Pushed Slab by MVRDV


Pushed Slab by MVRDV

Dutch architects MVRDV have unveiled their design for an office building in Paris, where the middle section will appear broken and twisted open.

Pushed Slab by MVRDV

Called Pushed Slab, the office building requires this window through the middle to maintain views of a historic building beyond.

Pushed Slab by MVRDV

The twisted layers form terraces for the building's workers on the south side.

Pushed Slab by MVRDV

Here's some more information from MVRDV:

MVRDV presents the Pushed Slab, energy efficient office building, Paris

ICADE Promotion and MVRDV present the design for the Pushed Slab office building at ZAC Gare de Rungis in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. The 19.000 m2 building will be one of the first low energy buildings realised in France; with low energy consumption and an energy production of appr. 200.000kWh per year. Construction of the 35 million Euro building commissioned by French project developer ICADE Promotion is expected to start 2011.

The Pushed Slab is located between two completely different urban grids: the dense city fabric of blocks and streets in the North and the loose urban fabric in the south with its clear defined and straightforward infrastructure. The design is based on the requested office program and the energy requirements. The project combines proven energy efficiency technologies with individual office floors and outside spaces such as patios, balconies and a garden. The building is highly flexible offering three cores and a central lobby; it can be rented out to one or various tenants without structural changes.

The building is located on a former rail embankment of approximately 4.150m ². The volume follows the site restrictions, a slab shaped volume of 150 m long and 21 m wide. An opening in the volume preserves the view of a historic building. To create this urban window and to enhance the urban quality of the neighbourhood, the slab is “pushed” until it breaks, then twisted and pushed to the south. This pushing act creates a distortion of the floors, offering multiple terraces which can be directly accessed from the work areas as well as from the external staircases. The urban window offers a large terrace on the second level. The terrace and the balconies will be furnished with trees planted in large pots, offering employees a friendly environment to relax.

The building has two faces: a calm side in dialogue with the urban fabric of the north side of Paris, and a more dynamic side facing south, rectangular to the boulevard. The building is wrapped in a skin of wood. The windows form a rhythmic ribbon, offering optimal sunning and light control of the inner spaces. To contribute to the sustainable development and taking the impact of deforestation into account, certified wood from France will be used. The climate is controled by natural ventilation; 1500m2 solar panels on the roof provide renewable energy and a grey water circuit will be applied. Blinds will be integrated in the south facade and in the cuts. The building will be insulated from the outside in order to reduce thermal bridges. The accumulation of these proven reliable techniques results in a highly efficient low energy building which leads to an energy consumption of 49 kWh per m2 per year.

The project is part of the ZAC Gare de Rungis development, according to the mayor of the arrondissement Jerome Coumet “The first Eco-quarter of Paris, the first presented and the first to be completed.” The building is designed by MVRDV in cooperation with local architect North by North West, in a joint effort with the engineering and advisory firms ARCOBA (Saint Denis), Casso, Terrell, Vanguard and Alto, all located in Paris.

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Rotterdam Market Hall

Posted on Tuesday July 20th 2010 at 5:11 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • wpgmb

    when a building needs to “act out” its design intent, something is wrong. these guys have lost their edge. they used to do fantastic + clever work…

  • edward

    Come on, guys. Get serious. I guess you could say this is the high Baroque period of modern architecture.

  • Dinheru

    I like the idea, but can’t specify the area around it very well.. Abstract buildings okay, but how will it fit into the real world..

  • floyd landis

    Really, that’s your concept? You must have stayed up late working on that one.

  • OPA

    finally something surprising. in particular from mvrdv.. interesting

  • felix

    maybe MVRDV have a grudge against the french and want to play a practical joke by getting them to build this ugly thing

    their previous designs have had such clear and original rationale. this doesn’t make sense at all. if they hadn’t shown the foam model I’d have no idea it was meant to be pushed out, it just looks like an infection of balconies.

    and I don’t understand how one of the few practices that has shown skill, subtlety and even a sense of humour and irony when using large square volumes … goes onto produce this. just rows of windows sandwiched between timber slats… what

  • addendum

    if they do build this I’d be surprised if they actually put all that timber across the soffit in the pushed out hole. that’s actually about the only interesting part of the design

  • horsten

    i dislike grouchy, non-constructive comments, but, ummm… this concept is a bit weak, at least the first visual impact

  • Why is that…energy efficiency technologies are almost never accompanied by truly aesthetic design of an envelop. Should we blame technological limitations for it? Or is it a lack of talent from the architects who care about function only?

    I think the architects must be first of all anthropomorphic (focused on human aspects) rather than to design in accordance with the mechanistic technicalities.

    Well, maybe I am wrong, but I still prefer Leonardo’s “Vitruvian Man” on Corbu’s “Modulor”. Maybe because it is human and at the center of universe?

  • Adnauseum

    Oh look! Another fashionably cantilevered building with the exterior wood-panelling that is de rigeur these days. Is this what architecture’s come to? Oh, but of course, it’s “sustainable”.

  • Magnus

    I’m disappointed with the frivolity of the conceptual touchstone. It’s amazing how even today frivolous conceptual ‘moves’ like this are made with millions of dollars and thousands of hours of labor, from the intern to the builder on site, are to be invested into making this ‘move’ a reality! It’s very careless!

  • MVRDV is going worse and worse… What happened?

  • tsktsk

    rather nice ‘concept’…

  • Julien

    This project is an utter mess, hiding behind a pathetic “concept”. I agree with the above comments that mourn what MVRDV has become, and can only hope that this was a dud project that they spent five minutes on as there was no budget involved. Honestly, I know I shouldn’t judge a project by the hideous renders, but the second image looks like a cheap hotel from the 1980s, complete with fake palm trees.

  • The plaze under the cuilding looks very pleasant.

  • f-minus

    MVRDV got pimp slapped by french regulations.

  • deforma

    The concept behind the broken section is good and so seems to be the result.
    Shame about the facades with endless(boring) horizontal windows.
    Maybe that was intentional,to break the blandness with something more dramatic..I dunno.