Grey Colon Structure by Renzo Piano Building Workshop

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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

 

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