The Origami building at 36 Friedland, was designed by the celebrated Paris architect Manuelle Gautrand. tp bennett were appointed by the tenant of this building to design an interior which complemented the building’s unique design ethos.

tp bennett developed the ideas inherent in the Gautrand concept by working with the ‘Origami’ approach. This saw the design that had been achieved on the main façade being extended internally to manifest itself in ceilings, partitions and free-standing organic forms (‘icebergs’).

The ground floor is given over to a reception which allows flexible use as both a social hub and informal ‘town hall’ meeting venue. The hub has been positioned adjacent to the building’s two courtyard gardens to provide a sense of tranquillity only metres from the busy arterial route of Av. de Friedland. Floors 1 to 6 are given over to the complex requirements of this international financial client. Included within this is a trading floor which benefits from full chilled-water cooling technology. Underpinning this is full back-up generation to provide an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) with all of the required mechanical and electrical services support.

This required the building to be pushed to its extremes in terms of servicing and the solution is a good one. The top floor has been given over to a high quality client suite which takes advantage of the wonderfully situated external building terrace. This lends itself to evening events and provides fantastic views of some, if not all, of Paris’s landmarks. Throughout the building a palette of natural materials including timber and stone, has been used to complement the distinctive façade and the base-build core materials. In the common areas a white palette has been used to make the most of natural light.

The artwork was specially commissioned for the building and certain colours favoured for certain floors to enhance wayfinding. On the top floor, suspended artwork was commissioned from the artist Amy Cushing to sit inside the double-glazed partitions and provide an innovative feature to both the main boardroom and the adjacent circulation space. The interior fit-out was completed in early 2011 and is now in full occupation.

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