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Maison de Haute Couture (19 Rue Cambon)

Paris, France

Program: Refurbishment of a historical building complex used as offices, showroom, stockroom and shop
Assignment: Conception and project management
Location: Paris 1er, France
Built area: 3041 m² 

Client: SNC Anbras
Project manager/Consultant:
Cap 5 Conseil
Jean-Paul Viguier & Associés
Interior designer: Peter Marino
Engineering firms: Scyna 4 (Structure), Pollen (Fluids), CLCT (Electricity), GDMH (Floors), Perception (Landscape), Interface (Facades) Le Sommer Environnement (HQE Environmental).
Construction firms: SRC/Dumez (structural works), Atelier Perrault (exterior carpentry) Goyer/Hefi (glasswall) CCR (stone facade and refurbishment)
Certifications: BREEAM International Refurbishment & Fit-out

Restructuring the building complex consisted first and foremost in highlighting a major patrimonial architectural element. Indeed, the different buildings constituting this cluster range from the mid 1600s to the first third of the 19th century. The main challenge of this project is to perpetuate the connection between the Couture House’s history and that of both the Cambon and Saint-Honoré streets. This 3-year long construction project will result in the union of three different buildings, creating an organic and symbolic flagship intented for an international high-end clientele.

The interior spaces designed by Peter Marino, are arranged around a core bathed in natural light thanks to a monumental glass roof overlooked by the restricted upper floors. Inside the building, the historical staircase has been remarkably restored.

Working closely together with the Paris department of heritage architecture, Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés has found in the 19 Rue Cambon project two of the challenges that make the firm’s DNA : architectural friction and the relation between heritage and modernity.

Agency credits

Partner/Leading architect: Christophe Charon
Operation architect : Monica Antonie
Project team: Léa Desbiens, Louise Marnay
On-site team: Monica Antonie, Adriana Coquil
Interior design: Clémence Hérault, Louise Marnay
Computer generated images: Amélie Bellaud, Olivio Perolat, Giovanni Barbagallo