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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.

507 Fab House in Châlette-sur-Loing, France by Encore Heureux architectes

 
June 28th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Encore Heureux architectes

Hutchinson opened its 507 Fab House a year ago. This research and innovation center is located at the group’s historic factory in Chalette-sur-Loing, two hours south of Paris. The architecture office of Encore Heureux undertook a complete renovation of this building, whose metal framework was designed and built by Gustave Eiffel in 1869.

The 507 Fab House is a High-tech and digital place but Hutchinson wanted it to be simple, convivial, warm, modular and different. The building’s exterior is intentionally understated to blend into the industrial environment.

Image Courtesy © Cyrus Cornut

  • Architects: Encore Heureux architectes (Julien Choppin and Nicola Delon)
  • Project: 507 Fab House
  • Location: Rue Gustave Nourry, 45120 Châlette-sur-Loing, France
  • Photography: Cyrus Cornut, Philippe Rouault and Rémy-Pierre Ribière
  • Client: Hutchinson (Aurore Bardon, Director of the 507 project and Christian Leys, construction manager)
  • Project manager: Margot Cordier, assistée de Jordan Weisberg & Ariane Francescato
  • Program manager: François Guiguet (Aubry et Guiguet Programmation)
  • Interior design for the kitchen and the Hut: Véronique Bertholon

Image Courtesy © Cyrus Cornut

  • Project management team:
    • Economy –  Scheduling, overseeing and coordination: ATEC – Gabriel Legendre
    • Acoustic consultant: ORYTHIE
    • Structure consultant: LIGNE BE
    • Fluids consultant: INNOVATION FLUIDES
  • Floor area: 4 200 m²
  • Delivery: 2016

Image Courtesy © Cyrus Cornut

Image Courtesy © Cyrus Cornut

The interior design relies on highlighting the Reseda green framework. The Encore Heureux office undertook a complete thermal renovation of the building’s exterior envelop. Implementing a vast program – designed by François Guiget (Aubry et Guiguet Programmation) is a multidisciplinary and international Hutchinson team – kitchen, auditorium, immersive virtual reality room, training and relaxation areas, showcase – the project emphasizes the creation of open and modular spaces.

Image Courtesy © Cyrus Cornut

Image Courtesy © Cyrus Cornut

The Hut is a multicultural space with a library where all employees are invited to bring a book about their country, region, passion, etc. Here one can find books on the history of Hutchinson, books on leadership and innovation, the history of rubber, kitchens, cooking and on architecture. Here people share in a more informal way in two lounge areas designed with different types of furniture. A space with big tables has been designed for organizing meetings in a more informal way. Hutchinson encourages teamwork.

Image Courtesy © Philippe Rouault

Image Courtesy © Philippe Rouault

“Chez Gustave” (Gustave’s place): a unique place for developing cross-activity approach and for sharing in a different way. Host tables await employees and clients who gather around a dish “just like home” prepared by the chef with local products. This space also welcomes team-building activities organized around the kitchen and working meetings.

Image Courtesy © Philippe Rouault

Image Courtesy © Philippe Rouault

Three training /meeting areas (Hiram, Xi Xian and Aigle) which can welcome from 2 to 40 attendees are equipped to provide efficient and simple collaborative working methods (tactile screens and modular furnishings depending on the type of meetings organized).

Image Courtesy © Philippe Rouault

Image Courtesy © Rémy-Pierre Ribière

The 507 Fab House, Hutchinson’s digital showcase offers several high-tech spaces: the virtual presence room, which enables participants to have discussions, manage projects, hold senior management committee meetings in real time without borders and with visual contact approaching that of reality; an immersive room where, thanks to four screens and 3D glasses, one can in immersion discover product environments and a 3D room for pour presenting offerings in a different way to clients.

Image Courtesy © Cyrus Cornut

Image Courtesy © Encore Heureux architectes

Image Courtesy © Encore Heureux architectes

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