Atelier Novembre delivers a social platform in Palaiseau The architectural firm has just finished constructing a 3,400m² social platform grouping together several social service offices on the same site. The main challenge of this social platform in Palaiseau was to give social workers in different departments a pleasant, shared environment to work in, and the serenity to receive visitors with very demanding social issues. Two factors profoundly influenced the architectural side of the project: the conservation of a former police station with a surface area of 160m², the presence of which should not skew the perception of this platform; then the preservation of a thriving plot of vegetation situated at the other end of the site, at the bottom of the sloping plot. A line was therefore drawn between these two anchor points, to balance the levels, the dynamics strengthened by the site's incline. The horizontal nature of this base gives the building as a whole a tranquil serenity, which is essential for receiving visitors who are facing difficulties. This detachment also reaffirms the presence of the social platform from the perspective of the adjacent roads.
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