03_Rue Michel le Comte, Paris Le Marais | Atelier du Pont

2015 Edition, France


Project title: 25 rue Michel le Comte, Paris Le Marais


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The project has been submitted by: 
Atelier du Pont, Cécile Azoulay




City: Paris

Address: 25 rue Michel le Compte



Designer or design team architects: Atelier du Pont


Plot Area: 1.465 sq.m.

Gross Area: 4.766 sq.m.

Of which residential: 64 %
Public/communal areas:  0 %
Facilities for the public: 0 %
Business/trade: 7 %
Offices: 29 %

Number of residential units: 30
Typology of users: families
Total building costs Euros: 9.300.000,00 €
Building Cost = Total Bulding Cost / Gross Area:  1.951,32 €/ sq.m.
Floor area ratio = Gross Area / Plot Area: 3,25
Work started on date: Wednesday, 1st July 2009
Work completion date: Saturday, 1st March 2014


Promoter: Elogie
Allotment rule:
Reduction cost percentage compared to the market value:
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Description of the project: 

Major restructuring, demolition and reconstruction to create a mixed-used project of 30 socialhousing-units, offices for creative professionals and businesses in a patrimonial site in the famous center of Paris area : Le Marais


At just a stone’s throw from the Centre Pompidou, 25 rue Michel le Comte is a building complex located within the perimeter of the Plan to Protect and Restore the Marais (PSMV). It dates from the 17th to the 20th centuries, and mixed private residences, workshops, and artist studios. It is a beautiful illustration of how the city has been built across the centuries through such subsequent building additions.
In addition to the rehabilitation prescribed by the program, Atelier du Pont has proposed to go on this «adventure» by reconstructing a new building within the block.
Having a worksite on an occupied site demands considerable dexterity, strong coordination, and the most heartfelt sense of commitment.
The project illustrates the desire to go past the Marais’ “museum” image and to promote mixed usage with ambitions that live up to the site’s expectations. Energy performance is improved to respect the City of Paris’ Climate Plan, the number of social-housing units has been increased, and former businesses are preserved in the Marais area.
Intervening at a heritage site is an extraordinary adventure and singular exercise that plays with the apparent contradictions invoked through this process: audacity and humility, as well as respect and imagination. What is at stake is not simply a rehabilitation, rather a reactivation that continues to write history and anticipate the future.

Perimeter of the Plan to Protect and Restore the Marais (PSMV)
Phased worksite at an occupied site (serial operations)
“Heritage Climate Plan” (80 kWh/mÇ/year) and “Climate Plan” (50 kWh/mÇ/year)
Collective heating system and solar panels on the roof of the new building