Forma6 : Immeuble de bureau

The first step in a project involving 6 office buildings, the creation of the Nantes architecture firm Forma6 plays on contrasts by combining brick, wood and references to oriental moucharabiehs. A building of simple appearance, whose subtle complexity is all the charm. An oxymoron all by itself.

As part of the development program of the ZAC Armor, the 1 Island - which will eventually include six buildings - is intended to blend in with the natural environment of the area, including the Chézine Park and many green spaces, while offering premises to the promoter of the operation, Tolefi, in this tertiary area located on the outskirts of Nantes.

To do this, designers rely on the materiality of their achievements, as demonstrated by the first 2 600 square meters already erected. A skilful mixture of massive masonry, simple carpentry, a delicate layout and games of solids and voids made possible by the opacity of the broken stone and by the presence of openings, which offer the building an envelope, certainly minimalist, but especially unique and bold.

Organized around a plant trail, the complex also benefits from a green roof and patios decorated with horticultural species. Always with the aim of harmonizing the duality between mineral construction and natural elements, the interior is in the image of the envelope of the frame. If the stone is still present and its shades are found in the concrete floor, a large central staircase in wood immaginated by the company Métalobil inspired by the work of Kengo Kuma, brings life and structure to the reception area. Repeating the operation and aesthetics of cidori, a Japanese toy that can expand to infinity thanks to a system of wooden sticks and joints, this dressing energizes the entrance of the building.

An elegant building announcing a promising tertiary project!

Project title : Office building
City, Country: Saint-Herblain (44)
Owner: ToleF
Mastery of work : Forma6
Area : 2 600 m2
Cost of works: 3 686 501 € HT
Calendar : Delivery September 2017

The project is selected for les ArchiDesignclub Awards 2018 in the category Tertiary - New

To learn more, visit ArchiDesignclub the Awards site that Forma6

Photographs: Émilie Gravoueille

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