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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.

Les Saisons in Meaux, France by Arte Charpentier Architectes

 
September 22nd, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: v2com

Situated just outside the town of Meaux, the shopping centre can be accessed via three major roads and thus enjoys exceptional accessibility.

The project drew on the elements of the surrounding area to create a diversified landscape: it fits with the colorful fields of geometrically apportioned agricultural land, the winding meanders of the Ourcq Canal and the buildings of various shapes and sizes to create a fragmented and diversified landscape.

Image Courtesy © Alain Caste

Image Courtesy © Alain Caste

  • Architects: Arte Charpentier Architectes
  • Project: Les Saisons
  • Location: ZAC du Parc d’Activités du Pays de Meaux, Chauconin Neufmontiers, France
  • Photography: Epaillard+Machado, Alain Caste
  • Project owner: Immochan
  • Delegate project owner: Auchan
  • Structures: SNC Lavalin
  • Parking: 2,000 spaces in the basement, 1,000 spaces in the spiral car park
  • Surface area: 67 000 sqm (sales surface area 48,640 sqm, 95 shops)
  • Delivery: 2015

Image Courtesy © Epaillard+Machado

Image Courtesy © Epaillard+Machado

On the southern side a metal totem welcomes visitors as well as inhabitants and orients them on site. Its conception was a technical challenge and an inventive architectural design.

The countryside reaches into the site: banks, green roofs, planted pergolas, wooded areas and filtration ponds form links between the surrounding environment and the project. Far from being a solitary unit placed upon its land, the project is designed as a landscape, a humanized territory, where people live and work. It was redesigned to form a multitude of links between nature and urbanity.

Image Courtesy © Epaillard+Machado

Image Courtesy © Epaillard+Machado

Image Courtesy © Alain Caste

Image Courtesy © Alain Caste

The main walkway winds amid different volumes and is covered with an immense skylight with a visible metal structure. This creates a protected promenade enjoying a constant natural light. Visitors can stroll among the mall’s shops on two levels – on a low road and a high street. They can also enjoy recreation areas or indoor and outdoor seating – suitable for rest, meetings or events.

Image Courtesy © Epaillard+Machado

Image Courtesy © Epaillard+Machado

Image Courtesy © Alain Caste

Image Courtesy © Alain Caste

The project heavily favors landscaped areas, they span 42 000 square meters, on top of which there are 29 300 m² of green roofing.

Arte Charpentier led the architecture, interior design and landscaping missions on the project.

Image Courtesy © Alain Caste

Image Courtesy © Alain Caste

Image Courtesy © Epaillard+Machado

Image Courtesy © Epaillard+Machado

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.

Image Courtesy © Epaillard+Machado

Image Courtesy © Epaillard+Machado

In the third trimester, 2015, in addition to this shopping centre, 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 EOLE building (67,000 m²) and the Evergreen Campus’ reception pavilion (Crédit Agricole’s head office).

Image Courtesy © Alain Caste

Image Courtesy © Alain Caste

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.

Image Courtesy © Alain Caste

Image Courtesy © Alain Caste

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.

Image Courtesy © Epaillard+Machado

Image Courtesy © Epaillard+Machado

Image Courtesy © Alain Caste

Image Courtesy © Alain Caste

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