malka architecture uses recycled bamboo to clad oxygen multi-purpose complex in paris
 

malka architecture uses recycled bamboo to clad oxygen multi-purpose complex in paris

studio malka architecture has completed ‘oxygen’ – a multi-purpose complex nestled in the heart of paris‘ bustling la défense business district. the recent intervention is designed as a new gate of the city as it straddles the famous ‘royal axis’ that was conceived in the 16th century to form a perspective between the historic monuments of paris. stretching from east to west, this axis connects the louvre with the arc de triomphe and finally with the grande arche of la défense.

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oxygen is designed to inhabit both above and below the existing esplanade of la défense, becoming a ‘new architectural parasite project’ according to architect stéphane malka of malka architecture. the development covers a total area of 21,000 ft2 (1950.96 m2) with a program that includes four restaurants, a coffee shop, co-working space, offices and gardens. in order to retain the historic parisian perspective, the complex is planned as two connected wings, allowing for a space in the middle to see the grande arche of la défense.

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the complex provides an abundance of both indoor and outdoor space. on the forecourt, there is a restaurant of the french michelin-starred chef michel rostang and a modular bar-club while the lower level hosts four open and covered terraces, a café, a co-working space and three restaurants. garden areas are also instrumental in the scheme, with a hanging garden integrated on the esplanade level and a generous 180 degree landscaped balcony on the lower floor. a green roof is also implemented in the design, bringing an element of nature to the business district.

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the exterior of oxygen is characterized by the timber slats that clad the structure. made from recycled bamboo strips, this skin provides shading from the sun while also promoting the buildings ecological credentials. oxygen acts as a contrast against the skyscrapers of la défense and standing at just six meters tall, it allows people to reconnect with a more human scale while the dark wooden façades stand out among a landscape of clear steel and glass.

malka architecture uses recycled bamboo to clad oxygen multi-purpose complex in paris designboom

image © laurent clement

malka architecture uses recycled bamboo to clad oxygen multi-purpose complex in paris designboom

image © rayem, malka architecture

malka architecture uses recycled bamboo to clad oxygen multi-purpose complex in paris designboom

image © laurent clement

malka architecture uses recycled bamboo to clad oxygen multi-purpose complex in paris designboom

image © laurent clement

malka architecture uses recycled bamboo to clad oxygen multi-purpose complex in paris designboom

image © laurent clement

malka architecture uses recycled bamboo to clad oxygen multi-purpose complex in paris designboom

image © rayem, malka architecture

malka architecture uses recycled bamboo to clad oxygen multi-purpose complex in paris designboom

image © rayem, malka architecture

malka architecture uses recycled bamboo to clad oxygen multi-purpose complex in paris designboom

image © rayem, malka architecture

malka architecture uses recycled bamboo to clad oxygen multi-purpose complex in paris designboom

image © rayem, malka architecture

 

 

 

project info:

 

project name: ‘oxygen la défense’

program: 4 restaurants, coffee shop, co-working space, offices & gardens

location: esplanade of la défense (puteaux-courbevoie), paris, france

architect: malka architecture

structural engineer: legendre structural engineers

client: SAS oxygen 92 – altarea cogedim

area: 21,000 ft2 (1950.96 m2)

status: delivered july 2019

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