Well-known lawyers

In Paris VIII, the law firm August Debouzy entrusted Studio Razavi Architecture with the task of restructuring the very chic Art Deco building that it now occupies…

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Rue de Tehran (Paris VIII). The Art Deco building, renovated by Studio Razavi Architecture.


The input sequence

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The visitor is welcomed by two statues, on the left the samurai, on the right the owl, the symbolic totems of the founders of the firm, the lawyers Gilles August and Olivier Debouzy…


Hall and reception desk

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Oversized reception desk, wall panels veneered with American elm, deep sofas, modernist upholstery: the chic codes inspired by the lobby of a grand hotel.

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Thick carpet on the floor, works of art on the wall, insulating partitions, airlocks… Padded privacy on all floors.

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View from a balcony on one of the building’s two interior courtyards.


The Council Chamber, heart of the August Debouzy firm’s reactor.

Near Parc Monceau, in the discreet and cozy rue de Téhéran (Paris 8th arrondissement), the law firm August Debouzy has taken possession of its new premises, an elegant building from the 1920s, renovated and restructured by Studio Razavi Architecture.

At the heart of the process, the desire to translating the “values” of the August Debouzy “brand” into stone through the various areas of the program, respecting the requirements specific to the legal profession – reception, comfort, confidentiality, etc. – in a place that can accommodate up to 300 people. Without forgetting to offer a cosy, fluid and bright ensemble.

Initially, an office building delivered in 1927 by the architect Bruno Pellissier (1865-1927), to be the headquarters of the West African Commercial Company (SCOA), dissolved in 1998. The place then, in particular, housed Danone and Dior Parfums, and underwent several successive renovations. It therefore now houses the firm August Debouzy, founded 25 years ago by Gilles August and Olivier Debouzy (30 partners, 250 employees), which left its premises on Avenue de Messine, nearby, for lack of space. .

Tokyo inspired

“August Debouzy entrusted us with precise specifications,” explains Alireza Razavi, founding architect of Studio Razavi Architecture. One of the dimensions borrowed from the hotel industry, as a reflection of the quality of reception and life. As such, the Okura hotel in Tokyo was a very good reference to followat the same time modernist, warm and rooted in tradition”.

Armed with these specifications, the architect tackled the building with his comb plan articulated around two interior courtyards, developed over 7500 m² spread over nine levels in the superstructure and three in the basement. The renovated building now revolves around two double-height halls forming interior courtyards surmounted by glass roofs. On the upper levels, from R+2 to R+6, there are workspaces (offices, meeting rooms, common areas), decorated with outdoor passageways and other balconies conducive to relaxation. The top floor, R+8, formerly intended for management, becomes with this new distribution a space open to all employees.

Technical sheet

Donor works:

Client: PGIM Real Estate. AMO: Builders & Partners.

Project management: Studio Razavi Architecture.

Execution project management: Builders & Partners.

BET: CAT Ingénierie + Ertem (fluids), Meta Acoustique (acoustics), Green Affair (HQE).

Control office: BTP Consultants.

Contractors: Dumez IDF-Vinci Construction.

Lessee works:

Client: August Debouzy. AMO: Free height.

Project management: Studio Razavi Architecture.

Execution project management: Triax. BET: Atixis (fluids), LMI (audiovisual), Meta Acoustique (acoustics).

Control office: Tecobat.

Main companies: Siltec (furniture), DWG (light partitions), Emab + Marbrerie de la Seine (fitting), Aurion (HVAC), Irelem (audiovisual), Mugo (landscaping).

Area: 7,500 m2 SP. Cost: na

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