Archipelia is a minimalist renovation located in Paris, France, designed by Septembre. The project is a transformation of a community center that supports local communities since ten years, and for whom the existing trust and confidence is crucial. The space was built in the 1960’s for a supermarket, with storage in the basement. Now 30 different associations with a rich diversity of activities, ages and origins are getting together in rooms crossed by circulations and with little or no daylight, and low ceilings. We are opening up a part of the slab to bring light to the basement, centralizing the circulations and creating a new facade that balances between exposition and intimacy. The new facade will welcome people and show the multitude of activities proposed by the center as well as offering a protected environment for users and staff.
Photography by Schnepp Renou
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