The Maine Montparnasse complex possesses the qualities of an infrastructure. Its structural design allows for a complete metamorphosis without the necessity of demolition. Minimal demolition seeks to avoid lost energy and waste generation; it limits the costs of evictions and the density needed to finance them.
The project opens the current building at its center to connect the train station, the tower and the Rue de Rennes. It extends and raises the complex towards a renewed perception and relationship with the city.
It is through the quality of public spaces that the relationship between the Montparnasse district and Paris is played out. The action is located in the thickness of the current ground, or rather the multiple grounds- currently separated- that the project is working to reunify. On these vast but deeply artificial strata, the project operates as a true reclamation, deploying a new nature- a Parisian urban forest.
Reimagining the model of a commercial centre supposes a requirement of multi-functionality and openness towards the city. The project not only undertakes an in-depth investigation into programmatic interactions and the evolution of commercial typologies, but also explores future programs such as offices, housing and public cultural facilities.
Redevelopment of the Maine-Montparnasse site
Ville de Paris, Ensemble Immobilier de la Tour Maine-Montparnasse (EITMM)
Paris 6th, 14th and 15th, France
New area created: 32,272 m² SDP
Area created by charge of destination: 31,858 m²
Refurbished public spaces: 69,030 m²
TVK (Mandatory Architects Urbanists), Allies and Morrison (Associate Architects Urbanists), Base (Landscape), SETEC (Design Office), Cuesta (Prefiguration, Cultural Programming, Transient Urban Planning), Implemented City (Engineering in Operational and Financial Planning), RR&A (Mobility Engineering), Alphaville (Programming), Elioth (Sustainable Development), VPEAS (Economist), Karine Destarac (Legal Advisor), IMMO G (Real Estate Appraisal)
Sarah Sauton (project director), Raphaël Videcoq, Agathe Lavielle, Romain Curnier, Arnaud Sanson, Ali Zine, Sophie Euscheler, Clément Masurier, Benoît Marcou
Successful metamorphosis of this 1970s Parisian landmark is only possible if you start from its foundational nature: a monumental three-dimensional infrastructure.