In 2012, Emerige was selected to carry out an innovative development programme, as part of the Batignolles district regeneration programme. The company’s founding chairman Laurent Dumas brought together top talents to create a bold project that was technically brilliant both architecturally and environmentally and a successful meeting of contemporary design and patronage.
Emerige commissioned German artist Tobias Rehberger to create a permanent artwork for the future Pont Cardinet metro station, in collaboration with the Parisian transport network RATP and the City of Paris. Laurent Dumas also decided to ask the Bouroullec brothers, represented by galerie kreo, to create an innovative design for a retail space.
The designers created a modular, standalone unit that could be taken down and re-assembled, Le Kiosque, a powder-coated steel structure topped with a broad roof, with large French windows around the sides and an ample terrace. It took Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec three years to design and produce two copies of Kiosque. They were assisted for the technical challenges by the skills and staff of ‘Machine de Nantes’ workshop. The construction can be assembled in three hours and fits inside a semitrailer for transportation.
After the sales phase, the two Kiosque will be donated to the City of Paris, which will move them from one district to another as a venue for social and cultural projects for the public (charity meetings, exhibitions, information kiosks or other local events).
Image: Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Le Kiosque, commissioned by Emerige © Studio Bouroullec - Courtesy Musée du Louvre