The old paper factory ‘La Papete’, located in Nanterre next to Paris, is incredibly rich in terms of architecture. The story of this factory started in 1904 and end in 2010. Today the 17 hectares have been bought by BNP Paribas. The new owner plans to raze all the buildings (except the chimney and the Pate à Paille building) to the ground in order to build the ‘umpteenth’ offices district.
The project seeks to look at each object as a potential for a new story of architecture as well as to preserve a level of respect and consideration to the story of La Papète, both its architecture and its context. After a precise study, the project is subdivided in three parts, linked by water and an element of ground.
The first area relates to the Seine and the Chemin de l’île park. The project features an aquatic centre (swimming pool, learning pool, jaccuzzi, spa, sauna, hammam, panoramic view restaurant, small hostel etc.) inside two existing buildings.
The second area inside the Papète is more introverted (temporary event, shelter garden, courtyard …) and the third area relates to the city (commercial local area, reflecting pool, new tramway line).
Who influences you graphically?
I’m realy in awe of the work produced by Diane Berge, Eva Leroy or Thibaut Rssat because their images lie at the intersection between architecture and illustration and are very clear in terms of what they seek to communicate.
What was your work process in terms of project development and construction of images?
The project developed through an extensive use of both the computer as well as the more traditional pen and paper. The 3d was constructed in Rhinoceros, after which vector images were extrapolated and post produced in illustrator and subsequently Photoshop, again and again 1,2,6 days later an image is produced!
What role do the silhouettes play? How do they infer meaning, what is their effect?
The silhouettes aim to convey a fun and lively atmosphere of the inhabitants of the future project.
You explore your proposal through all means of representation, to what extent do you trust that only like this is it possible to fully convey an architectural proposal?
In this sense it was really important for the project to be understood by everyone, from my grandmother to professional workers, and as such the exploration through all tools as isometrics, sections, perspectives and so on. Another vital aspect was to explore and convey my identity as an architect rather than producing banal rendered images.