Redeployment of services of the Château de Fontainebleau | Studio Kiraw

Fontainebleau / France / 2022

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In memoriam


Adam Yedid left us suddenly just as we had validated the final phase of the studies for the project to redeploy the services of the Château de Fontainebleau. A large-scale operation but also a very sensitive one. Adam Yedid had exceptional professional and human qualities, recognized by all. Thanks to his diplomacy and great sensitivity, he was able to convince and unite the agents around a project that concerned them directly. But beyond that, Adam Yedid, with great talent, managed to reconcile the new necessary arrangements with the historical setting in which they had to be integrated. He used a contemporary style that was both subtle and elegant, respecting the heritage setting while highlighting the traces of past centuries. In this terrible misfortune, the project conceived by Adam found in Georgi Dib, his closest collaborator, a worthy heir who brilliantly carried out the work despite the difficult context.


We would like to pay tribute to the memory of Adam Yedid. He remains alive through the work that he leaves behind and that others perpetuate today.


Arnaud Amelot ,The château de Fontainebleau buildings and gardens director


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Project Presentation
The castle of Fontainebleau represents a strong heritage of French history. It is one of the most important royal residences in our country. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and classified as a historical monument, it tells part of the history of French architecture through the succession of kings of France, with Louis VII as a starting point. But it is with the arrival of Francis I that the castle will know its most important transformations. The diversity of the interventions of the successive kings offers to the castle a very particular framework with a stratification of a multitude of spaces, all different but united by a common History. In 2015, the master plan to enhance this heritage was launched. Therefore, the project of the redeployment of services takes place in this context and this exceptional setting.


"Place must prevail over function."


The history of this project has seen a succession of architects (Adam Yedid, Terreneuve, Studio Kiraw) all linked by common ambitions. The work initiated by Adam Yedid first consisted of dealing with the project as a whole. It invites unity while declining according to its position within the castle. Each space has particular


characteristics that must be understood.


The project proposes a multi-intervention program divided into four distinct areas:


QRE : Relocation of external surveillance companies to the lower wing of the Republic District


AMI : Redeployment of EPCF services to the Ministers' wing with the security headquarters and workshops (eastern part)


AGA : Reconfiguration of the security headquarters and creation of public restrooms GPA : Rearrangement of the day quarters in the Queen Mothers wing


The project is being developed simultaneously with the intervention of Patrick Ponsot, (Chief Architect at Monuments Historiques) in charge of the castle estate, and his restoration work. The interior design, fundamentally contemporary, also aims for a thoughtful association with the spaces of the castle. The heritage study and dialogue with Patrick Ponsot set the tone to develop the choices of fittings and the reflection on colors and materials.


The work on materiality then takes on its full importance. The ambition is focused on the dialogue with the existing while affirming its contemporaneity. Thus, the use of mosaic echoes the sumptuous and richly decorated character of the castle. It comes in white for common spaces and in a dominant blue punctuated with golden tesserae near the Saint Louis rooms. The floor tiles, responding to the function of toilets and changing rooms, also dialogue with the place, as in the Republic District where the colors of the old cobblestones are found on the new coating laid. Each detail is finely worked in keeping with the enhancement of this very special place. The master of art Pierre Bonnefille assisted us in this process by creating contemporary paneling that complements the missing decorations.


These developments show the traces of the History of this site, telling visitors about the transformations of the past.


 


CONTRACTING AUTHORITY
EPCF ( Public Establishment of the Castle of Fontainebleau )
OPPIC ( Operator of Heritage and Real Estate Projects of the Culture )


PROJECT MANAGEMENT INTERIOR DESIGN Adam YEDID - Studio Kiraw - Terreneuve Design offices: BET TCE PARICA, Si Prev


PROJECT MANAGEMENT HISTORIC MONUMENTS Patrick PONSOT


MISSIONS
Basic mission / Complementary mission : Synthesis, Furniture


TOTAL COST
4 M€ before tax


SURFACE AREA 2 054 m2


PROGRAM
Redeployment of the services of the Public Ins[tu[on of the Château de Fontainebleau - France


SCHEDULE 2017-2021


MATERIALS
Contemporary paneling: Ateliers Pierre Bonnefille Mosaic: Bisazza Tiles: Mosa
Parquet: Huot
Ligh[ng: BEGA and Iguzzini
Electrical equipment : JUNG
Door fibngs : FSB
Stone flooring: Pierre de Buffon


CONTRACTORS
Structural work (AM/MH) : Léon Noel
Asbestos removal (MH): VALGO
Timber frame/roofing (MH): UTB/Ateliers Perrault Locksmithing (AM/MH): VLD
Exis[ng carpentry (AM/MH): Giffard
Interior carpentry and specific fibngs (AM): Giffard New interior carpentry (AM) : Bonnardel Pain[ng and sog floors (AM/MH): Maison Dureau
HVAC/ Plumbing (AM) : La Louisiane
Electricity (AM): SPIE
Elevator (AM): L2V Ascenseur
Ligh[ng (MH): Chant Viron

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    In memoriam Adam Yedid left us suddenly just as we had validated the final phase of the studies for the project to redeploy the services of the Château de Fontainebleau. A large-scale operation but also a very sensitive one. Adam Yedid had exceptional professional and human qualities, recognized by all. Thanks to his diplomacy and great sensitivity, he was able to convince and unite the agents around a project that concerned them directly. But beyond that, Adam Yedid, with great talent,...

    Project details
    • Year 2022
    • Work finished in 2022
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Recovery/Restoration of Historic Buildings
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