Friday, November 19, 2010
Office Building near Toulouse in France
The aesthetic of Studio Bellecour Galilee project results from a combination of an interpretation of urban rules, the environmental requirements in the specifications of the Urban Development Zone and the immediate aeronautical context. The plan is centered on two buildings which are connected by a long concrete veil. The primary visual feature, the veil, blends horizontal and vertical motions as it slowly curves in helical movement. This veil achieves the double feature of insuring the continuity between each building while allowing one to discover the rear landscape in all its depth. Thus this long concrete helix, which recalls the aeronautical context of the site, both protects the building by marking the front of street as well as welcomes us by its inviting view. Two covered buildings wrapped in special insulating material and canopies, modulated according to the illumination, confer on the operation the environmental characteristics.
A unique formal style individualizes and distinguishes these buildings. Nevertheless, the balance and coherence of the whole is maintained by the homogenous treatment of the facades. The difference of resemblance of materials and the shape make fraternal twins out of two buildings, which works to maintain options for users of the space. That is, the distinctions between the buildings would allow tenants to maintain an air of individuality while at the same time the continuous architectural themes provide an appropriate environment for one single occupant.
A central square constitutes the central space, the place of privileged pedestrian access towards both halls. The square is slightly heightened to allow for a level of half-buried parking lots organized around a central garden with natural air circulation. A large white concrete form looking like a shingle offers space for bikes within the landscape. The sun shade, a major element of the facades’ composition, bring the bright comfort crucial to the offices and open-spaces of the building.
On the side of the building, for fire access, the sun shades become delicately blurred on certain windows, allowing openings for the appropriate safety officials.