FUSO cuts warehouse to create patios that let light flow through offices in paris
FUSO cuts warehouse to create patios that let light flow through offices in paris FUSO cuts warehouse to create patios that let light flow through offices in paris
mar 24, 2016

FUSO cuts warehouse to create patios that let light flow through offices in paris

FUSO cuts warehouse to create patios that let light flow through offices in paris
(above) a glass façade and sun protection system replaced former industrial doors
all images courtesy of FUSO atelierd’architectures / © clement guillaume




located on the outskirts of paris, FUSO atelier d’architectures has transformed an 1800sqm storage facility into a workspace for a company that aims to welcome its subsidiaries on a site located strategically nearby their historic headquarters. the conversion of this warehouse into offices raised two critical points: natural light and thermal comfort. to solve them, the size of the volume (60m x 30m x4.3m) and the lack of façade openings were considered, leading them to do two main interventions: opening two exterior patios and creating closed spaces in the interior using prefabricated timber.

small-scaled open spaces encourage collaboration between coworkers




to favor a playful and warm atmosphere, offices and meeting rooms were made of structural wooden panels. these elements were prefabricated using digital machining, enabling fast implementation onsite, without the need for lifting equipment. the acoustically treated space was structured without partitioning it in order to let natural light flood into the depth of the volume and to install all technical parts like networks, smoke detectors, and air conditioning.

the patios were cut from the mass volume of the old storage room and are framed by floor-to-ceiling windows that let natural light flow inside, blurring the frontier between outdoor and indoor spaces.

private offices and meeting rooms made of structural wooden panels

view from the open-space and the new patios

three meeting rooms connected through a corridor

the new patios allow an open partition of working spaces

digital processed wooden panels allow maximum precision and fast installation

free cooling & acoustic systems plugged on the roofs

different sections intended for different uses

the new patio created inside the existing patio

scheme of the operational levels



project info:


architects: fuso atelier d’architectures
location: 6 rue jean martin, 93400 saint-ouen, france
architect in charge: jerome balas & daniel garcia architectes
project team: iph (structural engineering+ economy), balas (installations engineering) , serial (acoustical)
area: 2250.0 sqm
project year: 2015
photographs: clement guillaume

client: sci jean martin
surface: 1.330m² offices +920m² outdoor
cost: 2.1m €
program: transformation of a warehouse in offices



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edited by: juliana neira | designboom

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