Morland

Aerial view
View from Quai Saint-Bernard
New building on Quai Henri IV
View from Rue de Schomberg
Arcades and garden of inner courtyard
Inner courtyard arcades
Food market
Passage way
Aerial view
View from Boulevard Morland
View from Quai Saint-Bernard
Grey plan
Ground floor plan
Section

The ‘Préfecture de Paris’ on Boulevard Morland is situated on the banks of the River Seine in 4th arrondissement of Paris. The building, which originally housed city administration, was completed around 1960 by the architect Albert Laprade. The existing ensemble comprises a 16-storey tower flanked by two 9-storey wings, which form a square facing the boulevard. As a consequence of the grand scale and the stringent, repetitive façade grid, the ensemble has a closed off and unapproachable appearance, which is also evident in the currently rather lifeless square.

Morland

The ‘Préfecture de Paris’ on Boulevard Morland is situated on the banks of the River Seine in 4th arrondissement of Paris. The building, which originally housed city administration, was completed around 1960 by the architect Albert Laprade. The existing ensemble comprises a 16-storey tower flanked by two 9-storey wings, which form a square facing the boulevard. As a consequence of the grand scale and the stringent, repetitive façade grid, the ensemble has a closed off and unapproachable appearance, which is also evident in the currently rather lifeless square.

Within the context of the Call for Projects ‘Réinventer Paris’, the mayor of Paris selected the building in 2014, alongside 22 further sites to be redeveloped. New concepts were to be generated for these sites by interdisciplinary teams, comprising architects, project developers, landscape architects and artists. The Call for Projects was driven by the notion that the participants’ innovative, economic and sustainable ideas for living space, density, mix and energy will give the capital city new impetus for the long term. The team David Chipperfield Architects Berlin and the French developer Emerige won the Call for Projects for the ensemble on Boulevard Morland.

The concept for the ‘Morland Mixité Capitale’ comprises the refurbishment, remodelling and extension of the existing ensemble. The previously introverted complex will be made accessible to the public, transforming it into a lively and open place with the character of a campus and emanating a positive effect for the overall neighbourhood. Two new building volumes facing the boulevard and the River Seine, which mediate between the scale of the existing and neighbouring buildings, contribute to the repair of the city. The volumes create generous public courtyards and link the existing wings like bridges. Vaulted arcades at ground floor level act as a counterpart to the stringent column grid of the existing ensemble and establish an inviting entrance gesture to the campus. The arcades accompany the passers-by into the interior of the ensemble, creating a new public axis which provides a route from the boulevard to the River Seine.

The future ensemble will accommodate a wide spectrum of usages: upscale and social housing, a hotel, a youth hostel, offices, retail, a gallery, a market hall and a childcare facility. The two top floors, which were only accessible to the public for a few years following the completion of the original building, will be given back to the public, housing an inhabitable art installation by Olafur Eliasson and Sebastian Behmann from Studio Other Spaces, a bar and restaurant. From these upper storeys the inhabitants and visitors will enjoy wide vistas over the French capital.

Competition:
2015 – 2016
Project start:
2016
Completion due:
2020
Gross floor area:
63,500 m²
Client:
Société Parisienne du Nouvel Arsenal
Project management:
Emerige
Architect:
David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
Partners:
David Chipperfield, Christoph Felger (Design lead), Harald Müller
Project architects:
Wiebke Ahues, Ronan Burke
In collaboration with:
Calq Architecture
Contact architect:
BRS-Architectes
Art installation:
Studio Other Spaces
Landscape architect:
Michel Desvigne Paysagiste
Renderings:
bloomimages, David Chipperfield Architects
Model photos:
Stefan Müller