Atelier Berger Milà has designed the definitive artist workshop
Located in the Montparnasse district of Paris, This workshop has been redefined through three interconnected spaces.
Today we chat with Gemma Milà, co-founder of the Atelier Berger Milá studio. A young team of architects and designers based in Paris.
Botó de Cotó: Tell us a bit what motivated you about the place.
Gemma: The project site, an old artist studio in Montparnasse, had accumulated several layers of reforms and transformations over the years. All these partitions and the improvised mezzanines isolated most of the space from natural light and led the occupants to a binary lifestyle: live / work.
BDC: How has the artist’s work routine influenced when designing the workshop?
G: The objective of the project was to redefine a studio house for a couple of artists. The housing-workshop of binary distinction does not necessarily correspond to the reality of the artist’s life, where creation is never far from the many daily rituals and cannot be limited to a single volume.
The project defined 3 spaces: The place where we produce, where we experiment, where we can also exhibit; the social place where we receive, where we exchange; and the intimate place where we retire, where we rest, where we meditate.
BDC: In any artist workshop, natural light is necessary. How have you managed to empower her in a place where there was virtually no?
G: These three spaces are installed to take full advantage of the remarkable possibilities of the existing, enjoying direct light and a majestic double height volume. They are inserted according to the original frame of the wooden structure and are highlighted by large translucent walls and slide to separate without dividing, which makes the spaces and light vary according to the hours and uses. The architecture accompanies the artists, adapts to their way of life and is at the service of their creation.
Photo: Anna Fontanet
About L’Atelier Berger Milà
It is an architecture studio located in Paris. Gemma Milà Cartañá (ES) and Corentin Berger (FR) are its founders.
The two begin their professional activity in Swiss-French studios in Paris, integrating architecture and urban planning projects. The common point of the projects carried out is research on mixed programs and adaptability to new contemporary ways of life, the paradigm shift on the great infrastructure of the twentieth century and its reconversion for ecological improvement and integration.
Because of their respective trajectories, their projects are based on a trans-scalar reflection: from the object to the territory. According to themselves: “Architecture is the means to understand and work the space from the search for sensations of the body in place.”
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