January 2012 in our Architectural practice
Extensive refurbishment of a listed building in the heart of Paris
Reid Brewin Architects have been appointed by a top international fashion house to design its new headquarters in Paris.The building chosen is a listed ‘hôtel particulier’, a large 17th century Parisian aristocrat’s residence in the centre of the Marais, a district of Paris.
The key objectives of the client for the project are to satisfy the various requirements of the different teams working there and to convey the ethos and mindset of the brand. This must be achieved whilst also adhering to and respecting the regulations regarding the conservation of an historic monument due to the building’s listed classification by the Architects Bâtiment de France. (ABF are the official architects employed by the Department of Culture and Environment to oversee the conservation of protected monuments and the national heritage).
The design is to create functional interior spaces that combine an industrial character with the charm of the original features.
In order to study precise views and perspectives throughout the whole building, the project has been entirely modelled in 3D using Revit, giving a more coherent, accurate and higher quality of information to develop the newly designed spaces.
The multicultural aspect of Reid Brewin Architects practice is another factor in the smooth running and completion of the project to the client’s satisfaction. All information and communication between the client, consultants, the contractor and other interested parties is required to be in English and French and a full knowledge of French building regulations and procedures essential.