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An Architecture Office Lives Inside this '50s Printing Plant

All photos courtesy of Philippe Chiambaretta Architecte

An architecture firm in Paris has converted a midcentury printing plant in the Marais into their new headquarters. Preserving the building's gabled roof and structural details, like ramps once used to funnel items from the printing press (which are now staircases), the light-filled modern offices of PCA Architects only required a partial demolition. Channeling the look of newsprint, the new building has a black exterior and white interior, with glass walls on all sides. There is an open courtyard in the middle of the building, with a wooden deck, tables, and small trees. "The notion of transparency and communication has been put into effect by creating vast open spaces while still preserving various private areas: a library and several meeting rooms," the architects write, of their own striking office.

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