Morland Mixité Capitale

Aerial view
View from Quai Saint-Bernard
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 Mixité Capitale

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 are raised above the ground to create a new public axis that provides a route from the boulevard to the River Seine. Load-bearing, vaulted arcades characterize the axis on ground floor level and act as a counterpart to the stringent column grid of the existing ensemble. The arcades establish an inviting entrance gesture to the campus and accompany the passers-by into the interior of the ensemble.

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 opened up again and given back to the public. These upper storeys will house an inhabitable art installation by Ólafur Elíasson and Sebastian Behmann from Studio Other Spaces Berlin, a bar and restaurant. Inhabitants and visitors will enjoy wide vistas over the French capital from here.

Competition:
2015 – 2016
Project start:
2016
Completion:
2021
Gross floor area:
63,500 m²
Client:
Société Parisienne du Nouvel Arsenal
Architect:
David Chipperfield Architects Berlin