The group, representing excellence in wines and spirits, has established its French headquarters above the Grande Épicerie de Paris, on the upper floors of Bon Marché, with a floor space of over 10,000 m² in the gastronomic heart of Paris.
The stakes were very high in both image and use. The project had to reflect Möet Hennessy’s values, enhance the site’s Art Deco heritage, design a sustainable project, embody the group’s development strategy in the project, and initiate a cultural transformation of the company by presenting contemporary workspaces, amid a profound questioning of working methods and the spread of distance working.
The aim was to create a unique, outstanding project that would benefit Moët Hennessy’s staff. Driven by the vision of Philippe Schaus, the company’s President, the method of the architects Barbarito Bancel was based on listening, with the aim of designing tailor-made spaces and bringing out the potential of the place and its hidden virtues. Common sense, high standards and the quality of the result are the foundations of sustainable architecture.
The challenge was to design contemporary workspaces in partnership with the Moët Hennessy teams, including Sylvie Atienza, director of human resources, aiming steadily at transformation, creativity and results. In an increasingly digital, “augmented and algorithmic” society, offices can still convey feelings, pleasure, well-being and renewed peer relationships. They are a vital ingredient in the performance and success of any business.
The space for “productive work” becomes a “place to live”, “a place of empathy”, promoting personal growth, confidence and sharing. At first glance, the quality of the architectural space is visual; it then touches the sphere of the invisible, relating to individual feelings and favouring well-being that goes well beyond immediate comfort.
Today’s workspaces are capable of developing qualities similar to those of living spaces. Creating emotions, stirring the senses, offsetting the expansion of virtual space and the presence of digital technology: these are the new requirements that architecture has to fulfil. The wish for renewed ties with nature resonates with the urge to disconnect from the virtual world. The desire for “beauty” is no longer superfluous; it has become an elementary need, an essential quality.
The adoption of current thinking about workspaces and the embodiment of the Moët Hennessy group’s values in architecture were the first step in the project. Excellence, know-how, craftsmanship, attention to detail, authenticity of materials, nobility without ostentation, the festive spirit, the pleasure of celebrating, the art of living and the art of tasting: Moët Hennessy’s values have been a source of inspiration.
In these ways the project exploits “natural light as its raw material” and creates sightlines towards the Parisian urban landscape or the central patio laid out with vegetation. This combination defines comfortable workplaces, bright, soundproof and filled with greenery. Likewise, the project seeks the right balance between shared space and individual space, with an efficient organisation between servant spaces and served spaces, and offers a clearly legible plan that conveys a sense of security and serenity
In keeping with these values, the Barbarito Bancel practice offers a comprehensive and holistic design to develop a tailor-made, coherent and unique spatial ensemble: glazed steel frames in the façade, removable partitions, the design of the furniture, flexible floors, parquet, carpets, lighting, chandeliers, signage and iconography.
Ultimately, the MH142 project has been an architectural, human and entrepreneurial adventure conducted with the desire to combine efficiency, elegance and feeling. The staff’s sense of fulfilment is undoubtedly the greatest reward.
Équipe de Projet/Project Team
Barbarito Bancel Architectes
38 rue de Sèvres
142 rue du Bac
Paris 7e, France