Atelier with a view

Location: Paris
Designer: Arch. Erik Morvan Concepcion, Arquitectura y Diseno
Project: Renovation of a former industrial building
Client: Private
Steel window profiles: Palladio Spa, Treviso
Window and doors frames: Axer Group, Treviso e Duche Batiment, Parigi
Steel work: Axer Group, Treviso, Italy - Duche Batiment, Romainville Cedex, France
Photos: Arquitectura y Diseno, St Andreu de LLavaneres, Barcellona, (Spain)
This project by the Spanish architectural studio, Erik Morvan is on the borders of the Saint Cucufa forest at four kilometres from the Paris district of Defense

in a private residential area on the confines of the Malmaison Castle, where Napoleon’s wife Empress Josephine lived. It is an old wine factory that has been renovated and converted into a loft with an atelier and home for a couple of creative art lovers.
This project by the Spanish architectural studio, Erik Morvan is on the borders of the Saint Cucufa forest at four kilometres from the Paris district of Defense, in a private residential area on the confines of the Malmaison Castle, where Napoleon’s wife Empress Josephine lived.
It is an old wine factory that has been renovated and converted into a loft with an atelier and home for a couple of creative art lovers.
The project fully respects the original structure and nature of the old industrial building, conserving the style of the antique wine cellars without any alterations to the volumes of the three parts of the building, which are now divided into one for the studio, one central part which has not yet been decided how it will be used and the front part with two lofts for living in.
After carefully removing and disposing of the asbestos that had been used on the former industrial building, the main steel structure has been conserved and the sheds have been restored with their original lines but with new openings towards the surrounding countryside.
Large sliding steel windows have been created for the windows overlooking the adjacent forest, which give character to the entire project with the style of ancient factories (the old “iron windows”) but with modern practical performance.
The flooring also recalls the old workshops, covered with steel plates with slip-proof “orange peel” patterns.
Finally, the designer’s choice of how to solve the problem of the space for the bathrooms and loft rooms is rather unusual: so as not to change interior layout (typical open spaces as used in lofts), steel plate cylinders have been made covered with recycled metal fins which enclose the more private spaces.

Marzia Urettini
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