Magasins Des Archives Departamentales Du Nord / zigzag architecture + de Alzua+

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Architects: zigzag architecture, de Alzua+
Location: , France
Area: 13000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Julien Lanoo

Company: NORPAC
Client: CG NORD

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From the architect. Conservation & Expresion

Beyond the inspiring and forward-looking idea of the concept for a positive energy building (a teamwork since the beginning of the project was completely necessary), it was necessary to suggest a building with a good distribution, a perfect functionality and an efficient conservation. The books and documents preserved in the departmental file are valuables public goods.

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The architecture answer  was born from four essential points who explain the project:

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- A signal in the city :  the warehouse form a seven floor homogeneous building. The main building is saw from the Metz boulevard  and  from the St Bernard Street. It’s covered with a stainless steel net. The pixellation from a papyrus morphogenesis gave the shape to the net.

Floor Plan

-A good relationship to the place : the reorganization of the site plan allow us to link the different buildings to the main path that becomes a place for meeting, exchanging and servicing.

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-An easy working : two volumes organize the program in a practical way. The workspaces and the patios take place inside the low volume. The files are placed in the high volume.


- An ultra high performance building, a positive-energy building : the main demand was to build a low-energy  consumer building. A drying system, first  in France,  and a cogeneration heating system, low energy  consumption, are setting up. 300 m2  of photovoltaic panels are placed on the roof.

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Cite: "Magasins Des Archives Departamentales Du Nord / zigzag architecture + de Alzua+" 25 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>