BFV : Pulse

For a few years, the place of the Popular Front in Saint Denis (93) has undergone extensive changes, gradually drawing the face of a new neighborhood. An essential place of the French architectural landscape to which is added today the Pulse tertiary building, designed by BFV. A combination combining monumentality and lightness with brilliance.

The 29 450 square meters floor area project is designed from a composite structure combining concrete cores and columns, beam and wood floor and is defined by a geometry assumed alternating between floor-to-ceiling windows and horizontal and vertical elements. Built on seven levels, the Pulse building is characterized by a warm and rigorous wooden cladding pierced by numerous vertical openings with implacable alignment that appear as a glass mosaic, giving the monumental realization a surprising ethereal aspect compared to to its volume. 


The construction is organized around a large atrium acting as a nave covered with a glass roof enhancing the omnipresence of wood. On the ground floor, areas dedicated to the comfort of staff - including three dining areas - surround the atrium and are completed, on the last level, terraces and an urban vegetable garden.

But the star of Pulse is without a doubt the light to which the master builders give many means of expression. Natural, it enters the offices and common areas through sheds and multiple windows. The sun's rays reflect a protective gangue of three-color aluminum blades and reinforce the comfort of this wood architecture, whose brilliance is further accentuated by tubular suspensions of different sizes and positions with a resolutely contemporary sobriety.

Decidedly, the Popular Front is a neighborhood full of bright ideas.

Project title : PULSE
City, Country: Place du Front Populaire, Saint-Denis (93)
Owner: icade
Mastery of work : BFV
Area : 29 m² SDP
Cost of works: 65.7 M €
Calendar : 2019 delivery

To learn more, visit the site of BFV

Photographies : Frédéric Delangle

Zoe Térouinard

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