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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.

ZAC Chateaucreux in Saint-Etienne, France by Emmanuel Combarel Dominique Marrec architectes

January 10th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Emmanuel Combarel Dominique Marrec architectes

Contribute to a new polarity in the landscape

Located across from the St. Etienne station on the Esplanade de France, the influence of the intervention at the heart of the BIA Châteaucreux Is A Link Between Neighborhoods and horizon lines, a low point in the Topography of St. Etienne in front of a preferred route to the city center. Combined with the scale of the project and the symbolic value of the program, This unique location Gives the project has special status in the building of the city.


  • Architect: Emmanuel Combarel Dominique Marrec architectes
  • Name of Project: ZAC Chateaucreux
  • Location: Saint-Etienne, France
  • Program: construction of a property consisting of housing, offices, hotels and shops
  • Owner: Vinci Immobilier, Cardinal Group
  • Project Manager: ECDM
  • Area: 30,000 sq.m.
  • Delivery: 2014
  • Sofwtare used: Photoshop for the images, for plans, Autocad.

The project subscribe to the contemporary idea of ​​the building of the City That leads to the creation of rhythms, of multipurpose spaces Contributing to the Realization of a less linear environment, Able to evolve and mutate. The goal is to embed the large commercial component of the neighborhood in a more dynamic urban complex, made of interlocking assemblies essential to Any large and vibrant city. Malthus, the project offers an Open floor plan, continuity and Initiating affiliations, Creating Links Between polarity and views, hills and plains, lower and upper town.


Composition topographical

In a Preliminary Study of the uses of land in St Etienne, we Began to articulate a sculpted volume, Defined by it’s relationship to a city structured by the frames and cut outs on the horizon. The initial volume deformed, breaks Into Three compact masses, a multiplicity of plans and mineral volumes and Two axes. The volume deteriorates in a Specific Manner Leading to the establishment of a new topography. Therefore it is a very open plan, pass-through and animated, a space Organized by the Characteristics of the multi-purpose program, Able to create discourse with the city to better Develop and animate it. Considerations of density, mass, solids and voids in the central Were development of the project.

The Project is first extruded to form accurate year podium to Ensure alignment and management of tight limits in order to densify and animate public spaces Without residual anecdote. The heart of the block forms a unifying fifth and Transverse facade, Which is fully Engaged in the work of modeling the volume, Create an open promenade and Provides A View of the Surrounding landscape.

Aerial view

A mix organized

Along the avenue Denfert-Rochereau, accompanying a special trip to the city center, this base rises to strike a line of shops and services. The hotel sets up at the end of the line. The angle is given by the rigorous volume of the work, the hall made it clear two articulating facades same invoice and returning to DRC shops by implementing a brewery on the south facade.

The project forms the links with the public space and the ground are merged in a landscaping proposal in Which Areas of commercial interface, restaurants and services are Placed around the Periphery, Creating direct links with the public space. At the edge of the parcel, thesis Pleats Become a stair That transforms the wide esplanade Into an Open agora. The length of the Avenue Denfert-Rochereau, lifts up to the podium Reveal a line of shops and services. The hotel sits at the end of this line. The angle created by the IS Rigorous Massing of the project, the hall Clearly articulate facades with the Same Two voice and links em to the ground floor shops by Placing a brewery on the south façade.





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