Designed by ANMA to act as a natural machine, the new headquarters of the Ministry of Defense, located in southwestern Paris, includes a health center, restaurants, media and sport centers as well as a crèche. This complex structure, designed around the strictest security requirements, is the largest public building to be built in France for 20 years. The structure aims to present an image of the armed forces, not only as a protective force, but a strong and stately force as well. More images and architects’ description after the break.
EXP Architects + Archi-art + ANMA collaborated to design the headquarters for Sonatel in Dakar. The long building is comprised of several layers and wrapped in a geometric skin. The building’s main entrance is slightly elevated making the massive form seemingly float over those who enter and colored volumes mark different activities which complement the main offices. The large masses of office areas are distributed around a center circulation hub and clad with vertical fins to shade the sun. As one moves through the building, the offices vary in style as the three levels contain double heights. The large roof provides open views of the sea for all workers to enjoy.
More images after the break.