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Business Incubator / h2o architectes

  • 01:00 - 9 April, 2014
Business Incubator / h2o architectes
Business Incubator / h2o architectes, © Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Julien Attard © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau + 23

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    M. Virtz
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    Louis Choulet
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Text description provided by the architects. The EPF Normandie and the commune of Pont-Audemer wanted to convert the industrial site of an ancient paper factory into offices/workshops for different companies.

© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

The ancient paper factory is a symbol of an important part of the local working class memory. The architectural conversion suggested by the agency had three principle axis of development.

© Julien Attard
© Julien Attard

Firstly, the agency was careful to preserve almost completely the volume of the factory. The serial aspect of the construction is emphasized by the creation of a few new spaces which visually cut into the mass of the building. These correspond to new entrances and new uses.

Business Incubator / h2o architectes, © Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

Secondly, the project concentrated on the central common space that links the different workshops, offices and meeting rooms. It was conceived of as a space capable of facilitating exchanges between the different young emerging companies. The generous circulation space includes a « street » (the central corridor) and a « square » (where can be found the building’s central staircase) ; these functional spaces become lively meeting places, beyond the strict professional context. A large roof lighting recalls the function of « passageways » in the 19th century town or covered public spaces.

Lastly, and important environmental component was included in the project from the start, marking a happy contrast with the heavy industrial past.


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