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The central office of tooling and engraving de La Monnaie de Paris, France

Méta (l) morphoses at the Monnaie de Paris

The Meta (I) morphoses project addresses two key issues: 1 - Breaking the isolation of the La Monnaie site and allowing its rediscovery; 2 – To re-legitimize the arts and crafts that have been practiced there, since its creation. For the architects the questions are urban, landscape and architectural, but also industrial, economic, cultural, and finally symbolic.

The central tooling and engraving workshop of La Monnaie de Paris

The relocation of a vital creative activity for the Monnaie de Paris was one of the objectives of Meta (1) morphoses. The spirit of the place and its metamorphosis was the vector of the project to rediscover the beautiful stone architecture and to build, in counterpoint, a metal architecture.

The requirements of the project:

- To build a workshop to meet the new needs of the La Monnaie, starting from the constrained geometry of the pentagonal plot.

- To preserve the walls of the La Monnaie and connect the building to the adjacent buildings dating from the 18th century.

- To dig under the water table to allow the construction where the floors must take over 4 tons per m².

In discovering this universe, it became obvious that metal was the raw material for the architectural project. Creating an architecture where the chosen materials evoke the expertise of the practitioners working inside the house. The idea of the copper envelope, perennial and renewable, ties in with the business of La Monnaie – renewing and recycling.

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Building

Owner: 
Monnaie de Paris
Completion date: 
2017
Country: 
France
Zip code: 
75006
City: 
Paris
Street: 
11 quai Conti
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Facades/cassettes
Facades/panels
Type of building: 
Cultural
Copper used: 
Classic
Estate: 
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Architect

Name, office: 
AAPP / Philippe Prost
Address & description: 
42 rue des Jeuneurs - 75002 paris

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