Real estate: in Paris, a former Art Deco office building transformed into housing

“There we kept the original mosaic and the railing dating from 1928…”, explains architect Olivier Delaittre. It is to show its know-how that Novaxia, manager of the new Novaxia R fund, organized on Tuesday January 19 a visit to the transformation of a former office building located rue Planchat in the 20th arrondissement of Paris into 37 housing units.

The operation made it possible to preserve the Art Deco-style facade as well as other components, while transforming the original R + 2 building, successively a shop fitting workshop, leather workshop, occupied offices, then empty, into a R + 5 residential building.

Paris (20th century). The original mosaic and railings have been preserved. LP / A.-LA

The heightening was necessary to make the operation profitable. This cost 15 million euros, not counting the purchase of the land. “We had to strengthen the foundations. We also redone floating screeds for the acoustics, ”explains Olivier Delaittre, the architect. The concrete structure has been preserved, the insulation was made from the outside with an integrated facing in glazed tile. A new partitioning, as well as an elevator have of course been created as well as the wood joinery around the windows, the double glazing …

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All the rooms are bright with wooden floors. The only difference: the ceiling height is lower in the new part. “Transforming what already exists is more complicated, but it’s fascinating”, continues the architect.

Sold between 10,000 and 11,000 euros per m²

Aware of the issue, the City of Paris, through the voice of the first deputy, Emmanuel Grégoire, intends soon to launch a call for projects to accelerate the transformation of offices into housing.

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Rue Planchat in Paris, all the apartments, from studios (30 m²) to 4 rooms (90 m²), were sold off-plan (sale in future state of completion) in a range between 10,000 and 11,000 euros per m² . The first buyers will soon move in.

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