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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.

Business incubator, Training centre by h2o architectes

 
April 9th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: h2o architectes 

The EPF Normandie and the commune of Pont-Audemer wanted to convert the industrial site of an ancient paper factory into offices/workshops for different companies.

The ancient paper factory is a symbol of an important part of the local working class memory. The architectural conversion suggested by the agency had three principle axis of development.

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

  • Architects: h2o architectes 
  • Project: Business incubator, Training centre
  • Photography: Stéphane Chalmeau, Julien Attard
  • Software used: Rhino
  • Mission: In charge of studies and construction site
  • Surface: 1500 m², 2500 m² exterior
  • Construction cos: 2 800 000 euros HT
  • Date: Delivered December 2013
  • Team: h2o architectes (lead architect) with M. Virtz quantity surveyor, Louis Choulet Mechanical and Sustainability Engineers BMI, Structure Engineers, France Aires Exterior infrastructure Engineers

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Firstly, the agency was careful to preserve almost completely the volume of the factory. The serial aspect of the construction is emphasized by the creation of a few new spaces which visually cut into the mass of the building. These correspond to new entrances and new uses.

Image Courtesy © Julien Attard

Secondly, the project concentrated on the central common space that links the different workshops, offices and meeting rooms. It was conceived of as a space capable of facilitating exchanges between the different young emerging companies.

Image Courtesy © Julien Attard

The generous circulation space includes a « street » (the central corridor) and a « square » (where can be found the building’s central staircase) ; these functional spaces become lively meeting places, beyond the strict professional context. A large roof lighting recalls the function of « passageways » in the 19th century town or covered public spaces.

Lastly, and important environmental component was included in the project from the start, marking a happy contrast with the heavy industrial past.

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Image Courtesy © Julien Attard

Image Courtesy © Julien Attard

Image Courtesy © h2o architectes

Image Courtesy © h2o architectes

Image Courtesy © h2o architectes

Image Courtesy © h2o architectes

Image Courtesy © h2o architectes

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