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OH!SOM architectes : La Capitainerie de Saint-Chamas

The young French agency OH! SOM architects has recently completed a harbor master's office - for the municipality of Saint-Chamas (13). Minimalist volume of raw concrete, the current building results from a brilliant work of rehabilitation of an existing shed and a collective reflection on the activity of the port of Pertuis. A small achievement by its size, but great by its functions. At the boarding!

Submitted to the architect of the buildings of France, the captaincy of Saint-Chamas delivered in January 2019 is the rehabilitation of an old storage space to turn it into a capitainry worthy of the name.

Installed on the port of Pertuis and therefore subject to the vagaries of maritime weather, the new building of 89 square meters favors sustainable materials such as concrete to limit the risk of flooding. Assuring today the revival of the local fishing activity, the building intended for the fishermen of the commune aims to improve the life of the professionals by putting at their disposal modern equipment of conditioning and conservation of the fish, as well as than an elevated desk. Also open to boaters, the harbor master's office is accessible to people with reduced mobility.

The architectural vocabulary of the current building is part of the port vernacular architecture and is inspired by the elegant and regular arcades of neighboring equipment, thus integrating subtly into the site. As aesthetic as it is functional, the book also contributes to the improvement of fishermen's daily life and the development of the port of Pertuis.

A project that has the wind in its sails!

To learn more, visit the site of the agency OH! SOM architects

Photographs: Florence Vesval

Léa Pagnier

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