Morland Mixité Capitale

Structural glass construction for a rooftop bar and restaurant in Paris, comprising curved skylights and glass kaleidoscopes
Société Parisienne du Nouvel Arsenal
Studio Other Spaces

The renovation and conversion of the former prefecture of the city of Paris at the Boulevard Morland (Arch.: D. Chipperfield) comprises the construction of a new two-storey, fully glazed, public space on top of the existing building, offering an unobstructed view over Paris. Intended for gastronomical use, it comprises a kaleidoscope-like glass art installation designed by Studio Other Spaces. The envelope of the 16th floor consists of two-side supported, large SG-bonded IGUs with variable ceramic frit and reflective mirror-coating. No mullions are used for the full glass facades. The ceiling above is assembled from the “kaleidoscope”-modules comprising suspended mirror-glass sheets that confusingly blur the boundaries between inside and the out-side. Each of the 32 kaleidoscope-boxes is covered by a 2x2m large double-curved insulating glass unit. A particular challenge was to absorb the large deflections of the existing building within the glass structure.