Conference facilities – CNRS Meudon
The renovation of the conference facilities seeks to revive the original elegance of the19th century “castle” after series of unfortunate degradation. The building is currently occupied by the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). The space has a rich history and was successively used as a luxurious hotel, restaurant, research and experimental laboratories. It was home to the dance ateliers of Isadora Duncan during La Belle Epoque and a military hospital during World War II. The decadent space had a grand staircase, peristyles, and large arching windows that unveiled breathtaking views of Paris. Over time the building was stripped of its original decorative apparatuses. The renovation of the building will bring a new lustre, and a clear organisation of the four main elements: a 142 seat conference room, a meeting room, a dining room, and sanitation area comprised of restrooms and locker rooms. The ceilings are restored; mirrors are installed to replicate the large windows of the 19th century façade, the floors are oak wood, and ceiling lights’ are specially designed to cater a meeting room.
Program Conference and meeting rooms
Client French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
Area 450 m²
Budget 1 100 000 €
Consultants THOR, MMG, AÏDA
Year Competition 2008