Fixed parts (conference rooms, control room) and flexible components (laboratories, performing and production studios) are articulated on the platform. The satellites function as footbridges projecting into their immediate surroundings – both literally and symbolically – housing the media library, guest artist residences, training labs, a think-tank “Seed” center, parking silo, and a theatre.
The particulars of the mechanical assembly methods used for all construction elements allow for future dismantling of each component and therefore short-term adaptations and transformations as well as long-term recycling.
A similar structure implemented previously at the École National d'Art Décoratif in Limoges, completed in 1993/94, provides the experience and a point of departure for the design of the Métafort Monospace.
Program: METAFORT is a socio-cultural multimedia research center set up in the old for Aubervilliers on the northern fringe of Paris.
Client: Ministry of Culture, City of Aubervilliers
Status: 1996-1998 Competition 1st prize, Research 1995
Location: Aubervilliers, Seine Saint Denis, France
Cost: 21 M€ (value 1995)
Surface: 19,825 m²
Architecture: LABFAC, Finn Geipel, Nicolas Michelin, Michel Deplace and Bernd Hoge (project leaders) with Nicholas Boudier, Cyril Trétout, Simone Wyss, Karine Labbay and Claudia von Bogen, Paris; Structural engineer: Werner Sobek, Stuttgart; Concrete engineer: Pierre Bisotto; Fluids engineer and lighting: Andy Sedgwick, Ove Arup, London; Jean Pierre Ceton (writer); Joseph Hanimann (philosopher); Model Construction: Michel Goudin, Paris.