Parenthesis complex / open architecture
A description of the text provided by the architect. Located on land along National Highway 5, the approximately 10,000m² site is divided into two buildings located at right angles to the National Highway, separating the space for the general public while maintaining vision. A breakthrough to the agricultural landscape in the background. The unified architecture, volume, materials and proposed colors emphasize the landscape that looks like it was painted down to the arterial road, thanks to the planted layout of the central space.
The floor plan folds of the two buildings provide generous space for pedestrian movement along the façade of the building. The spirit of cheerfulness is also strengthened by a canopy that begins at the edge of the volume and gradually expands towards the creases, allowing pedestrians to circulate in the covered but unclosed space. The dashed roof, which vibrates from the N5 road towards the rear of the parcel, makes the two vertical facades more dynamic and breaks the monotony that can result from the impressive length of the building. These façades are treated like barcodes, with alternating solids (white perforated metal) and voids (glazing). This project breaks the norms of shopping centers around the city by providing users with ambitious architecture and a cheerful environment.
A ready-to-use approach. Unlike the traditional “one sign = one box” scheme applied in many shopping centers of comparable size, the first proposal was to group the signs under a large continuous roof and this 27,000 square meters. The idea was to actually have the building on a vast site. The enhancement of the rural landscape at the bottom of the plot created a strong link with the context of the landscape and was the second impetus for our thinking. This was a bold challenge as the shop windows and signs had to be oriented perpendicular to the road in order to maintain the landscape in the background. The landscaping of the parking lot and its planted spaces further enhance this desire to emphasize the landscape in the background.
Materials and technology. Budget management was also one of the main challenges of the project. This type of program ensures a reasonable cost overrun compared to the cost of a typical industrial box and compensates for this cost overrun with the actual added value of the client and user. site. The structural approach and material choices are the result of this reflection. Prefabricated concrete columns and laminated wood beams allow large spans to be bridged at low cost, and industrial sandwich panels cover the roof and rear façade of the building.
The two large façades adjacent to the central space are mainly doubled in height and glazed. The non-glossy part is covered with an expanded metal mesh to give a clean character to the whole. The whole is treated in white and constitutes one of the vectors of unification of places. The white color provides a bubble of air in the middle of the road and provides a reading background that accentuates the green landscape of the background.
Sustainable project. The building is designed with a “free plan” and the signs are grouped under two large single roofs, which makes it very flexible to use. The regular structure and continuous glazing of the two main facades allows the division of commercial cells to adapt to demand. The layout of the building makes it possible to separate the flow between delivery vehicles and public access, which gives the site an evolving personality and increased cheerfulness. By integrating bike paths and parking, special attention is paid to soft transportation (bicycles / pedestrians) and comfortable pavement is incorporated into the road handling between National 5 and the project site. The sustainable nature of the project is completed by careful management of stormwater. Most of the central space is infiltrated (parking spaces, hedge and planting areas, pedestrian promenades) and regulating ponds under the parking lots control the drainage of rainwater from roofs and roads to public networks. make it possible.