9 rue du Plâtre
Located in a 19th century industrial building of 2, 200 m^2, Lafayette Anticipations will become on March 10, 2018, a place for creation, innovation and research. The renovation project is led by architect Rem Koolhaas and his firm, OMA.
The five story industrial building, characteristic of the end of the 19th century, is structured in a U-shape around a courtyard. The building can be crossed freely, thus leading to the rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie via a covered passage.
The Lafayette Anticipations architectural project fosters greater flexibility in its artistic programming, a quality often sought after by cultural institutions. Furthermore, the project respects the Architectes des Bâtiments de France’s conservational demands.
A curatorial machine
An “exhibition tower” composed of four mobile platforms is inserted into the building’s courtyard. These motorized platforms can move independently along rails and align with the existing floors.
With each exhibit, an innovative play of the platforms will allow the space to be reconfigured in 49 different ways. These multiple arrangements will instil vertical breath, flexibility and adaptability, as required by numerous future projects. The building will offer 840 m^2 of exhibition space.
This curatorial machine completes another fundamental component of the Fondation: its production workshop situated in the building’s basement. Here, pieces can be conceived and created by guest artists. The simultaneous use of these two structural features will foster the creation of unique projects, adapting to an exhibit’s needs.
OMA and machines
In the past, OMA has developed machines whose operation is integral to the buildings housing them. In the maison Lemoine in Bordeaux, a hydraulic platform moves freely between floors, and becomes a room within itself. The Wyly Theater in Dallas is constructed around retractable mobile platforms which have as many configurations as possible uses for the scenic space.
19th century heritage
Built for Xavier Ruel’s BHV in 1891 by architect Samuel Mejot de Dammartin, the 9 rue du Plâtre is an industrial building with an elegant façade. First used as a warehouse, it went on to serve as a dispensary, a girls’ school and more recently a higher-education preparatory school. The building’s current state reflects the number of transformations through which it has passed. Unfortunately, first-person accounts of this building, once found in the BHV archives, were destroyed in a fire.
Citynove Asset Management, on behalf of the Galeries Lafayette S.A.: Éric Costa and Romain Labbé
Assistant Contractor: Comitis Ingénierie, Christophe De Dompsure
Artelia: Sophie Gervelik and Wandrille Boivin
Elite: Paula Candelas
Corégi: Jean-Luc Bétard
Users: Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette: Guillaume Houzé, François Quintin and Laurence Perrillat
Commissioned Architect: OMA
Partners: Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon
Conception: Maria Finders, Alice Grégoire, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Barbara Materia, Francesco Moncada, Pietro Pagliaro, Alejo Paillard and Clément Périssé
Project development: Thiago Almeida,
Adrian Auth, Paul Cournet, Maria Finders, Alice Grégoire, Sebastian Janusz, Kenny Kim, Sofia Koutsenko, Lina Kwon, Veselin Lozanov, Barbara Materia, Alejo Paillard, Clément Périssé, Frane Stančić, Magdalena Stanescu and Yushang Zhang
Construction site, building construction: Alejo Paillard and Clément Périssé
Local Architects: DATA Architectes: Edouard Guyard and Colin Reynier
Patrimonial Project manager: Thierry Glachant
Engineering consultants: Eckersley O’Callaghan, dUCKS Scéno, Bureau Michel Forgue, BET Louis Choulet, Lamoureux Acoustique, MPK Conseils Construction
Bureau Véritas, GINGER CEBTP, LBC Bâtiment, Eiffage Energie Thermie, Eiffage Energie Electricité, Eiffage Charpente métallique, Roussière, Balas, Sarmates, Pradeau-Morin, Ledran, Sertac, MAARS, Staffissimo, France Sols, Lindner, Europarquet, PSR, Paul Champs, Altor, També
The Fondation d’entreprise wishes to extend its thanks to the City of Paris and its teams: Madame la Maire de Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and Monsieur le Maire of the 4th arrondissement of Paris, Christophe Girard, as well as Jean-Louis Missika, Michèle Zaoui and Bruno Julliard
To the Direction de l’urbanisme: Bruno Lambert; as well as to Christophe Lecq
To the DRAC and the Architectes des Bâtiments de France: Serge Brentrup and Sophie Hyafil
To the town council of the 4th arrondissement of Paris: Sarah Alby and Damien Chanal
The Fondation d’entreprise also wishes to thank: Maria Finders, Daniel Duché from the Atelier Blanc-Duché, Lucas Goy, Pierre Jaubert from Beaujeu, Léonard Lassagne, Amélie Chasseriaux, Clément Dréano, Sébastien Bourseaud, Clémentine Debaere, Paul Duffour, Sébastien Péjus, Claude and Chantal Colliot, and Cigue agency (Hugo Haas and Laurent Boutin Neveu)
François Guiguet and Pascal Simonetti
Its former staff members: Gabrielle Jaegle, Alexis Jakubowicz and Cécile Larrigaldie
As well as to the 400 allies who worked on this site.
2, 200 m^2: surface area
840 m^2: exhibition surface area
350 m^2: production workshop
18.7 m: height of exhibition tower
50 m^2: large mobile floor
25 m^2: small mobile floor
49 different floor configurations