The project involves the revitalisation and extension of an old industrial building located along the railroad tracks at the entrance to the city of Dunkirk, converted to house a new cooperative workplace, as well as a small nursery and cafeteria. Office space and meeting rooms will be located in the tall historic building, adjacent to a seminar room in the former garage on the ground floor. Two extensions allow the addition of the cafeteria and nursery.
The interventions are intended to be discreet to ensure that the strong presence of the existing building is not disrupted. The extensions are added horizontally at ground-floor level so as not to hide the old mill. The new openings in the thick brick walls are created according to the rhythm of the existing façade. The light external metal staircase reveals the historic building behind.
The exterior materials contribute to this discretion, with glass, wood and metal complementing the existing red and yellow-orange brick. The structure and interior finish of the extensions is of a light coloured wood, creating a warm and soothing atmosphere.