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.
Evergreen campus reception pavilion in Montrouge, France by Arte Charpentier Architectes
July 24th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: v2com
Arte Charpentier Architectes designed an innovative and challenging structure for the entry to the Evergreen campus.
Right at Paris’ doorstep, the Evergreen Campus hosts the Crédit Agricole’s head office. Multiple corporate entities share this space; the entire campus revolves around a central park that acts as its green lung.
The reception pavilion spans on 600 m2 and two levels. A familiar landmark for those who work on the campus, it also helps visitors find their way more easily. This architectural structure opens the campus to the city and is in line with the site’s environmental vocation. Nine bending radiuses were necessary for the metallic exterior’s complex design:
– The “comma”, that protects the personnel’s entries with its porch;
– The pavilion in itself, mostly glassed, by which visitors enter the site at street level and can access the campus at the first level inside.
The building manages to cohesively blend its contemporary design to create a welcoming atmosphere in a fully functional environment.
At street level visitors are welcomed under an awe-inspiring vaulted arch lit by colored LED lines showcasing different lighting patterns. At campus level a space that is largely open to the park can be used to host temporary exhibitions. It is also able to receive an audience, as was asked by the Montrouge municipality. The building’s clear and bright tones express its modern and rigorous craft.
The pavilion renews the site’s image, becomes the Evergreen campus’ store window and expresses the Crédit Agricole’s values of innovation and efficiency by displaying its architectural boldness.
Arte Charpentier led the architecture, interior design and landscaping missions on the project.
About the agency
With more than 100 staff in the world, Arte Charpentier is an international architecture firm based in Paris. It maintains offices in Lyon and Shanghai. Arte Charpentier has also developed strong in-house competences in architecture, urban planning, landscape, interior design and site management with its 22 associates.
In the third trimester, 2015, in addition to the EOLE building (67,000 m²) and the Evergreen Campus’ reception pavilion, the firm developed two hotels: an Ibis Styles of 308 rooms and a Pullman of 305 rooms in Roissypôle for the Accor goup (25,090 M², architect landscape architect), as well as the Les Saisons mall in Meaux (70,300 m², architect of record interior designer landscape architect).
Recently the agency has delivered the Gendarmerie Nationale’s headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux, the Innovation House in Dijon, the Taiyuan opera in China as well as commerce and housing programs in Vannes, Bourges, Nantes, Villeurbanne, Asnière-sur-Seine, Béthune, etc. and tertiary buildings in the Parisian region. It has also worked on the European Spatial Agency’s headquarter project in paris, the Véolia Environnement campus in Lyon, the LVMH R&D center in Orléans, two hotels in Tours (in progress) and a mixed-use mall and office complex in Sétif, Algeria.
In regards to urban planning, Arte Charpentier Architectes has directed the study for the planning project of the Algiers bay and participated to the Axe Seine project for the Great Paris plan. After a study mission for the urban reconfiguration of Algiers, the agency now works for the SEMABA (the urban planning society of Bagneux) as an urban planning architect coordinating the joint development zone of the Victor Hugo neighborhood, integrating a new centralization around the extension of the metro line 4 and the upcoming inauguration of the Great Paris line 15. The municipality of Bagneux has even renewed its trust in Arte Charpentier by giving it another mission concerning the project supervision of the joint development zone’s public spaces.
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