Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Magnum Gallery in PARIS, France by Birds Portchmouth Russum
June 13th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Birds Portchmouth Russum
Working in collaboration with architect Chris Stead of Paris, BPR designed a gallery, cafe and office for the Magnum Photography agency.
Three architectural moves are key in turning this former hotel ballroom into an integrated set of spaces. A portion of the ground floor concrete slab is cut away, a bridge spanned across it, and a cafe ‘trailer’ inserted into the front facade. The front of the trailer pushes through to the street, defining the entrance and helping to project the identity of the gallery.
The cafe shares the top floor with a gallery and book store, set beneath a restored roof lantern of glass lenses. The basement includes a flexible gallery and research area.
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