Posted: 06 Aug 2013 08:11 AM PDT
The new headquarters of the company group Cesbron is situated in the midst of nature in Saint Sylvain d'Anjou, near Angers. The main building arises next to a basin of 1800 m², where the futuristic ovoid seams to float. Both structures are connected with a vitreous tunnel. The stunning architecture plays with the contrast of the natural surroundings and the industrial activity of the group. The administrative building with a floor space of 2900 m² on three floors corresponds to its environment through the façade of larch wood. In contrast "the egg" conveys a high-tech look to the scenery.
The material is imbedding the oval smoothly and creates playful reflections of the daylight and calming impressions. The newly established water basin moisturized the air and thus contributes to the cooling of the buildings south side. This is part of the climatic concept. After only 5 months of operation the energy balance is positive. With a strong insulation, heat pumps and modern photovoltaic the company is pointing the way towards energy saving and sustainability. Underneath of the egg's floor the whole air-conditioning technology is situated. The construction of the egg is consisting of a wooden substructure with a vapour trap and a four-ply insulation of mineral wool. The outer cladding of ALUCOBOND spectra® was cut in trapezoid forms and snuggles to the building's three-dimensional form. Initially the architects considered the use of other materials as well, but only ALUCOBOND® could comply with all demands: a smooth surface, which adapts perfectly to the structure and convinces with its aesthetic effect.
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Company Headquarter – Cesbron – Saint Sylvain d'Anjou (FR)
Posted: 06 Aug 2013 06:27 AM PDT
Joao Morgado shared with us his recent photography of the Cultural Center of Viana do Castelo.
The Cultural Center of Viana do Castelo opened last 14th of July and its an amazing project designed by Pritzker award-winning Eduardo Souto de Moura.
The cultural center of Viana do Castelo is a project inserted into the privileged space of marginal river mouth Lima, around an axis that is claimed as new cultural centrality of Minho. This bold project with an end multipurpose intended to be the headquarters of cultural events, music, sports and leisure.
The Cultural Center is composed of three floors and has a deployment area of 3,792 sqm. On the -1 floor is located the match venue and access to side benches. The level 0 stands for the glass used, which ensures transparency between the city, the river and the interior of the building itself. And lastly the 1st floor are booths scenic and administrative spaces.
Eduardo Souto de Moura started to design this Cultural Center back in 1999, it took five years to build and it was finally opened last 14th of July 2013.
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Architecture: Eduardo Souto de Moura
+ All images courtesy Joao Morgado
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