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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

FITECO in Changé, France by Colboc Franzen & Associés

August 5th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Colboc Franzen & Associés

The Public accounting group Fiteco was willing to get its head office and its local branch together in only one area, situated in the suburb of Laval.

Facade View (Image Courtesy Cécile Septet)

  • Architects: Colboc Franzen & Associés
  • Project: FITECO
  • Location: Changé, France
  • Client: FITECO Group
  • Budget :2 500 000€
  • Floor space:1776 sqm
  • Project area: 7005 sqm
  • Project Team: Benjamin Colboc, Ulrich Faudry, Manuela Franzen, Jean-Pierre Pommerol, Arnaud Sachet, AesaWindels.
  • Software used: AutoCAD

Atrium (Image Courtesy Cécile Septet)

  • Architects Team: Benjamin Colboc, Manuela Franzen, Arnaud Sachet, SARL J.B. Colboc, (associate architect)
  • Project Manager:Géraud Pin-Barras
  • Engineering: BETHAC
  • Structural Engineering: FOISNET- OREBAT
  • Economist: Colboc Franzen &Associés
  • Photographs: Cécile Septet
  • Beginning of studies:June 2007
  • Date of completion: February 2010

Detail (Image Courtesy Cécile Septet)

The French architecture office Colboc Franzen & Associés decided to go further and to design a single building, so the construction would cost less, the environmental impact of the building would be reduced and the internal organization would be optimized. On the first floor are situated all the common facilities. The local branch settled down on the second floor and the head office on the third and last floor.

Facade 1 (Image Courtesy Cécile Septet)

The heart of the building is composed of an atrium, two cores of services (staircase, elevators, restrooms, photocopy room…). Interior is kept in white, floors in light grey; only the setting of the ceiling lights creates a noticeable graphisme. The air conditioning system running all around each floor at the ceiling along the façade, a uniform positioning of the power sockets, and the moveable dividing (non load-bearing) walls give its versatility to the building. Therefore the neutrality of the working environment doesn’t interfere with the worker’s concentration. The whole building is hatched with a grid (grid unit = 60 cm)

Facade 2 (Image Courtesy Cécile Septet)

Every little detail follows this implacable rhythm. Only the mirror polished stainless steel sheets and the reflection glass of the outer shell break with the strictness of the interior that reflects in itself the rigor of the company. The folded envelope offers, all year long, the reflection of the surrounding nature and the changing light of the seasons.

Genral View 1 (Image Courtesy Cécile Septet)

Genral View 2 (Image Courtesy Cécile Septet)

Hall by Night (Image Courtesy Cécile Septet)

Metting Room (Image Courtesy Cécile Septet)

Hall Outside (Image Courtesy Cécile Septet)

Hall (Image Courtesy Cécile Septet)

Staircase (Image Courtesy Cécile Septet)

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