Social facilities / Tertiary

Family allowance headquarters for Paris’15th arrondissement

Paris

1995-2005

The Paris headquarters of the Caisse d’Allocations Familiales (Family Allowance Office) has been divided into different specialist areas: on the ground floor is the reception hall for welcoming members of the public, on the mid-levels, offices, and at the top a floor dedicated to management and the administrative council.

The shared facilities, an auditorium and a restaurant, are spread across the first floor, while logistics and services are housed in the basement.

The project is located in a Paris faubourg (just inside the Paris ring road) and references the character of the houses and small buildings of the neighbourhood. Careful attention to the treatment of the centre of the city block has ensured a unity for the project, which included restoring an existing building from the 1930s, as well as the construction of a new building. The facade, in white Emalith glass, expresses the rigour of this institution. The transparency of the porch above the entrance hall extends a welcome to the public.