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FITECO / Colboc Franzen & Associes

  • 01:00 - 13 September, 2010
FITECO / Colboc Franzen & Associes
FITECO / Colboc Franzen & Associes, © Cécile Septet
© Cécile Septet

© Cécile Septet © Cécile Septet © Cécile Septet © Cécile Septet +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Changé, France
  • Project Architect

    Géraud Pin-Barras
  • Project Team

    Benjamin Colboc, Ulrich Faudry, Manuela Franzen, Jean-Pierre Pommerol, Arnaud Sachet, Aesa Windels
  • Engineering

  • Structural Engineering

  • Client

    Groupe FITECO
  • General Contractor

    SCI Laval Parc Investissement
  • Area

    7005.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The Public accounting group Fiteco was willing to get its head office and its local branch together in only one area, situated in the suburb of Laval.

The French architecture office Colboc Franzen & Associés decided to go further and to design a single building, so the construction would cost less, the environmental impact of the building would be reduced and the internal organization would be optimized. On the first floor are situated all the common facilities. The local branch settled down on the second floor and the head office on the third and last floor.

The heart of the building is composed of an atrium, two cores of services (staircase, elevators, restrooms, photocopy room…). Interior is kept in white, floors in light grey; only the setting of the ceiling lights creates a noticeable graphisme. The air conditioning system running all around each floor at the ceiling along the façade, a uniform positioning of the power sockets, and the moveable dividing (non load-bearing) walls give its versatility to the building. Therefore the neutrality of the working environment doesn’t interfere with the worker’s concentration.

© Cécile Septet
© Cécile Septet

The whole building is hatched with a grid (grid unit = 60 cm)

© Cécile Septet
© Cécile Septet

Every little detail follows this implacable rhythm. Only the mirror polished stainless steel sheets and the reflection glass of the outer shell break with the strictness of the interior that reflects in itself the rigor of the company. The folded envelope offers, all year long, the reflection of the surrounding nature and the changing light of the seasons.

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Brian · September 14, 2010

context please

Michael · September 14, 2010

Parking Lot

Natacha · September 14, 2010 05:29 PM

structure please,
and cars please!

megan paige · September 14, 2010

The use of the mirrored stainless steel exterior is absolutely thrilling! Quite a unique idea for an office building as it’s unpredictable and uncontrollable reflections are such a contrast from the rigid and gridded interior design. Reminds me of the fantastic Treehotel that was just recently installed in the a bundle of treetops in a northern Swedish forest by Tham & Videgard Arkitekter. What a beautiful way to translate scenic environments into the structures!

David McGowan · September 14, 2010

The description of the details seem to be really interesting and the design as a whole is nice. But personally i think it looks if the design is not site specific, it looks as though the building has just been placed upon the site without consideration, and seems to be just alike with other commercial structures on industrial estates around the world, although an eye catching one with what seems to be a very nice entrance...

YILUN ZHANG · September 14, 2010

Reading: "FITECO / Colboc Franzen & Associes | ArchDaily"( )

DEZIGN · September 13, 2010

FITECO / Colboc Franzen & Associes: © Cécile SeptetArchitects: Colboc Franzen & Associes Location: Changé, France ...

World Landscape Arch · September 13, 2010

@archdaily FITECO - the environmental impact of the building would be reduced [however the carpark? trees? swale?]

Henry · September 13, 2010

In low light the exterior is breathtaking and an interesting variant on the suburban business park glass box typology. While I have my doubts how the exterior will age or how approachable it is in harsh light, I cannot bring myself past how beautifully the finished product reflects the obvious design intentions of the architect.

The interior is the typical modern white wash, materiality void language and the grid, to me, adds little to none. To leave it at just the precise and efficient floor plans would have been enough to express the grid.

The site plan... lets just leave it at awful.

Barry Maguire · September 13, 2010

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Matt Lucas · September 13, 2010

RT @ArchDaily: FITECO / Colboc Franzen & Associes #architecture // Office building envelope changes with seasons

severine ferrer · September 13, 2010

je suis fan de Colboc, posant de nuit dans le hall avec ses lunettes de soleil.


Kyrre Sundal · September 13, 2010

Cool mirror building by Colboc Franzen & Associes, (via @ArchDaily)

Bocetos Digitales · September 13, 2010

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NY · September 13, 2010

Where are the cars?

æon · September 13, 2010

is a phantom


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