25 rue Michel le Comte

Social-housing units, offices and shops in Le Marais area, Paris Paris / France / 2015

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At a stone’s throw from the Centre Pompidou, the building complex at 25 rue Michel le Comte is located within the Marais Historical Protection and Restoration Zone (PSMV). Constructed between the 17th and 20th centuries, it serves as a classic example of a city that was built up through the centuries by subsequent additions of buildings. In addition to the rehabilitation of the complex foreseen in the program, Atelier du Pont proposed to reconstruct a new building within the heart of the block.
Our ambitions matched what the site demanded. The challenge lay in preserving the traditional mixed-use development of the neighborhood, which has historically brought together private mansion and artisans. The project now combines social housing, offices (an independent movie producer, a theater troupe, a designer, an architect, among others), and shops. It wishes to acknowledge the Marais’ artisanal past while preserving activity in the neighborhood. The project also sought to preserve the existing social fabric by increasing the number of social housing units and significantly improving the comfort of the habitations, all the while observing the City of Paris’ Climate Plan. The courtyards and the old 17th century passageway have been restored, which has opened the block up again.
The project was carried out in two phases at a site that remains inhabited, which demanded considerable dexterity, cooperation, and a full commitment of the heart. Working on heritage buildings is an exceptional adventure and a singular exercise that constantly juggles opposing tendencies that lie at the core of the project: daring and humility, respect and imagination. It’s not just a matter of rehabilitation, but also of reactivation, of continuing to write this ongoing history and trying to anticipate the future.


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Le 25 rue Michel le Comte est un ensemble immobilier à quelques encablures du Centre Pompidou, situé dans le périmètre du Plan de Sauvegarde et de Mise en Valeur (PSMV) du Marais. Un patrimoine datant du 17e au 20e siècle, une belle illustration d’une ville qui s’est construite au fil des siècles par ajouts successifs de bâtiments. En plus de la réhabilitation de l’ensemble prévue au programme, Atelier du Pont a proposé la reconstruction en cœur d’îlot un bâtiment neuf qui s’inscrit dans son époque. 
Ambition à la hauteur du site, il s’agissait de conserver la mixité historique typique du quartier réunissant hôtels particuliers et artisanat. Le projet fait ainsi cohabiter logements sociaux, bureaux (producteurs de cinéma d’auteurs, compagnie de théâtre, graphistes, architectes...) et commerces. Il illustre la volonté de témoigner du passé artisanal du Marais en conservant une réelle activité dans le quartier. Respectant le Plan Climat de la Ville de Paris, il s’attache aussi à préserver le tissu social existant en augmentant le nombre de logements sociaux et en améliorant significativement le confort d’usage des habitats. Les cours et l’ancien passage du XVIIe siècle ont été restitués et permettent de réouvrir cet îlot. 
Un chantier réalisé en deux phases en site occupé qui a demandé une dextérité éprouvée, une concertation impliquée et un cœur bien accroché. L’intervention sur du patrimoine est une aventure exceptionnelle et un exercice singulier qui relève de l’oxymore par les qualités qu’il mobilise : audace et humilité, respect et imagination. Il ne s’agit pas seulement de réhabiliter mais bel et bien de réactiver, poursuivre l’écriture de l’histoire et anticiper l’avenir.

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    At a stone’s throw from the Centre Pompidou, the building complex at 25 rue Michel le Comte is located within the Marais Historical Protection and Restoration Zone (PSMV). Constructed between the 17th and 20th centuries, it serves as a classic example of a city that was built up through the centuries by subsequent additions of buildings. In addition to the rehabilitation of the complex foreseen in the program, Atelier du Pont proposed to reconstruct a new building within the heart of the...

    Project details
    • Year 2015
    • Work finished in 2015
    • Client Élogie
    • Contractor SRC
    • Cost €9,300,000 (pre-tax)
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Social Housing / Office Buildings
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