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Labo Lifestore Shop by Atelier m3a Architectes (FR)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 25.08.2015 - Tagged as: ,

Labo Lifestore Shop by Atelier m3a Architectes, photo: Patricia Giudicelli

Labo Lifestore Shop by Atelier m3a Architectes, photo: Patricia Giudicelli

Atelier m3a Architectes preserved elements of a 150 year old building that now houses the Labo Lifestore Shop in Marseille to be faithful to the original structure.

 

 

Labo Lifestore Shop by Atelier m3a Architectes, photo: Patricia Giudicelli

Labo Lifestore Shop by Atelier m3a Architectes, photo: Patricia Giudicelli

Says Atelier M3a Architectes, “Time had taken its toll on the place. We proceeded like archeologists and we removed layer after layer until we found the spirit of the original building, a brick tiled floor and stone and brick walls that must have been more than 150 years old. These old materials serve as a reminder of what the place used to be. We wanted to preserve them as soon as we discovered them. Most of the floor boards and partition walls have been taken away to give the place more light and volume.”

 

Labo Lifestore Shop by Atelier m3a Architectes, photo: Patricia Giudicelli

Labo Lifestore Shop by Atelier m3a Architectes, photo: Patricia Giudicelli

“We only added a ceiling and two staircases, two partition walls and boxed in furniture to keep costs down and maintain the harmony of the space, nothing more, nothing less. Looking to be faithful to the original structure, we have just used timber in the conversion.”

 

Labo Lifestore Shop by Atelier m3a Architectes, photo: Patricia Giudicelli

Labo Lifestore Shop by Atelier m3a Architectes, photo: Patricia Giudicelli

“Inspired by traditional architectural styles, using local materials, the project looks like a ‘cabane de gardian camarguaise’ with one living space and a double eaved-roof. Chalk white paint harmonises the new with the old. The living space with its unusual shape and exposed simplicity, has a great deal of potential.”

 

Labo Lifestore Shop by Atelier m3a Architectes, photo: Patricia Giudicelli

Labo Lifestore Shop by Atelier m3a Architectes, photo: Patricia Giudicelli

“Designed according to needs but allowing for changes in use, the whole conversion can be easily dismantled.”

 

PROJECT DATA
Architects : Atelier M3a Architectes (Caroline Ménager + Mathieu Ménager)
Client : Labo Lifestore
Program : Conversion of a shop and creation of furniture
Location: 5, Place de la Corderie, Marseille, France
Area : 100 m2
Completion: June 2015

 

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