The director’s house at an old factory on the banks of the Seine in Paris now functions as an edgy multipurpose space as part of a city-wide urban project organized by agency Semapa. DATA architects revamped the old building as a workspace, a workshop, a meeting place, and a base from which the urban project will spring.
The Director’s house is located alongside Seine in Paris’ 13th arrondissement. DATA architects kept the exterior of the existing building in original condition, and focused on redesigning the interior by providing a complete makeover. The team gutted the building to create three floors of exhibition spaces. The main room has been separated from the staircase, bathrooms, storage and technical rooms by a wall. A large cylindrical structure dominates the main space. It combines glass and steel and allows visitors to climb the stairs to the upper floor.
Suspended from the underside of the cylinder is the flagship element of the exhibition space. Thanks to a pulley the model appears and disappears into the heights of the cylinder, freeing the floor for other events like presentations and inaugurations.