In a press conference on Monday 30 January 2017, Pierre Christophe Baguet, Mayor of Boulogne-Billancourt and President of Grand Paris Seine Ouest, and Laurent Dumas, President of the Emerige Group, presented the large cultural and artistic hub to be built on the upstream end of the Ile Seguin by 2021.
The project located on the northern end of the Seguin Island, developed by Emerige and its associate AOG, comprises a multidisciplinary arts centre and a mul- tiplex cinema, as well as a concept hotel revolving around contemporary art.
The cultural focus reaffirms Pierre-Christophe Baguet’s ambition to turn the island, which has im- portant historical and heritage value, into the cultu-
ral heart of the Grand Paris. This is also in line with the patronage policy of the Emerige Endowment Fund, which aims to support the arts and make them accessible to the broadest possible public.
S17: A NEW CULTURAL AMBITION AND A BRIDGE ACROSS THE TWO BANKS
Designed by RCR Arquitectes, the Catalan trio behind the Musée Soulages in Rodez, and Calq, the cultural and artistic hub, dominated by a complementary architectural feature which, similarly to a lighthouse, will be visible from afar by locals, Ile-de-France residents and tourists from all over the world. It will include an arts centre and a multiplex with 8 movie theatres, accessible through an arcade overlooking the Seine.
Direction of the cultural and artistic programming will be entrusted to Jérôme Sans, whose multidisciplinary approach will foster the emergence of new conversations between all elds of contemporary artistic creation.
Alongside the collection of Laurent Dumas, a symbol of his passion for the arts, other emblematic and historic collections and foundations will be invited to ll the exhibition spaces – one of these,will be the Renault art collection echoing its industrial legacy. Other cultural partners close to Emerige are working to develop colla- borative projects. Among these are the Fondation Giacometti and the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art.
In addition to this, an ambitious artistic and cultural programme aimed at young people will be developed, echoing Emerige’s active support policy to bring culture closer to all kinds of audiences.
A LARGE CULTURAL AND ARTISTIC HUB ON THE UPSTREAM END OF THE SEGUIN ISLAND IN THE WESTERN PART OF PARIS, DEVELOPED BY EME- RIGE AND DESIGNED BY RCR ARQUI- TECTES, BAUMSCHLAGER EBERLE AND CALQ.
Proof of this ambition is the fact that, in due course, the hub will become the new home of the great French painter Gérard Garouste’s La Source, extending the Emerige Group’s support to this association.
In this cultural breeding ground, additional functions will develop to further nourish the urban life of this new complex. Local and Ile-de-France residents or international visitors will be able to stroll around the envisaged spaces: a bookshop, restaurants, cafes, but also art galleries, showrooms and exhibition spaces open to the public with the support of the Comité Professionnel des Galeries d’Art.
S18: AN ART HOTEL DESIGNED BY BAUMSCHLAGER EBERLE WILL INAUGURATE EMERIGE’S NEW “1 ROOM, 1 ARTWORK” INITIATIVE
On the northern tip of the island, the gurehead designed by Baumschlager Eberle – a 13,000 m2 concept ho- tel revolving around contemporary art – will be a real extension of the artistic and cultural hub. The complex will include a bar and restaurant with breathtaking views over Paris, a swimming pool and a spa. Each of the hotel’s 220 rooms will be home to the work of a contemporary French artist. This initiative, called “1 chambre, 1 oeuvre” (“1 room, “1 artwork”), is an offshoot of the “1 immeuble, 1 oeuvre” initiative (“1 building, 1 artwork”) co-founded by Emerige. “1 immeuble, 1 oeuvre” is a label by which thirteen main players of the real estate sector make a commitment to order artworks for any programme of building to be built or to be renovated. The “1 chambre, 1 oeuvre” initiative aims to give visibility to young French artists and contribute to supporting their work.
Overlooking the Seine Valley to the east, Boulogne to the north and the Meudon Hills to the south, with views of the Ile Saint-Germain, the strength of this development on the Ile Seguin lies in the combination of different points of view. This is the reason why Emerige chose to call upon different architects who combine experience and vision. The three agencies involved – RCR Arquitectes, Baumshlager Eberle and Calq – will dialogue with each other and with the island’s landscape architect Michel Desvigne, who will be in charge of the 2,000 m2 ter- race, 18 metres above ground, as well as the outdoor spaces, including 700 m2 of green roofs.
“This site is a symbol. A symbol of change, of transition between past and future. This is undoubtedly why the Ile Seguin continues to arouse such passions […]. We are building step by step, stone by stone, the foundations of one of the biggest cultural hubs in Europe. This is a response to the evils burdening our time. Culture is the real catalyst that allows men to thrive.” Pierre-Christophe Baguet, Mayor of Boulogne-Billancourt, President of Grand Paris Seine Ouest
“Sponsoring, undertaking and developing an architectural project on this emblematic site, is rst of all respecting and integrating the island’s landscape and features and its industrial legacy. This is an opportunity for Emerige to express its strong commitment to sharing its passion for culture and the arts with the public.” Laurent Dumas, President of the Emerige Group
Image: Perspective south facade, view from Meudon, ©Berga & González Architects