From a national headquaters to an international luxury private office complex
In the Golden Triangle, the Business District in the center of Paris, Unibail-Rodamco transformed a former national electric headquaters into a private office complex. To attract corporate and international companies, the new owner commissioned the global design agency Saguez & Partners, for a polished new identity and new environment.
A unique place catered to mobile work culture and top-level services and amenities
At the front entry, the existing canopy gained mirrored panels punctuated by LED strips. It leads to the services in the vast lobby such as a 24/7 concierge desk in ceramic and steel, three in-house restaurants and serveral free-floating areas. The layout of the ground level was adjusted to improve flow to the lobby. To warm up the linearity of the vast space and its preponderance of chilly marble, metal, and glass, Saguez outfitted the multiple zones into corworking and hotelling spaces, with various seating options that include upholstered banquettes, armchairs, and ottomans. Common spaces are welcoming, lively and spontaneous. A self-service coffee bar and a small « beauty lounge » with a flatteringly lit makeup mirror and a wellness-center contribute to an atmosphere of quiets pampering, Loungelike coworking spaces are partially enclosed by bright green glass called « Digital ice cube », actually giant screens programmed to display real-time news, weather, Stock-Exchange or company information. Green is the office complex’s signature color. Matching shades of green paint to living ferns, moss and lichen, green representatives nature as a primary source of inspiration. Bringing the out-doors inside balances the enormous office complex and its high technologies
Luxury in the center of Paris : a 65,000 square feet garden to work differently
Close to he Parc Monceau, the building covers an entire city block, around several courtyards. Organic shapes benches called « Botanic Twist », swelling to incorporate round planters, made of locally sourced sustainable acacia wood, animate the main courtyards. One bench sits adjacent to an island of greenery, a grassy oasis sprouting trees, shrubs, and 500 « stone lights », LEDs that glow like fireflies. The more work is stressful, the more important nature is to calm. At any time of the day, employees can work outdoors, recharge or breathe.
Chic and upscale offices fitted to attract investment banks, law firms and luxury brands.
Upstairs, the prospective tenants are welcomed in the marketing suite. Stepping off the elevator, visitors arrive in a waiting area separated by only an open bookcase from the offices. Natural light reflects on bronze mirrors and copper doors. On the conference rooms’s glass enclosures, adhesive film with supergraphics provide subtile branding opportunities. In a stairwell, pendant fixtures by Le Corbusier and an acoustic wall, painted as a Mondrian picture, create a soft and calm atmosphere in the hyperconnected and central Parisian office complex. On the floor, plush carpet sports a curvy, mod pattern, an abstract 1960’s reference to the era when the complex was constructed.
1. B&B Italia: Ottomans
2. Inclass: Side Tables
3. Tai Ping Carpets: Custom Rugs
4. Atech: Bike Rack
5. GranitiFiandre: Desk Material
6. Vitra International: Sofas, Tables
7. Bsweden: Lamps
8. Fritz Hansen: Chairs, Tables
9. Formica: Paneling
10. Normann Copenhagen: Chair
11. Andreu World: White Sofa
12. Interface: Carpet Tile
13. Kvadrat: Black Sofa Fabric, Panel Fabric
14. Innovus: Sofa Surfacing
15. Desso Holding: Carpet
16. Innovus: Cabinetry Surfacing
17. Nemo: Sconces
18. Artemide: Lamp
19. Tollens: Paint