MCB Raymond lamusse bldg
Completed in 2016
The MCB Raymond Lamusse Building is a two-storey building of neo-classical style, constructed in the 1950s, and is neighbour to the busy market of Port Louis. The building forms part of the buffer zone, set up by the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Property for the city of Port Louis
A complete internal transformation was asked by the client, the MCB Ltd. Their initial brief came from their desire to relocate their kitchen and canteen, previously located at the 4th floor of the MCB Centre which is connected by a bridge to the Raymond Lamusse Building.
These areas, in the MCB Centre, no longer met the needs of the users in terms of space and standards. The concept was consequently to relocate and redesign the new kitchen and eating areas at the Ground Floor of the Raymond Lamusse Building and in the same time restore and renovate the other areas of the building. The internal courtyard also formed part of this requalification process.
Keeping in mind all the needs of the Client, our intention was to transform the existing dark and ordinary spaces into a contemporary look with sufficient light and ventilation for a proper working, eating and relaxing atmosphere. The existing went into an architectural metamorphosis through demolition and with the addition of a palette of diversified materials. The rich architectural context of Port Louis inspired us in bringing local materials like stone and wood inside the restaurant and atrium space. The latter acts as visual and spatial connection to the first floor offices which are themselves generous and luminous spaces. This building acquired several levels of significance by this architectural operation.
Facts + Figures
Gross Development Area: 3362 sqm
No of floors: 2