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The new Pathè Fondation in Paris fits discreetly into the rigorous Haussmann city blocks. The expansion of the historic headquarters of the homonymous film production company was designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Established in 1896, the Jérôme Seydoux Pathè is today an institution that deals with the tutelage and promotion of the heritage of French films. The ancient structure owned by the Foundation is the former Theatre des Gobelins, elegant 19th century architecture, characterised by an impressive facade – completely restored with a conservative prospective during the expansion – decorated with original sculptures by Auguste Rodin. The added building, completely transparent, hosts the area of the Foundation open to the public and the administrative offices. This space, flooded with natural light, overlooks the inner garden. The “creation” of the Pathé Fondation seems to live a life of its own. Reclining languidly between nearby buildings, it is an unexpected presence that stands out without “choking” the pre-existing buildings, but at night it lights up and shines distinguishing itself from its surroundings.

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The intervention of RPBW seems like a creature reclining inside the Haussmann building blocks. © Michel Denancé
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At night the Fondation Pathé lights up revealing its transparent roof. © Michel Denancé
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The Pathé Fondation occupies the former Theatre des Gobelins, a 19th century building with the main facade decorated with sculptures by Rodin. © Michel Denancé
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View of the building from Avenue des Gobelins. © Michel Denancé
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Large, light-filled spaces accommodate the offices and archives of the Foundation. © Michel Denancé

The new Pathè Fondation in Paris fits discreetly into the rigorous Haussmann city blocks. The expansion of the historic headquarters of the homonymous film production company was designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Established in 1896, the Jérôme Seydoux Pathè is today an institution that deals with the tutelage and promotion of the heritage of French films. The ancient structure owned by the Foundation is the former Theatre des Gobelins, elegant 19th century architecture, characterised by an impressive facade – completely restored with a conservative prospective during the expansion – decorated with original sculptures by Auguste Rodin. The added building, completely transparent, hosts the area of the Foundation open to the public and the administrative offices. This space, flooded with natural light, overlooks the inner garden. The “creation” of the Pathé Fondation seems to live a life of its own. Reclining languidly between nearby buildings, it is an unexpected presence that stands out without “choking” the pre-existing buildings, but at night it lights up and shines distinguishing itself from its surroundings.

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The Moodboarders is a glance into the design world, which, in all of its facets, captures the extraordinary even within the routine. It is a measure of the times. It is an antenna sensitive enough to pick-up on budding trends, emerging talents and neglected aesthetics. Instead of essays, we use brief tales to tune into the rhythm of our world. We travelled for a year without stopping, and seeing as the memory of this journey has not faded, we have chosen to edit a printed copy. We eliminated anything episodic, ephemeral or fading, maintaining a variety of articles that flow, without losing the element of surprise, the events caught taking place, and the creations having just bloomed.