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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.

CONSTRUCTION OF AQUITANIS HEADQUARTERS IN BORDEAUX, France by Platform Architectures

 
October 29th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Platform Architectures

Building the head offices of a social housing operator is a unique and symbolic act. For the public and the operator’s various partners, the building needs to embody and reflect the values of Aquitanis. It needs to convey a gentle form of symbolism.

Image Courtesy © Luc BOEGLY

  • Architects: Platform Architectures
  • Project: CONSTRUCTION OF AQUITANIS HEADQUARTERS
  • Location: BORDEAUX, France
  • Photography: Luc BOEGLY,  Jerome RICOLLEAU
  • Competition: March 2009
  • Completion: January 2013
  • Client: AQUITANIS

Project management :

  • Associated Architects: REICHEN et ROBERT & associés
  • Architect in charge: Ana Manzanares (Platform Architectures)
  • Consultant  structure: Khephren
  • Consultant  fluid, thermic and environmental: INEX
  • Economist: AEI
  • Construction team: MATH Ingénierie / Platform Architectures
  • Cost: 7.5 M€ + Tax
  • Area: 4918 sqm
  • Energy performance: THPE EnR

Image Courtesy © Jerome RICOLLEAU

Urban symbolism

The plot of land is located at the entrance of the new Ginko urban development zone, part of a discontinuous and disparate business fabric. The firms, Platform Architectures and Reichen & Robert, came up with a simple urban journey based on the combination of three basic components.

Image Courtesy © Luc BOEGLY

These three elements, which together create a sense of imbalance, highlight the strong symbolism of the project. The subtle layering and misalignment of the various shapes, level upon level, is disconcerting for the visitor, as it appears defy the laws of gravity.

The emptiness formed by the three components gives the building its underlying feeling of space. The placement of each element provides the surrounding urban area with a sense of structure, as the interior spaces.

Image Courtesy © Luc BOEGLY

Architectural symbolism

The hall area and the atrium serve as gathering places, where the public and employees can meet and exchange ideas.

Environmental approach

The building has no cooling or air conditioning, but has an overnight cooling system. At night, the upper section of the atrium and the offices open up to create a flow of cool air caused by the stack effect. The central atrium is therefore used by the building as a kind of breathing apparatus.

Image Courtesy © Luc BOEGLY

Image Courtesy © Luc BOEGLY

Image Courtesy © Luc BOEGLY

Image Courtesy © Luc BOEGLY

Image Courtesy © Platform Architectures

Image Courtesy © Platform Architectures

Image Courtesy © Platform Architectures

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Image Courtesy © Platform Architectures

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