From Yesterday to Tomorrow - At just a stone’s throw from the Centre Pompidou in the heart of Paris, 25 rue Michel le Comte is a building complex located within the perimeter of the Plan to Protect and Restore the Marais area (PSMV). It dates from the 17th to the 20th centuries, and mixed private residences, workshops, and artist studios. It is a beautiful illustration of how the city has been built across the centuries through such subsequent additions. In addition to the rehabilitation prescribed by the program, Atelier du Pont has proposed to go on this «adventure» by re- constructing a new building within the block that reflects the current context. Having a worksite on an occupied site demands considerable dexterity, strong coordination, and the most heartfelt sense of commitment. The project illustrates the desire
to go past the Marais’ “museum” image and to promote mixed usage with ambitions that live up to the site’s expectations. Energy performance will be improved to respect the City of Paris’ Climate Plan, the number of social-housing units will be increased, and actual businesses will be preserved in the Marais area. Intervening at a heritage site is an extraordinary adventure and singular exercise that plays with the apparent contradictions invoked through this process: audacity and humility, as well as respect and imagination. What is at stake is not simply a rehabili- tation, rather a reactivation that continues to write history and anticipate the future. Program: Major restructuring, demolition and reconstruction to create 29 social-housing units and offices in the Marais. Specificity: Perimeter of the Pla
n to Protect and Restore the Marais (PSMV) Phased worksite at an occupied site (serial operations) Heritage Climate Plan (80 kWh/m²/year) and Climate Plan (50 kWh/m²/year) Collective heating system and solar panels on the roof of the new building. Atelier du Pont - Created in 1997 by Anne-Cécile Comar, Philippe Croisier and Stéphane Pertusier, Atelier du Pont is a multipolar agency that combines public and private projects, architecture and town planning, interiors and exteriors, and reinvents itself with each new commission and encounter, developing an individual response to each specific context. This is a creative, serious, subtle inter- play using a wide variety of colours, materials and styles to create spaces that are appropriate and imaginative, both outside time and of their time, life-enhancing for their users and inspiring for their designers. Since the agency was established, it has completed a range of public facilities all over France and built a large number of so- cial-housing projects and private property developers. These experiences have given the agency the opportunity to operate in a variety of occasionally difficult contexts and sites. Atelier du Pont is also a founding members of the Plan.01 collective with which they created in 2008 the ecodesign office Plan.02.