Equerre d’argent 2005 nomination
The building’s exterior features a facade that echoes the weathered appearance and linear patterns of shipping containers. It is crafted using a matrix of vertical perforated shading elements. The presence of the bustling port is consistently experienced within the building, offering captivating views of the dock and the port platform from the halls and offices on each floor. .
Simultaneously, the interior spaces are shielded by this matrix of vertical elements, providing a sense of discretion and privacy amidst the industrial surroundings while maintaining clear outward views. .
The vertical shading elements are designed to be manually pivoted, allowing users to manage the flow of natural light into the offices according to their preferences, whether working with screens or holding meetings. They effectively mitigate glare and harsh contrasts, ensuring optimal working conditions. Additionally, these vertical elements contribute to efficient heat management. During the summer, they provide shading to keep the interior cool, while in spring, autumn, and winter, the orientation of these elements allows controlled sunlight to passively warm the offices, leading to cost savings in heating and cooling. The perforated lamellas are color-coded in three distinct hues: natural aluminum for adaptable offices, golden for Paris Port Terminal offices, and bronze for associated offices. .
The western hall extends through the building, featuring a triple-story void that enhances spatial continuity. The building’s design facilitates the easy division of each level into recognizable and distinct units. .
The visitor’s room, oriented towards the port, is conveniently accessible from both the hall and the executive office. Furthermore, the rooftop terrace provides a panoramic 360-degree view of the surrounding site.
< The structure is composed of rectangular concrete columns. Openings facilitate natural ventilation in each office.
Architect: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
Structural consultant and service engineering : Sibat