The art of inserting a building into an historical city block means engaging in an open, physical dialogue with those already there,” said the workshop. “Building onto an extant structure also presents an opportunity for a more widespread renovation project, a reclaiming of space.”
Renzo Piano Building Workshop designed the “organic creature” in the courtyard of a 19th-century block to house the new headquarters of the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé – dedicated to preserving the history of French film company Pathé and promoting cinematography.
The egg-shaped form connects to the surrounding Haussmann-era buildings at four points. Its form curves away from the existing buildings and its top peeks over the roofline.
All images courtesy of renzo piano building workshop. photos © michel denancé