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Headquarters of Métropole Rouen Normandie / Jacques Ferrier Architecture

  • 13:00 - 31 October, 2017
Headquarters of Métropole Rouen Normandie / Jacques Ferrier Architecture
Headquarters of Métropole Rouen Normandie / Jacques Ferrier Architecture, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

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  • Signage and scenography

    Studio Pauline Marchetti and Sensual City Studio
  • Structural Engineering

    C&E ingénierie
  • MEP

    SOGETI
  • Acoustics

    ACV
  • Labels

    Bepos & PassivHaus.
  • Client

    Métrople Rouen Normandie
  • Cost

    25 000 000 € HT (year 2017)
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© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

Text description provided by the architects. The headquarters of Métropole Rouen Normandie is a unique, memorable and fitting image on the banks of the Seine in Rouen. What makes it so unique is how the new building fits in with the surrounding landscape of Rouen. The building’s dynamic profile contrasts with the omnipresence of horizontal designs found along the major port, while its silhouette echoes the renovated industrial buildings on the right bank. The oblique shapes are reminiscent of the silhouettes of cranes and other objects in the port and the bows of the passing ships...

© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly
North Elevation
North Elevation

The building showcases and utilises the site’s strong presence to enhance urban life on the left bank. As an extension of the future park, the building is the figurehead of the future eco- district. It is a contemporary metropolitan icon, but already forms part of the surroundings, much like the cathedral and the Gustave Flaubert bridge. It blends in with the unique visual landscape of the quays and the history of the port.

© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

Its multi-faceted, transparent architecture plays with the changing light of the Normandy sky, reflections from the water, and the colours of the climate. The building is covered with fish-like ‘scales’ made of subtly coloured glass.

© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly
Longitudinal Section
Longitudinal Section

Reflecting and refracting the light of the sun, the glass scales cover the building with hints of colour that are further enhanced by the reflections from the river below. The effect is inspired by impressionist painting, and in particular Claude Monet. The glass is covered with a layer of metal oxide creating a colourful iridescent reflection from the outside, but disappearing on the inside leaving the light in work areas unaffected. These changing colours are a contemporary interpretation of the chromatic variations in Claude Monet’s many paintings of Rouen Cathedral. The double layered façade provides the building with passive thermal protection. On the roof, the glass scales make way for solar panels that provide a considerable contribution to the building’s energy self-sufficiency. Manufactured in Europe, the panels are modern in design and provide varied nuances of colour while ensuring high energy yield.

© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

The transparency and depth of the double façade enhance the variations of light and prevent the building from appearing overbearing. The building’s appearance transforms throughout the day. With the light shining through, it appears to float on the quay.

© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

Under the impressionistic outer layer, the work spaces are. arranged according to their use. The ground-floor reception area provides direct access to the floors above. The floor on the quay-level provides reception areas, meeting rooms, services and support activities. On the building’s roof, the large terrace extends the reception areas and offers a panoramic view over the city and river. The offices are spread over the floors and enjoy excellent lighting. A gap that stretches from top to bottom separates the building in two and brings natural light to the heart of the building. It widens to form patio spaces on certain floors, creating terraces accessible to visitors.

© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

Designed with the aims of efficiency and comfort, the building is both innovative and exemplary in nature. Navigating your way through the building is easy and intuitive, and the emphasis is placed both on the work spaces and community areas.

© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

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Cite: "Headquarters of Métropole Rouen Normandie / Jacques Ferrier Architecture" 31 Oct 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/882635/headquarters-of-metropole-rouen-normandie-jacques-ferrier-architecture/> ISSN 0719-8884
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