Brenac & Gonzalez et Associés : Quai Ouest

Not far from the Porte de Saint-Cloud, in Boulogne-Billancourt (92), a building shines with a thousand splinters thanks to its new glass facade. Fruit of the technical innovation of the architects Brenac & Gonzalez and Associates, here is a project which proves that the envelope is not only a matter of appearance ...

This project of rehabilitation of a building of 1990 years signed by the architects of the workshop Brenac & Gonzalez and Associates could well lose their Latin in the most rigorous architectural dictionaries. And for good reason: according to most reference lexical works, the word "façade" refers to the exterior wall of a building. By extension, this term is also used to speak of a deceptive appearance, implying a certain superficiality, as if this constructive element was in reality only an insidious image! Under these conditions, it would be easy to qualify the realization of rudimentary, since the designers are precisely focused on the storefront. But that would be a gross mistake ...

Completed in 2017, the rehabilitation is not just a simple remodeling, but a complete operation, involving a redesign of the thermal and acoustic insulation of the building, accompanied by a spatial optimization of its trays. As a result, the architects have redesigned some volumes, such as reception and gardens. But it is mainly on the facade that their attention is focused. So has it been unified and covered "A transparent double skin, ventilated and inside which is installed a sunscreen"explain the designers. Specifically, this system consists of ventilated boxes in folded glass concealing lighters, joineries and opening windows. The icing on the cake, this new technical envelope does not sacrifice the aesthetic, since it reflects both the sky and the fluvial waters, like a rough diamond whose beauty would have been revealed by the workshop Brenac & Gonzalez et Associés . Breathtaking.

Project title : Quai Ouest
City, Country: Boulogne-Billancourt (92)
Owner: Emerige
Mastery of work : Brenac & Gonzalez and Associates (Mandate and Calq (project management)
Area : 16 500 m2
Cost of works: NC
Calendar : 2017 delivery

Photographies: Sergio Grazia and Stefan Tuchila

The project is selected for les ArchiDesignclub Awards 2018 in the category Special prices - Innovation-materials

To learn more, visit ArchiDesignclub the Awards site et of Brenac & Gonzalez and Associates

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