Jacques Ferrier Architecture : Siège de la Métropole de Rouen-Normandie

At the heart of the Rouen metropolis, the Jacques Ferrier Architecture agency erects a futuristic cathedral building. A contemporary reinterpretation of the Norman industrial landscape due to the manufacturing past of the region and whose slants and volumes inspire the realization of the headquarters of the Metropolis Rouen Normandy, a faceted building enjoying the reflections of the sun on the Seine it borders.

Located on the left bank of the Seine, in an eco-district in the making, of which it is the star, the headquarters of the Rouen Normandy Metropolis detonates with its kaleidoscopic facade made of tinted glass scales magnifying the sun's rays and reflecting colorful fragments in the river. A quasi-magical achievement referring to the Impressionist paintings of the Normandy region as well as to the many representations of Rouen Cathedral by the painter Claude Monet.

But the strength of Jacques Ferrier's construction lies not only in its original cladding. Under this colorful envelope hides indeed various volumes of work, all organized according to the uses, on the 8 300 square meters of surface of floor which counts the building. Located above a two-storey underground car park, the building consists of a four-storey, two-storey building housing offices, meeting rooms and common areas. Each of these two oblique parts arranged head to tail is overhung by a large terrace placed on the roof, under the double-skinned skin, and dominates for one the river and the other the metropolis.

A project as aesthetic as functional announcing the evolution of the left bank of Rouen.

Project title : Headquarters of the Rouen-Normandie Metropolis
City, Country: Rouen (76)
Owner: Rouen-Normandie Metropolis
Mastery of work : Jacques Ferrier Architecture (agent)
Area : 8 300 m2
Cost of works: 25 000 000 € HT
Calendar : Delivery July 2017

The project is winner of the ArchiDesignclub Awards 2018 in the Special Awards category - Innovation-materials

To learn more, visit the site of Jacques Ferrier Architecture

Photographs: Luc Boegly

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