The association's headquarters will be a true rallying point for its partners and members by Renovation
The William Gonord Architecte Agency (WGA), Métrotope, and Studio Trame are proud to unveil the new offices of the Vaincre la Mucoviscidose association, located in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. Through its new associative and strategic ViVa 2026 project, "Vaincre la Mucoviscidose", a French association fighting against cystic fibrosis, has set the goal of strengthening bonds to build a stronger community.
A new image for the Association, and a showcase for its mission
The association's premises are located at 181 rue de Tolbiac in the basement levels of a 9-floor residential building dating back to the 1960s. Originally closed off with opaque sills and translucent windows, the facade has undergone a complete transformation. The new reception areas feature extensive glass, contributing to the vibrancy of the neighbourhood and making the Association more visible. Solid sections are treated with limestone cladding, showcasing the building's heritage.
Enhanced spatial and social relations
The existing premises had three major flaws: offices without natural light, a lack of welcoming spaces, and a lack of connections between the floors. Removing floorspace around the existing staircases provides a breath of fresh air to the lobby, creating more visual connections between levels. This new interior layout infuses fluidity between reception spaces and work areas. In addition to traditional workspaces, a range of intermediate spaces (coworking areas, gathering spaces, dining areas, etc.) have been designed to encourage greater interaction, strengthen the association's bonds, and foster innovative ways of working.
Diverse spaces, from public to confidential
The functional organization of the new headquarters is divided by floor: on the ground floor, there are public spaces (reception, meeting rooms, social areas, coworking spaces, and dining), while the first floor houses workspaces for the association's staff (individual offices, shared offices, and open workspaces available to all).
A furniture layout in harmony with the Association's values
As the physical heart of the association, Vaincre la Mucoviscidose's premises embody what it means to its patients: a humble, warm, caring spirit, with a backdrop of active advocacy. The spaces are designed to make everyone feel at home, and free to share their struggles and concerns related to the disease. Entering these spaces should feel like taking a breath of hope and resilience.
About William Gonord Architect
William Gonord graduated from the Nantes School of Architecture in 2000. He completed his first architecture project in his third year (1998), winning a competition with Gwenn Flachot to create thirty wooden kiosks for the City of Nantes and the Vitrines de Nantes. These kiosks were used for the Christmas market and the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
About Julien Plessis | Métrotope architecture
After initial training in woodworking, Julien Plessis continued his studies at the Grenoble School of Architecture, earning a master's degree in design (2004) and a DPLG architect's diploma (2005). In 2018, he furthered his education with a university diploma in environmental quality project management.
About Michel Ward | Studio Trame
Michel Ward's Franco-Lebanese heritage and upbringing in the Mediterranean basin deeply influence his perception of spaces and light. The places he designs carry a lasting imprint of generosity and warmth. He draws aesthetic, humble, and earth-conscious materials from his past and present, and telling a place's story through materials is his passion. Each room reflects an intention that he communicates to the occupants.