Former tobacco factory is converted into the Maison du Conseil Général
The General Council building occupies three floors of a former tobacco factory in Saint-Marcellin. A large steel frame rises above the square, highlighting the change and the name of the institution.
The building is separated into distinct sections of operation;
on the ground floor, the lobby is generously sized to house temporary exhibitions relating to the actions of the Maison du Conseil Général. The first floor of the building is split into two areas: one for receiving the public, the other reserved for staff.
The public area is composed of a number of reception rooms, managed by a computerised reservation system which allows staff to host clients who are often in great difficulty in homely conditions, rather than in their offices. The second floor is intended purely for administrative duties and includes closed offices for senior management.
The separation has multiple advantages including less pressure for staff, free exchange area, spaces assigned to working time with users and a warm, responsive environment for the public.