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Canine Brigade / TRANSFORM + DS architecture

  • Architects: TRANSFORM, DS architecture
  • Location: 92 Rue Lavoisier, 78800 Houilles, France
  • Architects: TRANSFORM + DS architecture
  • Client: French Ministry of Interior
  • Budget Exc Vat: 1,8M€
  • Area: 780.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo

From the architect. The project grew out of two desires: on the one hand the desire to protect the site of a highly industrialized environement hostile to the presence of the Police and also to develop the landscape potential of it (the presence of the channel and a meadow for dog training).

© Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

The use of gabion is a link between the idea of protection and the concept of landscape: used as cladding, it develops the poetics of the occupied wall (citadel, fortress, enclosure ...) by means of a constructive technique (natural stone arranged by hand in metal cages) typical of constructions along rivers or protecting mountain roads.

© Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

The program includes three separate units. The first is devoted to the administration, including offices, meeting room, report writing room, locker rooms and toilets. 

© Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

The second combines the functions related to the dogs care, such as nursing, food preparation area, attack man local, storage equipment.

© Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

The third is devoted to dogs shelters which are dispatched into three zones: the attack dogs, the sniffer dogs, and the quarantine boxes. Each niche is composed of a front area sheltered by a roof and an open air back courtyard.

© Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

A metal roof structures the site and connects the administrative part to the logistic one while clearing a sheltered space under a canopy to protect deliveries, loading and unloading of dogs for patrols departures and returns.

© Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo
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