"We are so proud! Another award for Metal 57 and one of the most distinguished! This is a tremendous recognition for the teams of BNP Paribas Real Estate and Dominique Perrault Architecture who have devoted themselves to this project, showcasing our real estate expertise. It was a stiff competition; we were up against high quality schemes and large-scale refurbishments that show just how committed European real estate players are to transforming landmark assets to form a sustainable and inclusive city” declares Thierry Laroue-Pont, CEO of BNP Paribas Real Estate.
Métal 57: protecting and reinventing an industrial legacy
The architect Dominique Perrault Architecture, together with BNPPRE’s Property Development team, wanted to create a new vision for Métal 57. Their mission was to preserve and reinvent the architectural heritage of this iconic French industrial real estate asset, while also conceiving a place to work, live and eat, and a destination accessible to the whole city.
To deliver on this mission, they conceived a new approach to large-scale architectural rehabilitation which has seen a former Renault workshop transformed in to a 37,000 sqm polymorphic space that delivers true mix use, the highest environmental standards, and the protection of biodiversity.
Métal 57 incorporates the latest technologies, together with a bustling street full of services which run through the middle of the building. The entire community will be able to use the gym, business centre, auditorium/function room, restaurants and a café lounge, blurring the lines between public and private spaces, encouraging a diversity of uses and bringing vitality to the local area.
"This large-scale renovation addresses many issues: it preserves the site's heritage and Claude Vasconi's legacy, ensuring urban quality and creating a new living space open to the city. It is a destination building designed to benefit the occupiers and their wellbeing. We rose to the challenge! Thank you to the teams who made it possible; this latest award is dedicated to them”, says Dominique Perrault, lead architect in the redevelopment of Métal 57.
Métal 57, an eco-friendly building
With its focus on environmental quality and protecting biodiversity, Métal 57 embodies a responsible and committed approach. The building aims to be both energy-efficient and exemplary in its environmental efforts. It incorporates both technical and green eco-friendly solutions, such as the 3,500 sq. m. rooftop, which is home to an orchard, a city farm and a sanctuary for local flora and fauna. The occupiers are also involved in this initiative. Workshops on digital responsibility, soft mobility, waste management, recycling and the circular economy are offered to help them reduce their daily carbon footprint and make Métal 57 a more meaningful place.
"We believe that the values of wellbeing, inclusion and respect for the environment are now the minimum expected of a building by responsible and engaged companies. We are delighted with this latest award, which also acknowledges the long-term vision of real estate investors and the impact of their choices on the cities of the future” concludes Arnaud Taverne, Managing Director of CDC Investissement Immobilier, which is managing this investment on behalf of the owners, Caisse des Dépôts and Assurances du Crédit Mutuel.
The building is now fully occupied. Alongside BNP Paribas Real Estate, Kronenbourg, Odigo, Henkel France, Netatmo and Kellogg's are all residents in Métal 57.