Architectural practice AZC - Atelier Zündel Cristea planned the new headquarters of Pacemar, the holding company in the Louis Dreyfus Armateurs group, renovating a block built in the late 80s on the Seine in Suresnes, a banlieue west of Paris.
The architects identified three main principles on the basis of which the existing building was renovated. First of all, reorganisation of the levels to create fluid, flexible spaces, illuminated by natural light; clear distribution of internal routes to improve the facility’s accessibility and, lastly, a new façade to improve its thermal and acoustic insulation and preserve the panoramic views of its surroundings.
The architects therefore designed a big foyer running the full height of the building with a monumental staircase and an indoor patio to allow daylight to penetrate the volume. The layout and location of the workstations were redefined on the basis of these elements. Internal routes were rationalised with the aid of a monumental staircase starting in the foyer and winding up to the higher levels. The new façade with its double skin of glass reveals the company’s maritime vocation and becomes a bold architectural symbol in Suresnes. Natural ventilation and a system of sunshades between the two glass walls shelter the interior from the sun, guaranteeing excellent thermal and acoustic performance for the building along with maximum visibility of the panorama.
Architects: AZC - Atelier Zündel Cristea: Grégoire Zündel, Irina Cristea, Jeremias Lorch e Laurie Tiradas
Partners: Batiserf, Louis Choulet, Bureau Michel Forgue, VS.A, Artelia
Location: Suresnes, France
Images courtesy of AZC