IGN and Meteo France Geosciences Center / Architecture Patrick Mauger

IGN and Meteo France Geosciences Center / Architecture Patrick Mauger

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Refurbishment  · 
Saint-Mandé, France
  • Architects: Architecture Patrick Mauger
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 15971.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014
  • Photographs photographs: Michel Denancé
  • Façade Engineers

  • Generalist Engineers

    Setec Batiment
  • Building Surveyor

  • Acoustic Engineers

  • Landscape Designer

    Sophie Barbaux
  • Kitchen Design Engineers

  • Budget

    30.9 M€
  • Environmental Aspects

    Very High Energy Performance building (VHEP)
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© Michel Denancé
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Text description provided by the architects. The IGN and Météo France Geosciences centre: a major renovation operation permitting the transformation of a 1980’s block into a Very High Energy Performance (VHEP) building with a surface area of 15,900 m².

The agency’s work concentrated on IGN’s B building, opening it out through the creation of a garden shared with building A.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

The programme called for the conservation of the volumes through the creation of central patios. The agency went even further, freeing the space between the buildings and creating a single entity for the newly rehabilitated building.

© Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

Initially comprising offices and workshops, as well as a first aid station and an inter-company restaurant, the building has been enriched through the incorporation of new amenities such as a multimedia library, a music room, and sports halls.

© Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

The timber framed façades reinforce the identity of the site, developing a certain osmosis with building A while simultaneously affirming its durable and innovative nature through its exceptional proportions.

Cross Section
Cross Section

It is a VHEP building able to meet the strictest environmental performance criteria.

Apart from the spatial densification and harmonisation of the façade, the design work integrated all aspects linked to energy performance: façade glazing chosen to meet thermal and acoustic requirements; thermal stacks distributed over the length of the building to extract hot air from the corridors (summer) and recuperate hot air from the south and west façades for redistribution to the offices (winter).

© Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

A large number of other complementary active systems have been developed to enrich this environmental approach: use of geothermal energy, recuperation of energy from all air handling plants, rooftop installation of solar panels and creation of a planted roof to reduce leakage flows and increase the building’s thermal inertia.

© Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

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Address: 75 Avenue de Paris, 94160 Saint-Mandé, France

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Cite: "IGN and Meteo France Geosciences Center / Architecture Patrick Mauger" 14 Jun 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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