The renovation of the interior spaces at 40, rue de Sèvres can be hailed as an architectural feat, an equilibrium between transformation and the preservation of the site’s heritage. The Druot firm was entrusted with the delicate task of protecting the unique site’s volumes, circulation, visual lines and original materials, while creating workspaces that comply with today’s comfort, insulation and safety standards.
“We strove to safeguard the place’s uniqueness, to preserve what makes it so beautiful and out of the ordinary, and yet provide its new occupants with the utmost comfort, optimal natural lighting and acoustics and wayfinding solutions.”
Maintaining the site’s atmosphere and original beauty entailed in-depth studies of every space. It took mindful consideration to transform and optimize the interior architecture without ever losing sight of the landmark as a whole.
Despite the site’s architectural diversity and complexity, Frédéric Druot created workspaces with optimal lighting conditions and excellent acoustics.
The premises at 40, rue de Sèvres owe their distinctive atmosphere to the work of several expert professionals. Interior Architect, Pierre Yovanovitch, remodeled a small pavilion at the end of one of the building’s wings, to house a reception area, and a work and meeting space for Group employees. Styles and time periods coexist in a bold blend of vintage objects and original creations. The harmonious result pays tribute to the site’s history and reveals its classic architectural elegance.
“Authentic materials fashioned by the best craftsmen stand alongside unique furniture creations and masterpieces of 20th and 21st century design. The ensemble coexists vibrantly.”
The Kering head offices meet the highest environmental standards and also provide the latest equipment in workplace comfort and technology. It is among the first historic monuments to earn the French Haute Qualité Environnementale certification (HQE Renovation) and to be BREEAM certified, the HQE British equivalent. In 2018, 40, rue de Sèvres became the first French historic site to obtain BREEAM In-Use certification and to receive an “excellent” rating in all three assessment categories.