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Christ & Gantembein . Du Besset Lyon

Vaugirard Social Housing . Paris

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Christ & Gantembein . Du Besset Lyon

A large industrial block in the midst of Paris is to be densified upon the restructuring of some metro’s maintenance workshops. 104 social housing apartments sit on top of a refurbished base with workshops. The 124 m long volume blends in within the traditional Haussmannian street profile, but is enhanced by five «redents» (stepped alignments) which provide multiple orientations to the apartments. The latter are compact and efficient but combined with generous outside spaces. The façade, the sharp edges and the repetition of a single type of window are as much a reference to industrial architecture as a pragmatic answer to a limited budget. Continue reading Christ & Gantembein . Du Besset Lyon

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Christ & Gantenbein

Givaudan Innovation Center . Kemptthal

Christ & Gantenbein . Givaudan Innovation Center . Kemptthal (1)

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In a site famous for its industrial heritage, the new Givaudan innovation centre gathers offices and laboratories for the leader in flavour and fragrance industry. Vertical brick pillars structure the façade following the rhythm of the laboratory units and provide a certain depth to the envelope: they convey firmness and openness. The bricks’ yellowish tone establishes a relationship to the site’s historical architecture. Limited depth of the building allows the office spaces to stay in the vicinity of the laboratories while enjoying the great view onto the surrounding landscape. Flexibility and adaptation in the laboratoriesa re guaranteed according to contemporary standards and by means of multiple devices. Continue reading Christ & Gantenbein