Malka Architecture / La Nouvelle Heloise

Located in Livre, Paris and completed in 2016. This 110 square meter monochrome office with floating wall systems was designed by Malka Architecture.

Malka Architecture

“Settled in the 13th district of Paris, a few steps aways from the Héloïse and Abélard’s square, Agoratic’s brand new office propose several digital training rooms , offices and meeting rooms. The scope statement essentially included a need for multipurpose spaces .

To facilitate the use of  the office, we’ve created, developped and patented floating walls systems, suspended 3mm above the floor and below the ceiling. Theses elements that includes walls and full height doors are patented under the name of MuMo ( Mur Mobiles in French, meaning Mobile Walls ).

This system enables to create multiple combinations of various sizes of spaces. The movement of the MuMo draws multiple axis of rotation. The black and white masses are the results, the physical footprint of this circular motion.The axis intersections are treated as a set of a tree-dimensionnal chessboard, with alternating light and dark  squares boxes.

The result produces a meaningful structure to this ballet of moving walls, where the whole is different from the sum of its parts.

At the moment when the use of laptops provides a mobile and flexible use in the workspaces, the architecture of La Nouvelle Heloïse materializes a space with multiple ways to work, allowed by a mobile, flexibile and and autonomous structural system.

This bicephalous space experiments visual distortions; false mirrors, symetries and real time fish-eye effect.

The offices stretches and contracts, divides, adds and creates polymorphic spaces, from remote workpod to generous meeting-rooms.

The walls glide like musical notes, merely touching each others, hugging and separating perpetually, as a continuous tribute to Heloïse and Abélard.

As a polymorphous space, a monochrome camouflage, bicephalous, La Nouvelle Heloïse frame and dissolves the space with an ambiguity of its own; between a familiar space with retro references and the invention of a futuristic typology.”

   

Photography by Laurent Clément