In a residential neighborhood of the Saint Jean Cap Ferrat village, rehabilitation and reconversion of an old storehouse into what is now the showroom of JA Architecture studio.
Preserving the scale and respecting the immediate proximity of habitations, the architectural concept consisted of transforming the exterior walls in red ochre panels to shed light on the grey niches that shelter the bay windows.
The curved shape of the sliding doorway follows the flow of the public road lines.
To welcome passers-buy, the property was designed to be totally transparent, it is utterly vitrified.
Offering continuity to the eye, the welcoming lounge and working area integrate sliding glass doors that structure the space. Functionality was a key consideration when it comes to the choice of the furniture; terraces were transformed into parking spaces for visitors and staff. A backyard garden hosts a Cedar tree, a tribute to Lebanon, homeland of the architect, in addition to a colorful variety of fruit trees.
JA Architects office was assigned the restructuring and rearrangement of the Showroom of the Russian car brand Marussia in Monaco, opened in May 2012.
Located at the ground floor of the Fairmont Hotel, the showroom can be accessed by both the external entrance of the hotel and an interior gallery. The space was conceived in a way to showcase the cars from below and above, as well as from an inclined position, visible if one is standing outside the showroom.
A white dressing, display screens in a mural band, technical artifacts creatively displayed through the space are all elements that further highlight and draw attention to the spectacular cars.