The construction sites of Greater Paris are a valuable source of materials. The former Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Hospital (Paris 14) and its 1,200 doors are one such resource among many others. The idea is to select doors on site, to remove and protect them thanks to the deconstruction market set up by the developer, Paris & Métropole Aménagement, and then to transport them to Mobius’ workshops in Rosny-sous-Bois, transform them following the designs prepared by Atelier d’Architecture Vincent Parreira with the men and women recruited by ARES.
200 tables set up at Grand Palais Éphémère
As part of the “This is not a door” project Mobius Réemploi and AAVP ARCHITECTURE are present at the 10th International Wood Construction Forum (FBC) at Grand Palais Ephémère in Paris from July 15 to 17, 2021.
They are supplying 200 tables to the exhibitors at FBC 2021 made from 1,200 doors from the former Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Hospital in Paris (14th arrondissement). This project represents a new perception of materials. The doors are no longer considered waste but materials and living matter. The use of tables as part of FBC 2021 stems from the desire to reduce the carbon footprint of the annual conference dedicated to wooden construction and therefore touching on the subject of carbon neutrality in construction.
For the production of these 200 tables, 8 employees undergoing rehabilitation of Groupe Ares will have been mobilized from removal from the site of the old hospital to installation at the forum. Vocational rehabilitation helps promote the return to employment of people suffering from social exclusion (unqualified youth, homeless people, people with disabilities, and so on)
Social impact is therefore at the heart and core of the Ceci n’est pas une porte ! [This is not a door] project.
Exhibition in the studiolo: Ceci n’est pas une porte !
Atelier Architecture Vincent Parreira / Mobius / Ares
Presented from February 6 to April 4, 2021
Pavillon de l’Arsenal officially launched the studiolo, an open program of micro-exhibitions that can be seen from Boulevard Morland, with the presentation of “Ceci n’est pas une porte !” [This is not a door!], a project led by the architects Vincent Parreira and Marie Brodin (founder and associate, respectively, of AAVP), Noé Basch and Aurélien Furet (founders of Mobius), and the nonprofit organization Ares.
Their experiment was produced as part of the FAIRE accelerator, with doors that were recovered from the site of the former Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Hospital, thanks to the support of Paris & Métropole Aménagement. It serves to demonstrate the potential of occupational rehabilitation through the reuse of building waste.
For Vincent Parreira and Marie Brodin, the construction sites of Greater Paris are not only a valuable source of materials that can be designed with, but also a resource for vocational rehabilitation. Acting on this conviction, alongside Mobius, France’s largest supplier of materials coming from reuse, in 2019 they started identifying, classifying, and referencing all removable components that were present in the buildings slated for demolition on the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul site.
The 1,200 doors, selected for their serial character as well as their materiality, were removed from site thanks to the deconstruction market set up by the developer, Paris & Métropole Aménagement, and then transported to Mobius’ workshops in Rosny-sous-Bois. Using this homogenous resource, Atelier Architecture Vincent Parreira designed furniture for everyday use—doors, tables, bird houses, and lamps—and then manufactured the first prototypes with Mobius. The transformation allows for the extraction of 60 m³ of waste as furniture, as well as the simultaneous training of 8 people under the guidance of Ares, a nonprofit focusing on social and economic rehabilitation.
From real estate to furniture, the models exhibited in the Studiolo are the first in a much longer series. More than 200 tables will be manufactured! They will be used by exhibitors at the 10th International Wood Construction Forum, due to be held at Grand Palais Éphémère in Paris in summer 2021. This partnership with a major proponent of the wood sector came very early, underpinning the experiment and allowing for a production line to be set up, ultimately demonstrating that reuse creates jobs!
Architecture firm of Vincent Parreira
Vincent Parreira & Marie Brodin, architects and designers
Noé Basch & Aurélien Furet, removal, transport, and transformation of the doors
Noé Basch, accountant specializing in the economics of material, energy, and carbon resources
ARES, an organization for economic ans social reintegration
Mathilde Karmin, recruiter of individuals eligible for reintegration for the transformation of the doors
Pierre Jallet, chief planner of the ZAC Saint-Vincent-de-Paul mixed development zone, availability of the doors.
The organization created by AAVP, MOBIUS, and ARES will lead all phases of the project.