2015 — 2020 Paris, France

Réalimenter Masséna - Reinventer Paris

On Sustainable Feeding: An advanced base for research and the circular economy.

It would be wrong to believe that the current buzz over cooking, and more broadly nutrition, in Western Europe and the United States is only a phenomenon driven by the media. The reality is unfortunately more profound. In fact, the prime motivation behind this interest is growing concern at a lack of understanding of the immense complexity of the globalized food chain. While initiatives to return the human dimension to food flourish, they are not ambitious enough in scale when we face the challenge to feed nine billion people by 2050, in a context of pollution and increased global warming. While there are many research institutes around the world working to find a solution to this unfolding crisis, their work remains largely inaccessible to the general public. We believe it is necessary to create a single place, in a large city like Paris, where one can experience and share in real time all dimensions of ongoing research in a friendly atmosphere. Our site is the former ‘Massena Station’ for a project that forms part of an iconic urban metamorphosis of ‘Grand Paris’. Alongside existing and future “urban monuments,” the site is a pivot between the border of Paris and its suburbs. Bordering the boulevard Maréchaux and the Petite Ceinture (the old railway circling Paris, today a habitat for a growing biodiversity), the station carries the suggestion of a metropolitan scale, which, interrogated, fed into the idea of the proposal.

Réalimenter Masséna becomes, at this scale, part of the ecology of the Petite Ceinture. This project embodies a vibrant urban journey, innovative and sustainable. Drawing on the site history of the train station, it invites users on a trip around the daily cycle of food, from growing, through harvesting to consumption. The ramps weave the link between the various programs that form this system, and the actors they depend on. It is a focal point in Paris, with an international outreach. Researchers, chefs, food economists, agricultural specialists, and committed artists form an international network of partners that use this as a place of synergy, exchange, and gatherings.

In the 13th arrondissement, Réalimenter Masséna becomes a place open to all: a verdant beacon for life in this neighborhood. It is a place to create a complete food culture from the grain to the product, back to the grain. Generated by a circular economy both architecturally and programmatically, the project focusses on reuse, closed loops and self-sufficiency. Ré‐Alimenter Masséna helps us to build a better relationship to the bodies that support us, both our own and our earth.

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Awards

Réinventer Paris
Competition - Paris, France
Réalimenter Masséna - Paris Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture FR40B_01
Réalimenter Masséna - Paris Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture FR40B_02
Réalimenter Masséna - Paris Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture FR40B_03
Réalimenter Masséna - Paris Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture FR40B_04
Réalimenter Masséna - Paris Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture FR40B_05
Réalimenter Masséna - Paris Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture FR40B_06
Réalimenter Masséna - Paris Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture FR40B_07
Réalimenter Masséna - Paris Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture FR40B_08
Réalimenter Masséna - Paris Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture FR40B_09
Réalimenter Masséna - Paris Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture FR40B_10
Réalimenter Masséna - Paris Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture FR40B_11
Réalimenter Masséna - Paris Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture FR40B_12

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Project information

Status
Ongoing
Location
Paris, France
Date
2015 — 2020
Area
1800 m²
Commission type
Public
Client
Hertel Investissement
Program
Alimentation de la fourche à la fourchette, espace agriculturel, atelier pédagogique, logements, bureaux, cantine, marché, salle de spectacle

Project team

Architects (2016- en cours)
Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture
Engineering
Bollinger + Grohmann
Environmental engineering
Elan
Acoustics
LASA
Fire strategy
Apex
Architect (2015-2016)
Lina Ghotmeh - during her partnership Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane
Management and Programing
Alimentation Générale, La Ruche qui dit Oui, Polychrone, Sous Les Fraises, AgroParisTech, Galerie Magda Danyzs, NQ13
Partners
Engie

Published in

Le Magazine du Monde Jun 06 2018
Le Magazine du Monde (Fr)
Garden City Jan 22 2018
Garden City (USA)
'A'A' Sep 15 2016
'A'A' (Fr)
L'Orient le Jour Feb 12 2016
L'Orient le Jour (Lbn)
Le Journal du Dimanche Jul 12 2015
Le Journal du Dimanche (Fr)
Réalimenter Masséna - Paris Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture FR40B_01
Réalimenter Masséna - Paris Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture FR40B_02
Réalimenter Masséna - Paris Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture FR40B_03
Réalimenter Masséna - Paris Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture FR40B_04
Réalimenter Masséna - Paris Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture FR40B_05
Réalimenter Masséna - Paris Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture FR40B_06
Réalimenter Masséna - Paris Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture FR40B_07
Réalimenter Masséna - Paris Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture FR40B_08
Réalimenter Masséna - Paris Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture FR40B_09
Réalimenter Masséna - Paris Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture FR40B_10
Réalimenter Masséna - Paris Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture FR40B_11
Réalimenter Masséna - Paris Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture FR40B_12

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