers Moisant-Laurent-Savey, a steel construction company with prestigious projects to its name such as the Grand Palais, the Bon Marché and Gare de Lyon.
Since 2009, the former Imprimerie Nationale provides management, cooperation and support services for the overseas staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
– Client developer: The Carlyle Group
– Delegated contract: Nexity Entreprises
– User: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
– Architect: Arte Charpentier Architects
– Interior design: Arte Charpentier Architects
– Landscape architect: TUP
– Project management: COTEBA
– Air Conditioning / Plumbing: SF2I
– Security coordination: Casso
– Electricity: Coteba Ingenierie
– Structural engineering: Terrell International
– Facades: Facades 2000
– Acoustics: Acoustic consulting
– Catering: Michel Gaury
– Lighting: Light Targets
– Surveying: Cabinet Legrand
– Environmental: Antea
– Inspection and safety: Veritas
– Address: 27-29, rue de la Convention
– Postal Code: 75015
– City: Paris
– Delivery: 2008
– Programme: major refurbishment
– Consultancy: design, site works and visa
– Area: 31,000 sqm
– Cost of works: € 65.8 million
Photo credits: Pascal Menard