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.