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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.

Ecotourism Center in France by Innovation Création & Architecture

March 28th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Innovation Création & Architecture

The site the “gorges de Franchard” is the most popular among the forest massif of Fontainebleau (the biggest listed site in France).
This very sensitive site of high quality within the new nature reserve  biosphère  is supported by the European program  PROGRESS

Two close volumes

  • Architect: INCA – Innovation Création & Architecture
  • Name of Project: Ecotourism Center In France
  • Location: Fontainebleau, France
  • Date: Delivered in april 2011
  • Client: Seine et Marne tourisme
  • INCA’s mission: Complete project management
  • Budget: 1000 000 € H.T
  • Surface area: 5400m2 converted; 250m2 built
  • Team: CAP Paysage (paysagiste), ARPENTE (BET bois), ALPES STRUCTURES et ROSTAIN COSTE (BET Technique), M. FORGUE (économie de la construction)
  • Software used: Vectorworks and Adobe Suite

The very first Eco tourism center within the île de France’s goal is the better management of the traffic flow of the area as much as the public awareness of its great fragility. Organized around a welcoming and exhibiting area, the project includes a great hall designed for group receptions and pedagogical activities.

The wooden structure above exterior space

The project is developed based on the analyses the agency made on the building’s atmospheres and its connections to the landscape.
The building is thought as a living room in the woods. Its wide and smooth shapes gently wandering along the preserved trees are inspired form the eroded stones seen on the site.

As a true dialogue between architecture and nature the project defines new limits. On one hand there are public areas and one the other the fragile forest with limited access.

The global environmental approach guiding the project insures the control of its impact. The orientation choices and the protection from the main winds optimize the bio-climatic solutions and the Eco friendly energies sources used. The use of wood and its implementation gives us the opportunity for Eco-construction solutions. Superficial foundations insure the project’s reversibility.

This comfortable and functional project offers a high degree of flexibility depending on the season and one the attendance rate.

The modular shutters

Shapes inspired by rocks sliping between trees

An interior design inspired by forest

An exterior space to entertain groups

A light architecture between trees

A hospitable building in the center of the forest

13 millions visitors in a year in 200 square meters

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