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Banque de France Paris La Courneuve / Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés

  • 02:00 - 3 December, 2018
Banque de France Paris La Courneuve / Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés
Banque de France Paris La Courneuve / Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés, © Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

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  • Architects

  • Location

    La Courneuve, France
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Christophe Charon, Francesco Zaccaro
  • Architecture Team

    Christophe Charon, Beat Meier, Daniele Molinari, Aboubacar Mahaman Noury, Claire Moreau, Benoit Paterlini, Giovanni Barbagallo, Amélie Bellaud, Justine Duhautois, Ninni Byrelid, Clémence de Dreuzy, Julia Le Guilloux, Sophie Pélisset
  • Area

    23500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

  • Contractor, Engineering and Process

    Artelia
  • Architects - Project Managers

    Fiona Dunlop, Dionisio Rocha
  • Engineering firms and consultants

    Léon Grosse (general construction firm), CBC (structural works), Ineo (electricity), Spie (plumbing), Jean Lefebvre (gardens and green spaces), Babylone (landscape), Majorelle (space planning), Axeflow (process), Alternative (acoustics)
  • Client

    Banque de France
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© Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

The new site of the Banque de France is the second biggest cash handling facility in Europe. It will handle 25% of the national reserves. 

© Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

The Paris-La Courneuve center of the Banque de France (Central Bank) rises on the 4.5 ha wasteland of the former Babcock steel factory along the A86 motorway. This project is a reflection of the challenge that is the “Grand Paris” and the major changes happening north of the French capital, of which the Olympic Games in 2024 will be a part. The opening of the Banque de France is the sign of a renewal both for the industrial site and the entire area, the soon to open «Fabriques des Cultures» bringing an added cultural value to the area while preserving its industrial past.

© Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura
Master plan
Master plan
© Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

This new facility is a major step in the Banque de France’s plan to rethink its real estate and modernize its equipment with the creation of an industrial site compatible with its current objectives.
So as to handle soon after opening over 1 billion banknotes (25% of the national reserves), this project involves a specific material and technological infrastructure suited for highly secured and automated facilities. 

© Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

The nerve center of this architectural plan is a safe composed of three juxtaposed cubic volumes.
Its main function is the high-speed automated control of banknotes. It is designed to automatically destroy worn out banknotes and put aside the ones deemed suspicious. Its secondary function is the storage of the banknotes in the 26-meter high safe.

© Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

Even though the building is supposed to be perfectly sealed, the emphasize on natural light is at the heart of the project. The white ceramic facade presents an alternated hollow pattern that softens the building’s defensive appearance and creates a vibration depending on the amount of sunlight. This attachment to natural light is also demonstrated inside the building where a triangular void was turned into a planted patio open to the staff.At the entrance of the complex, two former Babcock buildings, dating back to 1923 for the brick one and 1987 for the concrete one, face the “safe”. These two units have been restored and organically connected to one another to be reborn as a unified office building that will be open to the public. 

© Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

At the entrance of the complex, two former Babcock buildings, dating back to 1923 for the brick one and 1987 for the concrete one, face the “safe”. These two units have been restored and organically connected to one another to be reborn as a unified office building that will be open to the public.

© Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

The general plan creates a dialogue between each entity of the site but also with the entire area. It questions the concept of the architectural openness of a site of which the primary function is to be fully sealed. The project is also a reflection of one of the main concerns of Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés’: the relation between heritage and contemporary architecture.

© Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

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Cite: "Banque de France Paris La Courneuve / Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés" 03 Dec 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/906891/banque-de-france-paris-la-courneuve-jean-paul-viguier-et-associes/> ISSN 0719-8884

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