© Randja / Farid Azib Architects / photos David Boureau
Renovation of an old grain store into office space
Rue de Cambrai (Paris 19th)
Grand Paris Aménagement
Randja / Farid Azib Architects (architects), BASE (landscapers), Majorelle (space planning), Jean-Claude Chianale (signage), LAPS (artist), Azur Lighting (lighting), Grandmougin Conseils (acoustics)
Programming of the future workspaces, shared spaces, and central atrium; coordination of the multidisciplinary team of experts
Completed in 2016
Grand Paris Aménagement (ex-AFTRP), the major player in urban planning throughout the Ile-de-France region, is leaving its long time headquarters at Gare de Lyon and relocating in a former grain store on the fringes of Parc de la Villette. The architectural decisions, planning, and functioning of the site all need to convey the values that have informed the development strategies of Grand Paris Aménagement since its creation: notably the desire to highlight the place’s unique identity and to bring into focus the building’s exceptional qualities, the need to find durable solutions to low levels of natural light, the ambition to optimize employees’ quality of life and efficiency in the workplace.
To satisfy these criteria and co-ordinate a deliberately broad team of experts, EARNEST suggested a methodology revolving around a temporary office for the design team, set up directly on site (a sort of 'basecamp' throughout the construction process).
During the design phase, EARNEST led a think-tank geared around contemporary working methods (increasing porosity between professional and domestic spheres, co-working spaces, spaces for informal interactions and socializing etc.), to inform an innovative programme, opening up the team's imagination by pointing to successful projects both in France and abroad. The long-term programme rests above all on acute understanding of the employees’ practices and habits.