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.
Office Building for Kaufman & Broad in Paris, France by Studioninedots
November 17th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Studioninedots
Studioninedots has won the limited competition for the design of a 9200-m2 office building for Kaufman & Broad in Paris. Called Ya, the site lies close to the Seine, overlooking Parc Billancourt and directly opposite L’île Seguin. Promising teams and renowned architects contributing to this area include Jean Nouvel, Dominique Perrault, KCAP, LAN architecture, Sauerbruch Hutton and Baumshlager Eberle. For the site, Studioninedots designed in collaboration with Atelier 115 architectes a building orientated in all directions with a unique identity derived from the context.
The former Renault factory grounds in Boulogne Billancourt is the final large development area to generate a whole new identity within the Grand Paris zone. Some 15,000 people will live and work here. Ya is located on the eastern side of this area. Its southern tip lies on an important junction on the Avenue Pierre Lefaucheux, the street that forms the transition between the high-rise development in the district, Parc Billancourt and the Seine.
Studioninedots designed a highly legible, iconic office building that holds it own among the high-rise structures on the park-side of Avenue Pierre Lefaucheux. The application of horizontal articulation also connects the project to the more small-scale residential developments in the vicinity. The open entrance faces the park and offers an exciting view through to the courtyard.
The facade combines bronze-tinted aluminium and glass. Tilting the vertical aluminium slats at an angle reduces to a minimum the period in which sunlight can enter without affecting the view. Depending on the amount of solar incidence and the orientation, the slats are positioned closer to one another or further apart. This constantly changes the appearance of the building, which surprises all the time.
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