Snøhetta and SRA recently presented their plans for the headquarters of the French publishing group Le Monde.
The evolution of the media, use of different platforms and public relations are a few of the key concepts behind the project. The site is divided into two parts, and so the architects of Snøhetta decided to design a single block that would cover the entire site and then progressively subtract volumes representing the entrance and public spaces.
The end result is a bridge-like building that crosses over the entire area and represents a bridge between Le Monde and its readers. Below the bridge there will be a plaza made up of two connected parts.
The key feature of the building is a matrix of glass pixels that will cover the entire façade and create a variety of different effects of transparency and opacity, with LEDs integrated into its surface not only to provide lighting but to produce abstract data representing a continual flow of information.
Location: Paris, France
Images courtesy of Snøhetta