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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.

BAGNOLET TOWN HALL by Jean-Pierre LOTT

 
April 12th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Jean-Pierre LOTT

OBJECTIVES

The project’s 5 objectives, which encompass the new development, are to:

  • develop the town hall plaza;
  • create a connection with the existing historic building;
  • close off Rue Benoit Hure (whose only use was to provide access to the Mercuriales car park);
  • design a building whose scale would be compatible with the existing buildings and would help to reorganise the space;
  • open a pedestrian zone linking the cinema and the shops in order to develop community life.

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

  • Architects: Jean-Pierre LOTT
  • Project: BAGNOLET TOWN HALL
  • Photography: Luc Boegly, Mairie de Bagnolet
  • Project manager: Anne-Flore DEROBERT
  • Contractor: Ville de Bagnolet
  • Executive contractor: Sequano Aménagement
  • Firms: engineering firm: BERIM
  • Stage design: MAS EA Consultants
  • Engineering firm breame in use: Oasiis
  • General firm: Urbaine de Travaux

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Jean-Pierre Lott’s firm was tasked with working out how to represent the new building simply and clearly while at the same time preserving the historic town hall and its location in the middle of the square.  Its proposal was to install a “sculpture” made up of three protruding slabs and scaled to the size of the neo-classical existing town hall. This juxtaposition of old and new immediately creates a connection between the two buildings.

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

FACADES

On the street side, the façade of the offices is protected by a skin of woven stainless steel mesh which shields the offices from view and from direct sunlight. The façade also features passageways to allow staff to evacuate all the offices in the event of a fire. The project includes patios and patio gardens at the side of the building (one where the street used to be), which provide a pleasant view for staff within the town hall and for the neighbouring building. The façades feature angular balconies, clad with a mesh of stainless steel panels. Each office opens out onto this space, thereby increasing its floor space externally. The purpose of this double skin is to:

  • provide offices with an alternative emergency exit to exits leading to the atrium (as requested by the fire services);
  • create distance between the offices, as working areas, and public areas;
  • ensure excellent sun control for the offices, which are fully glazed.

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

ATRIUM

In order to achieve a harmonious effect, the building was designed with a large atrium, which is visible from each floor and which gives the town hall a sense of unity and community. On entering the building, there is a large hall to welcome the public. This is an area for people to meet and socialise and for holding exhibitions. The other areas open to the public are grouped together on the first two floors so as to limit movement within the building. Each floor is served by three lifts, situated in the hall (see photo below).

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Image Courtesy © Mairie de Bagnolet

Image Courtesy © Mairie de Bagnolet

Image Courtesy © Mairie de Bagnolet

Image Courtesy © Jean-Pierre LOTT

Image Courtesy © Jean-Pierre LOTT

Image Courtesy © Mairie de Bagnolet

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Image Courtesy © Mairie de Bagnolet

Image Courtesy © Mairie de Bagnolet

Image Courtesy © Jean-Pierre LOTT

Image Courtesy © Jean-Pierre LOTT

Image Courtesy © Jean-Pierre LOTT

Image Courtesy © Jean-Pierre LOTT

Image Courtesy © Jean-Pierre LOTT

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