A contemporary metal facade in a conservation area

Contemporary metal facade at no1 Rue de Turenne in Paris
Contemporary metal facade at no1 Rue de Turenne in Paris

A contemporary metal facade marks the corner of rue de Turenne and rue Saint-Antoine on the Rive Droite.

It belongs to a four-storey building erected in 2007 on an elongated and narrow plot that flanks the gable wall of a 17th century building.

A series of balconies made from aluminium and bronze mesh cover the whole facade.

This intricate metal filigree recreates the foliage of the plane trees planted along the Parisian avenues.

Everything seems unusual at first, except that these buildings are in the Marais, a district listed ‘conservation area’ in 1962.

A construction that triggered much controversy

The architects from the Chartier-Corbasson firm therefore had a huge challenge in hand!

Indeed, they had to show that contemporary architecture could successfully blend with listed buildings.

They also had to prove that it could be an excellent alternative to preservation, renovation and restoration of old buildings.

Metal facade in Rue de Turenne in Paris
Metal facade in Rue de Turenne in Paris

They obviously believe that these two radically opposed architectural styles could enhance and complement each other.

This building and its metal facade are a perfect example of the transformation and evolution of the Quartier du Marais in the last 50 years.

However, as you can guess, the facade triggered much controversy; many people were indeed shocked that the architects of the Bâtiments de France authorized its construction!

The local association for the protection and preservation of the district, Vivre le Marais, challenged the decision.

Its members indeed argued that the building was within the protected sector of the Marais, but also on the listed Berges de Seine sector.

They still contest the existence of the building, which they have derogatorily nicknamed Le Cuirassé Potemtkine (Battleship Potemtkin)…

Directions: 4th district – no1 Rue de Turenne
Metro: Saint-Paul on Line 1
Coordinates and map: Lat 48.854668 – Long 2.362946

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