Text description provided by the architects. The intervention «Les Océanides», relying on many different projects we started working on twelve years ago with large retailers, allowed us to put into practice some of our reflexions on architecture and pre urban settings.
Inscribed in those territories I name “disorders”, where commercial ads, a non- compact bulk is evident, the projects initiates with a simple gesture, in a minimalist style, in order to become part of a project related to this kind of territory. The REC group believes that our large retailers’ expectations can be met, that’s to say our clients, intervening in a humble way within this context, often described as a baroque kind of architecture, which is pictured visually as without any other identity than consumeristic one.
In contrast with the recurrent concepts which have been put into practice for years, we head towards an inserting approach and a unifying area attitude.
On this site we have taken into account the different, close and far scales related to the mall size. We have worked on the following main points: far away perspectives, close flows, relations with the surrounding equipment such as the Arcachon hospital centre.
Indeed it’s all about covering the light structures, creating volumes, but most of all it’s about adding a further dimension to these living places with such a peculiar architectural feature.
We’re not misled, the issue is dangerous but it’s intriguing, as plenty of it has still to be explored...Energy performance, aestheticism, quality space, industrial process within a permanent evolution framework, to get to a suitable solution for each building, without the common C control V control system, of this type of intervention. Our partnership with our client concerning la Teste de Buch, the local administrations and firms, enabled us to achieve for the first time a BBC level and to give evidence of a unique project towards a theatrical identity truly inserted in a local context. In my view the project is unique, as it has finally been built on a several year negotiation with our client.
An authentic contemporary reinterpretation of the Arcachon Bay setting, the façade symbolizes our perspective without reproducing an existent plan.
This project relies on a simple and pure design, without any stick up commercial ad. It shows a certain command of industrial data, managing the usual building costs in this sector, an authentic reflection on architecture and the functioning process of this kind of building. These have been the further points we had to include in tune with our project: great height volumes, natural lighting, and a compact flux of crowds and goods.