Flats and offices, renovation in the heart of the French capital by Moussafir Architectes

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Moussafir Architectes. Architect.- Jacques Moussafir.
Project managers: exterior curtains.- Inside/Outside. Petra Blaisse, Peter Niessen.
Project team
Virginie Prié, Estelle Grange-Dubellé, Pierrick Fromentin, Mélanie Hébrard and José-Maria Goncalves.
Structure engineer.- Malishev-Wilson. Philip Wilson, Ghyslain Protois.
Fluids engineer.- Louis Choulet, Thibault Charles.
Structure.- Lisandre.
Electricit.- Rok.
Locksmiths.- Kozac.
Carpentry.- Tischlerei Bereuter.
Lifts.- Oleolift
Exterior curtain.- Lenco.
Taxable surface.- 1,507 m².
Floor area.- 1,134 m².
2013 - 2022.
5 rue du Vertbois, 75003 Paris. France.
Hervé Abbadie.

Jacques Moussafir. Moussafir Architectes

Jacques Moussafir (moussafir: common name in Turkish, Greek, Romanian, Arabic, and Persian that designates the host, the traveller). Born in Katanga (Congo) to an architect father, whose first steps and first architectural experience was in Lubumbashi with a house designed by Julian Elliott in 1957 and published in 1963 in "New Architecture in Africa". Subsequently, he studied architecture in Paris Tolbiac in the studio of Roland Schweitzer and art history at the University of Paris / Sorbonne under Daniel Arasse. DPLG in 1993, he founded the agency MOUSSAFIR ARCHITECTES in 1994, after 10 years working with Bernard Kohn, Christian Hauvette, Henri Gaudin, Dominique Perrault and Francis Soler.

Member of the National Commission of the 1% in the Ministry of Culture from 2000 to 2003, of the Conseil d'orientation du Center National des Arts Plastiques from 2001 to 2004, CRPS (Commission Régionale du Patrimoine et des Sites) from 2004 to 2007. Member founder of the collective "Toque Francés" created in 2007 that notably represented France at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2008.

Visiting professor and later associate at the E.S.A. from 2003 to 2007 and later at the Ecole d'Architecture, de la Ville et des Territoires in 2011-2012.


Petra Blaisse (London 1955), more popularly known in the world of architecture, for her colaboration in some of the most brilliant projects by Rem Koolhaas, as the carpets and finishes for the Seattle Central Library (2000-2004) or finishes and curtains for the Casa da Música in Porto (1999-2005) and acoustic walls, started her career at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, in the Department of Applied Arts. It was there that Blaisse first collaborated with Koolhaas. From 1987, she worked as freelance designer and won distinction for her installations of architectural work, in which the exhibited work was challenged more than displayed. Gradually her focus shifted to the use of textiles, light and finishes in interior space and, at the same time, to the design of gardens and landscapes.

In 1991, she founded Inside Outside. Since 1999 Blaisse invited specialist of various disciplines to work with her and currently the team consists of about ten people of different nationalities. Inside Outside works globally on projects of increasing technical sophistication and scale. Throughout the years, Inside Outside has collaborated with various architects and designers. Blaisse has lectured and taught extensively in Europe, Asia and the United States.

In the past years, the opening of a number of public and private buildings in which Inside Outside implemented interior and landscape interventions brought the work of Blaisse’s studio to the attention of a broader public. Examples are the restoration project for the Hackney Empire Theatre in London (all curtains, 2000-2005), the gardens, carpets and finishes for the Seattle Central Library (2000-2004), finishes and curtains for the Casa da Música in Porto (1999-2005) and acoustic walls and curtains for the Mercedes Benz museum in Stuttgart.

For landscape design, the studio presently works, together with OMA Hong Kong and Rotterdam, on the landscape masterplan for the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong and on public gardens (Shenzhen Stock Exchange, Qatar Foundation Headquarters and Education City Library) and on master plans for new urban development areas in Ghadames and Sebha, Libya.

ACT > 01.2019 




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