Hotel Holiday Inn Express

Paris, France
Stirnfassade zum Quai de Seine
Photo © Hervé Abbadie
Lage am Kanal der Seine
Blick aus dem Innenhof auf den Kanal der Seine
Photo © Hervé Abbadie
Blick zu den Zwillingsgebäuden am Kanal der Seine.
Photo © Hervé Abbadie
JSWD Architekten
68 Quai De La Seine, 75019 Paris, France
5-20 Stories
Chaix & Morel et Associés

The new building houses a hotel and restaurant as well as a youth hostel, replacing an 1850 grain warehouse that felled victim to a fire in 1990. Before its destruction, the 700-m long Villette basin was dominated by the twin buildings known as Magasins Généraux, identical in form and proportion. Instead of reconstructing the historical buildings in their former shape, the new structure reveals the original cubature in the form of a volume clasped by horizontal bands of anodized aluminium. In addition to their architectural role, the aluminium panels arranged in a horizontal wave pattern provide sun protection. The actual wood-clad building volume is found behind them. The narrow space defined by the high walls surrounding the yard visually extends the water surface, creating a fluctuating relationship between the interior and exterior.

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