Santé Publique France Headquarters Near Paris / Atelier du Pont

Santé Publique France Headquarters Near Paris / Atelier du Pont

© Takuji Shimmura © Karel Balas © Karel Balas © Takuji Shimmura + 24

Saint-Maurice, France
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Atelier du Pont
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  • Architect Project Manager

    Julie-Laure Anthonioz
  • Project team

    Quentin Perchet and Zarko Uzelac (competition), Luc Pinsard and Marion Rousselet (studies), Miguel La Parra (worksite)
  • Interior Designer

    Clémence Giai
  • Client

    Santé publique France
  • General Engineering

    Quadriplus Groupe
  • Catering

  • Public Safety and Security

    Cronos Conseil
  • Landscape Designer

    Laurence Jouhaud
  • Management and Coordination

    CAP 6
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© Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

Text description provided by the architects. At a time when our children are mobilizing to save the planet and are holding us responsible, individually and collectively, we as architects and builders have a moral obligation to reduce the carbon footprint of our constructions. We have to fundamentally change the ways in which we do things, adopt different construction systems, and use bio-sourced and recyclable materials.

© Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

The building for Santé publique France, the French public healthcare agency, is located at the edge of the Bois de Vincennes, from which it draws its inspiration. It is entirely made of wood: structure, flooring, façades…

© Karel Balas
© Karel Balas

The shape is like a bundle of sticks placed on the ground that branch out like open, protective arms. This design symbolizes the mission of this institution, which oversees the health of everyone who lives in France. The aim is to be exemplary in terms of its impact on the environment and the health.

© Karel Balas
© Karel Balas

The project has created a pleasant space that takes its users’ wellbeing fully into account. It uses natural and recyclable construction procedures and materials, free of all solvents and plastics. The workspaces are luminous and well cushioned in terms of sound; and have ample views of the surrounding landscape.


The stairways have been generously sized and naturally lit to encourage people walk to go from one floor to the next, instead of taking the elevators. The common spaces were created to stimulate interaction and host informal gatherings and meetings. The restaurant and small cafés on the various floors are warm and intimate.

© Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

Large, furnished terraces are available to anyone who wants to eat outside and enjoy the beautiful view over the wooded park. The three gardens surrounding the building are pedagogical, each one organized around the theme of beneficial, healing, or harmful plants.

© Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

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Project location

Address: 12 Rue du Val d'Osne, 94410 Saint-Maurice, France

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
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Cite: "Santé Publique France Headquarters Near Paris / Atelier du Pont" 11 Sep 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
© Takuji Shimmura

法国公共卫生部,‘张开的臂膀’守护国民健康 / Atelier du Pont

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