french design studio, bfv architectes, recently completed pulse, a seven-story office building located in the outskirts of paris. the building’s core is opened with a vast atrium, covered with a glass roof letting the natural coming into the wooden nave. the rigor of the wooden construction system contrasts with the cozy materiality and colors of the workplace. the result is an airy building tinted with a warm atmosphere.
bfv architectes placed wood throughout the entire building, from the entrance hall to the many floors, creating a warm, quiet and peaceful work environment. the building structure is dual, mixing core elements in concrete with wooden columns, beams and floors. services and facilities for employees, including three catering areas, are located around the atrium on the ground floor.
an urban garden and terraces can be found on the last floor and the food grown in the garden is cooked at the cafeteria. on the facade, the geometric composition of the large windows generates a mosaic pattern. this pattern stops above the entrance hall, giving way to a vast green terrace. like a treasure in a jewel case, the wooden building is protected by aluminum slats of three different colors, which also reflect the sunrays.
light wood prevails throughout the project changing the elements’ width and spacing to create dynamic effects. the light color lets light flood into the space, adding openness to the central atrium. hanging lighting fixtures shaped like thin tubes float over the space, adding to the verticality of the wooden elements. bfv architectes’ design results in a stunning workspace that invites employees into an airy and welcoming work environment.
project name: pulse
team: bfv architectes, artelia (technical consultant), barthès bois (wood structure), arcora (facades), avls (acoustics), spooms (kitchens).
location: place du front populaire, saint-denis
project type: office building + restaurants
client: icade surface: 29450 m² sdp
cost: 65.7 m€ ht
dates: design 2017, delivery 2019
texture: wood, aluminium, glass
structure: wood and concrete
performances: hqe excellent / breeam very good / bbca excellent
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edited by: cristina gomez | designboom
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