Paris 13 Police station

PARIS, FRANCE

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ClientPréfecture de Police de Paris
ProgrammePolice Station, offices
Surface5 000 m2
StatusCompetition 2013
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The present police station building structures and unifies the Place d’Italie neighbourhood. It is located just behind the arrondissement’s local town hall branch offices, and is set back from Boulevard de l’Hôpital, thereby making room on its main façade for a hardscaped and wooded public square . It is a building constructed in the 1960s, inspired by the International Style and the architecture of Mies Van der Rohe, with a very classical composition and elegantly simple massing. The scheme maintains the spirit of the original façade by keeping only the existing main structural elements (steel H-sections) placed in front of the façade and cladding them with composite Alucobond rigid metal sheets. These vertical elements become a generic element of the composition of the new façade composed of a grid of horizontal and vertical beams whose depth and width vary according to the orientation of the façades. All floor levels have social areas located near the cores. On all floor levels, all the circulation areas are faced with composite wood panel wall lining, and have a wood slat false ceiling in which luminaires are housed. Office entrance doors are lined with wood panels and have vertical transoms in screen-printed glass which allow transparency to be maintained in work areas. 

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