The disposition on the ground and the typological layout of the new office building articulate and specify the general masterplan guidelines in relationship to the specific features of the site and of the overall design of the open spaces.
Nexity, Altarea Cogedim, Pitch Promotion
The large dimension of the building mass is articulated folding its perimeter inwards to generate a new layout which unites the H-shaped scheme to a centralized one. The shorter sides of the parallelepiped shape – facing the Boulevard and the park behind it – fold into two gentle concave curves.
The continuous perimeter “skin” which delimits the interior spaces is divided in several layers which donates depth and a strong light and shadow effect: the inner wall alternates a ribbon window band with an opaque one faced by anodized aluminum shading elements reacting with the weather conditions.
The columns in the facades varying in thickness and rhythm at irregular intervals, are arranged in seven irregular orders signed by string-course cornice. The shape of the columns accentuated by the slight undercut of the bands generates a screen that gives at the same time volume and depth to the building’s facades.
The top order connects the last two levels while opens a recess that hosts a protected terrace-garden.
Following a requirement of the client, the columns were made of concrete. They were shaped inside formwork made with numerical control manufacturing technologies that has permitted to transfer and control the continuous variation of some compositional parameters with which they were designed.
In their massive essence the result is almost a free-standing structural screen.
The project is able to evokes French and Bordeaux’s historic architecture elements without any nostalgic spirit – as for example the atrium columns that recall the angular trompes of French architecture – but takes a contemporary approach.