Completion of the second phase of the National Library of France by Atelier Gaudin Architectes

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Architects
Atelier Gaudin Architectes.- Bruno Gaudin & Virginie Brégal.
Proyect team
Project manager.- Raphaele Le Petit assisted by Guillaume Céleste, Nicolas Reculeau and Céline Becker.
Phase 2
Coordination with the fire department and prevention specialist.- Casso & associés.
Technical engineering firm.- Egis bâtiment.
Economist.- Laurent Taillandier.
Lighting engineer/designer.- 8’18’’ (Georges Berne and Emmanuelle Sebie).
Chief architect of Historic buildings.- Michel Trubert (Mazarin gallery, Mazarin room and decors of the Mansart gallery), J.F. Lagneau (restoration of the decors in the Salle Ovale, the Salon Louis XV and the Salle de Luynes).
Phase 1
Coordination with the fire department and prevention specialist.- Casso & associés.
Technical engineering firm.- Egis bâtiments with Régis Lelièvre project manager
Economist.- Thierry Hellec.
Lighting engineer/designer.- 8’18’’ (Georges Berne et Emmanuelle Sebie project manager).
Architect in chief of Historic buildings.- Jean-François Lagneau.
Lighting engineer for the Labrouste Room.- Cabinet Cizel.

Company works for the whole building + restoration of roofs and facades.- Lot 01 Pradeau Morin (demolition, structural work, CMB (carpentry), SNCP (roofing), COBA (stone)), Lot 02 DGC dismantling (cleaning, demolition), Lot 03 Carpenters of Paris (exterior joinery), Lot 04 Spie Partesia (lining, partitions); DBS (false ceilings); 1001 Couleurs (painting); France sols (flooring), Lot 05 Bonnardel (interior joinery), Lot 06 Serrurerie Bernard (locksmithing, ironwork), Lot 07 Bruynzeel (shelving), Lot 08 Balas & Eiffage thermie (plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, synthesis), Lot 09 Eiffage énergie (low and high voltage), Lot 10 Thyssen (ascensoriste), Lot 15 Pradeau Morin MH (restoration of facades).

Restoration of the Salle Labrouste.- Lot 11 Mériguet Carrère - restoration of decors, Lot 12 Pierrenoël - Masonry - stonework and plastering, Lot 13 Balas – roofing, Lot 14 Aubert Labansat - carpentry (Cost of works.- 5,5 M € HT).

For the north façade of the Labrouste Hall (Listed).- Lot 01 Pradeau et Morin (masonry and stonework), Lot 15 Roussière (lead cover) Cost of works.- 220,000 € HT.

For the Viennot, Van Praet and Voltaire rotunda and BENC wing decorations and painted ceilings.- Arcoa (Restoration of decors) Cost of works.- 400,000 € HT.

Manuscript reading room - restoration of the floor and furniture.- Lot 14 Aubert Labansat (Interior joinery). Cost of works.- 215,000 € HT.
Client
Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication.
Order.- Opérateur du Patrimoine et des Projets Immobiliers de la Culture (OPPIC)
Area
69 036 sqm (Net Internal Area) of which classified premises: 2.
33 320 sqm (phase 2).
400 sqm (Labrouste Room, Galerie Mazarin, Mazarin’s Room, Mansart Gallery).
Budget
Total cost.- 153,504,000 € HT.
Cost phase 2.- 84,960,000 € TTC.
Atelier Gaudin.- 141,043,000 € HT.
Architect of Historic buildings.- 12,461,000 € HT.
Location
58 rue de richelieu 75002 Paris.

Bruno Gaudin, Virginie Brégal. Atelier Gaudin Virginie Brégal and Bruno Gaudin

Atelier Gaudin Virginie Brégal and Bruno Gaudin. Since 1998, when Atelier Gaudin was founded by Bruno Gaudin and Virginie Brégal, the firm has been working on projects in a wide range of fields, from the design of engineering structures to the design of furniture. This very broad field of questions covers very different types of buildings in terms of their programmes and contexts, which leads the agency to design projects on scales ranging from urban projects - as is currently the case in Clisson - to design - the lighting fixtures for the Paris metro, for example, or even furniture design and scenography...

This openness is both an opportunity, to be able to constantly renew curiosity, and a necessity, to escape the specialisation that sterilises the desire for architecture. Each subject and each construction can be conducive to the invention, from both the spatial and manufacturing points of view. For the Atelier Gaudin, the invention is not understood as the need to be visible, but rather as the means of providing a relevant response to the questions posed or to those deemed essential. It is therefore not the image that takes precedence, but the capacity of a form, a structure, an implementation, a light, to give rise to a singular place, a hospitable void, a habitable interior. This character, which belongs to each building, draws its source and its foundation from a context, in an existing building, a landscape, a soil... It is thus necessary to know how to read and recognise the very existence of what precedes the intervention, in order to draw the essence and the substance necessary for the relevance and adequacy of the project.

A building or structure is thus born from the capacity to deconstruct, analyse and decipher, combined with an interest in materiality and the art of building, as well as a sensitivity to the things of the world.

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