- LocationParis (75013)
- Cost/AreaNC / 7 154 m2
- TeamFrançois Chatillon, architect
Opera Architectes, global supervisor
COTEC, Engineering consultant
Vanessa Fernandez, architect and historian advisor
Emmanuelle Gallo, historian
First major Parisian commission of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, the Cité Refuge is an experiment on an urban scale.
The novelty of the programme – the application of the five points of modern architecture theory on a very constrained urban site – the technical ambition of the machine à habiter with its respiration exacte and mur neutralisant, alterations to the post-war façade by Le Corbusier; everything is « extra-ordinary ».
The challenge was to adapt this building to its new uses while showing the architecture.
This operation allowed us to devise and experiment with the method of active restoration – a process of collective bargaining between conservation and use based on an exemplary exchange between all interested parties. We implemented architectural and technical solutions founded on a clear, shared and hierarchical presentation of knowledge, doubts and constraints.