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The world number two in wines and spirits ensures a safe and healthy return to the office to work differently. A French success story, Pernod Ricard is today the world number two in wines and spirits thanks to preserved know-how and a portfolio of major brands.

While Pernod Ricard does 92% of its business internationally, France remains the cradle of the group and it is in the center of Paris that it has chosen to set up its new world headquarters in the popular Saint Lazare district. 

Located on a pedestrian esplanade, a new address has been created for the move, the "5 cours Paul Ricard".

The building, created by the architect Ferrier Marchetti Studio, has a facade made up of 2 tinted glass slats that reflect the light and the sky throughout the day. He thus evokes the series of 400 canvases by impressionist painter Claude Monet, La Gare Saint-Lazare.

The 900 employees previously spread over seven different sites embark on The Island, in reference to the Ile des Embiez, acquired by Paul Ricard in 1958. Neither Fauboug-Saint-Honoré, nor Champs-Elysées, The Island is a land of conviviality, located in a generous district, open to elsewhere like the Gare Saint-Lazare turned towards Le Havre and the international one through which some 100 million travelers pass per year.

Good architecture is based on natural light, good orientation of spaces facing the sun and unobstructed views to the outside.

The Island has planted terraces over 1200 m2 which makes it a friendly place that promotes exchanges and formal and informal meetings.

The principle has been to create places that are easily identifiable and suitable for use. Like 13 "small coves" each floor has its own territory, its lobby with the identity of its brand (s). Neither black, nor white, nor gray, Saguez & Partners, the design agency that took care of the project, gave pride of place to singing colors (azure blue, Klein blue, ocher, saffron, Egyptian green, sand beige …), With natural materials (light wood, cane, terracotta, linen curtains, "guinguette" style paneling) and a host of antique objects.

Saguez & Partners conducted an upstream reflection with users to understand their expectations, linked to their activities but also to the health situation. The design of use provides several solutions: ergonomics, spaces, comfort, light, services ...

To move is to go out and meet others: it is to offer more places to employees. The Island offers a variety of atmospheres and a dozen different work postures to encourage employees to move according to their needs throughout the day. All the people who work there have no assigned office (even Alexandre Ricard). On the other hand, the flex office implies being well thought out. No offense to some, there are semi-partitioned offices in warm open-space, bathed in natural light and equipped with high-performance acoustics.

In addition, there are meeting spaces for making quick decisions while standing or seated, others for making calls without disturbing them, "silent rooms" for working without calls or conversations around them. From the ground floor to the 7th floor, large frescoes adorn the stairs with the aim of encouraging employees to use them, to the detriment of the elevators, potential sources of infection. Finally, who says "office-hotel", says efficient and precise services to simplify the everyday life of employees: concierge, gym, restaurants, game room, zen break and well-being by reservation, click & collect, travel lounge with shower and rest room ... 

By rigorous choices on acoustics, lighting, air quality and light, ergonomics of the seats, circulation, details such as storage or signage ... The place is in its construction and in its design, both sustainable and serving the uses of each employee.

 

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To learn more, visit the Saguez & Partners site.

 



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