French office design completes to reveal partnership between building and land
This private office by French practice LAN Architecture in the suburban district of Saint Mesmes has recently completed. Seen in this winterscape the design creates a symbiotic relationship between the building and its landscape, the former a point of interest and retreat from the harsh surrounds and the latter framed in panorama to be enjoyed by those inside.
The topography involves a 3 metre slope to the west which has been optimised in the design providing the positioning of this elevation towards the attractive outlook of the hills beyond.
Two distinct spaces are created - one for flexible working, the other as workshop, exhibition space and storage. The offices are raised on the upper area of the site providing an impression of lightness. The use of corridors was avoided by using these spaces as meeting and waiting areas, also benefiting from the framed views.
The intersection of the two volumes serves as the entrance, with a sloped ramp rising up into the building. The elevations and roof are completely constructed from black painted concrete. The roof finish allow it be read as the building’s fifth elevation.