Construction of a mixed-use complex with the Mama Shelter Hotel-restaurant, a Media Librairy, and a 74-units residential building.
Create a “piece of city”
A mixed-use complex including a Paris’ largest Media Library, a 172-rooms + restaurant Mama Shelter hotel, with the interiors designed by Philip Starck, as well as 80 housing units and a public parking lot. Originally, the lot was occupied by an abandoned garage, covered with graffiti. The project is located a few streets away from the Parisian Peripherique, and only a half-hectare above the Charonne Village, an old independent town absorbed by Paris in 1860 under Napoleon III.
The project is a perfect example of a complex real-estate composition over three separate structures (housing complex, hotel, and parking lot), with physical overlaps between the different programs. All these elements are set up on a steep landscape, revealing a deeply emotional and poetic territory. Although modern, the building’s architecture refers back to some of the neighborhood’s most distinctive features. The Media Library, slightly set back from the street line recalls the piazza in front of the Saint-Blaise church, and the central stairway lined up with the Daval street is inspired from the existing surrounding urban landscape. Despite an important density, the way the building is composed, the glass facades, and the high ceilings create a feeling of space and openness. The hotel itself is chiseled, both horizontally and vertically, in an attempt to break from the aggravating feeling of repetitiveness often attached to these kinds of buildings.
The housing units surrounding the Media Library all feature terrasses, and outdoor gardens bringing in shade, and an appeased atmosphere. The Mama Shelter Hotel is built around an attractive concept of “low-cost palace,” offering luxury amenities for an aggressively low price. Philip Starck was responsible for designing the interiors, while the concept was refined by both the Trigano family (founders of the Club Med), and Cyril Aouizerate (Urbantech, MOB hotels), while renowned chef Alain Senderens designed the restaurant’s menu.
Finally, the Media Library, carved into the hill, offers a view onto successive hanging gardens from its interior reading rooms. The whole is reminiscent of Marguerite Duras’ work – after which the Media Library is named – “spending days in the trees.”
It is a “piece of city,” a project that has made a popular neighborhood shine, and that has radically changed the way it is lived and perceived.