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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.

An agora at the heart of the CHU of Poitiers in France by Atelier d’architecture Brenac + Gonzalez et associés

 
December 25th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Metropolis Communication

The new building of the CHU de Poitiers gathers all the administrative services, which were originally scattered around the campus of la Milétrie, in a single place. The personnel, whose members have been working without ever meeting or seeing each other, are henceforth grouped together in the same building.

Image Courtesy © Stefan Tuchila

Image Courtesy © Stefan Tuchila

  • Architects: Atelier d’architecture Brenac + Gonzalez et associés
  • Project: An agora at the heart of the CHU of Poitiers
  • Location: Poitiers, France
  • Photography: Sergio Grazia & Stefan Tuchila
  • Project management: CHU of Poitiers
  • Project manager: Stefan Tuchila
  • Landscape architect: Agence Hilaire
  • Cost control: Oteis
  • Structural engineering: Oteis
  • Utilities engineers: ITF
  • Acoustical engineers: Sigma Acoustique
  • Façade engineers: Van Santen
  • Lighting design: Lumesens
  • Cost: €16m excl. VAT
  • Energy performance: RT 2012
  • Surface: 11,000 m²
  • Calendar: delivered in 2016

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

It is mainly comprised of an agora in the middle of a wooded park, a genuine public place of exchange, generating links and encouraging sociability.
The project is based on three powerful ideas:

  • Placing the landscape of the site in the heart of the project,
  • Creating brightly lit work spaces and friendly spaces for sharing,
  • Proposing iconic architecture as a landmark in this vast area
Image Courtesy © Stefan Tuchila

Image Courtesy © Stefan Tuchila

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

More than just the form, the originality of the administrative building of the CHU de Poitiers resides in the ambiguity created inside and on the exterior by the presence of an immense central lobby.

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

The project of the CHU of Poitiers is composed of two E-shaped branches joined by the large central void, the agora. The site is characterized by the presence of a magnificent wooded landscape and a traffic circle that will undoubtedly become a new axis for entering the CHU.

Image Courtesy © Stefan Tuchila

Image Courtesy © Stefan Tuchila

Image Courtesy © Stefan Tuchila

Image Courtesy © Stefan Tuchila

The two naves frame the landscape. The ETFE roof further links these volumes, creating a sort of display case for the scenery. In this interior/exterior space, plants and a waterfall are domesticated evocations of a luxuriant natural environment.

Image Courtesy © Stefan Tuchila

Image Courtesy © Stefan Tuchila

Image Courtesy © Stefan Tuchila

Image Courtesy © Stefan Tuchila

The two branches of the building are placed in parallel and, through a series of gaps and raised volumes, the forecourt and the lobby can be seen from the intersection. These branches enjoy interior patios and generate pleasant workspaces and an interior distribution that enjoys generous natural light, all brought together around the great central plaza.

Image Courtesy © Stefan Tuchila

Image Courtesy © Stefan Tuchila

Image Courtesy © Stefan Tuchila

Image Courtesy © Stefan Tuchila

The interior street, the first contact with the administrative building serves as reception area and visitor orientation, while also offering a pleasant environment for users. Spaces for rest and relaxation and sharing are made available on every level; they all benefit from natural light and the views offered by their triple height volume.

Image Courtesy © Stefan Tuchila

Image Courtesy © Stefan Tuchila

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Stefan Tuchila

Image Courtesy © Stefan Tuchila

Image Courtesy © Stefan Tuchila

Image Courtesy © Stefan Tuchila

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Stefan Tuchila

Image Courtesy © Stefan Tuchila

Image Courtesy © Atelier d’architecture Brenac + Gonzalez et associés

Image Courtesy © Atelier d’architecture Brenac + Gonzalez et associés

Image Courtesy © Atelier d’architecture Brenac + Gonzalez et associés

Image Courtesy © Atelier d’architecture Brenac + Gonzalez et associés

Image Courtesy © Atelier d’architecture Brenac + Gonzalez et associés

Image Courtesy © Atelier d’architecture Brenac + Gonzalez et associés

Image Courtesy © Atelier d’architecture Brenac + Gonzalez et associés

Image Courtesy © Atelier d’architecture Brenac + Gonzalez et associés

Image Courtesy © Atelier d’architecture Brenac + Gonzalez et associés

Image Courtesy © Atelier d’architecture Brenac + Gonzalez et associés

Image Courtesy © Atelier d’architecture Brenac + Gonzalez et associés

Image Courtesy © Atelier d’architecture Brenac + Gonzalez et associés

Image Courtesy © Atelier d’architecture Brenac + Gonzalez et associés

Image Courtesy © Atelier d’architecture Brenac + Gonzalez et associés

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