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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.

Archipel Habitat head office in Rennes, France by BRUNO GAUDIN Architectes

 
February 23rd, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: BRUNO GAUDIN Architectes

construction of Archipel Habitat head office, including reception areas for the public, offices, meeting rooms and a large boardroom. Construction of a district civic centre, featuring a district town hall, a multipurpose hall and annexes, parking facilities and services.

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

  • Architects: BRUNO GAUDIN Architectes
  • Project: Archipel Habitat head office
  • Location: Rennes, France
  • Photography: Stéphane Chalmeau, Nicolas Borel
  • Contractor: Archipel Habitat – OPH Rennes Metropole
  • Project manager: lead architect: Bruno Gaudin Architectes and associate architect : Benoit Gautier
  • Schedule: 2009-2013
  • Net surface area: 8,535 m² + 72 parking spaces on two underground levels
  • Cost of works: 14,7 M€ TTC

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

This mixed-use development, carried out as part of the Archipel Habitat head office project, includes district public facilities and commercial space. It aims to transform Place de la Communauté, a major public area in Rennes.

The granite facade blends into the ground, and is complemented by glass panels which form a sparkling and colourful sequence.

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

A courtyard indents and opens up the monolith, allowing light to fully penetrate the core of building. There is a clear and generous distribution of light throughout.

The central hub of the building is crowned by a glass atrium which provides an infusion of natural light. Reflections wrap around the solid metal handrails, shaping the central area.

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Although workspaces are modular, their design is by no means standard. Meticulous care was taken when creating the offices to give them height and large windows, and to focus on seeing and understanding the materials used: concrete, wood, lights, ventilation ducts, suspended radiant heating panels… all of which make the space elegant and unique.

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Image Courtesy © Nicolas Borel

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Image Courtesy © Nicolas Borel

Image Courtesy © Nicolas Borel

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Image Courtesy © BRUNO GAUDIN Architectes

Image Courtesy © BRUNO GAUDIN Architectes

Image Courtesy © BRUNO GAUDIN Architectes

Image Courtesy © BRUNO GAUDIN Architectes

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