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Atelier Du Pont : Woody

For the Public Health headquarters in France, Atelier Du Pont imagines a setting where wood is king. Located at the edge of the Bois de Vincennes (94), the establishment dialogues brilliantly with its wooded environment. Rightly named "Woody", the structure makes the most of a material. Focus on a unique project.

The project lies in the creation of structures dedicated to research. Framing a green courtyard, the building is made up of four volumes articulated with each other so as to form two welcoming arms. The architects also describe their project themselves as a "Set of sticks placed on the ground which branches out like open protective arms", as a nod to the program: the creation of a headquarters for an institution that ensures the protection and health of French people. Then, on the ground floor, there are convivial spaces such as a restaurant, a kitchen and two conference rooms when the two upper levels are dedicated to offices, meeting rooms and upstairs cafeterias.

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The rigorous facades are based on an open geometry and alternate frames and integrated wood joinery, shingles and untreated larch breezes and bay windows. But where wood is often confined to the outside, Atelier Du Pont takes the decision to create a building where wood is omnipresent and is expressed in its various forms, both outside and inside. Indeed, the design relies on the warmth of wood to create a pleasant environment. The centerpiece? The sculptural staircase where only discreet metal body guards and light suspensions awaken the whole. In furniture, on the floor or in cladding, wood is available here in all its forms for a comfortable result.

A complete project with a marked identity.

To learn more, visit Atelier Du Pont website

Photographs: Takuji Shimmura and Karel Balas

Zoe Térouinard

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