Centre d'Examen du Permis by
Samuel Delmas Architectes

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Centre d'Examen du Permis by Samuel Delmas Architectes

These photographs by Julien Lanoo show a French driving-test centre by Samuel Delmas Architectes, which is camouflaged to look like a fence.

Centre d'Examen du Permis by Samuel Delmas Architectes

Weathered rods of Corten steel surround the exterior of the Centre d'Examen du Permis, interrupted by black-framed box windows.

Centre d'Examen du Permis by Samuel Delmas Architectes

This screen provides solar shading for the glazed, prefabricated building while fences in the same material extend to either side.

Centre d'Examen du Permis by Samuel Delmas Architectes

Framed porches project from two sides of the centre to provide separate entrances for staff and the public.

Centre d'Examen du Permis by Samuel Delmas Architectes

The architects raised the building off the ground since the site in Gennevilliers, a suburb to the north-west of Paris, is prone to flooding.

Centre d'Examen du Permis by Samuel Delmas Architectes

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Centre d'Examen du Permis by Samuel Delmas Architectes

The following text is provided by the architects:


Ioclimatic approach

To build in an easily flooded zone, a friendly and a warm edifice in an HEQ way of thinking while assuring the safety of the site and the longevity of the project.

Centre d'Examen du Permis by Samuel Delmas Architectes

Site, brief and project

The project takes place along the boulevard. It is used as an acces filter for the tracks thanks to its openwork envelope.

Centre d'Examen du Permis by Samuel Delmas Architectes

The fence on the boulevard uses the facade system and improves its presence on the way while developping a kinetic effect when you are driving all along the building.

Centre d'Examen du Permis by Samuel Delmas Architectes

The building skin is constituted of vertical elements, made of strips of timber or metalic slats, regularly spaced according to their function.

Centre d'Examen du Permis by Samuel Delmas Architectes

The envelope was made in order to solve all the constraints depending of the brief and of the site: solar protection, intimity, modularity of the building, prefabrication, anti-intervention, anti-vandal, environmental approach…

Centre d'Examen du Permis by Samuel Delmas Architectes

Building & sustainable development

Simple and rigorous volumes allow the optimisation of the way of building, the rationalization of the structure, of the envelope and of the networks.

Centre d'Examen du Permis by Samuel Delmas Architectes

Implementation of windbreak hedges composed of local species with persistent foliage. Preservation of the existing vegetation. Development of a biodiversity in relation with the site (humid environment).

Centre d'Examen du Permis by Samuel Delmas Architectes

Centre d'Examen du Permis by Samuel Delmas Architectes

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Centre d'Examen du Permis by Samuel Delmas Architectes

The drainage ditches allow to rid the water of pollution thanks to a system using plants.

Centre d'Examen du Permis by Samuel Delmas Architectes

Brief examination center for driving licence + projection room + documentation + cafeteria + exhibition room + offices + tracks and parking

Centre d'Examen du Permis by Samuel Delmas Architectes

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Site location Gennevilliers 92, France
Contracting authority Ministère de l’écologie, du développement durable, des transports et du logement – DDE 92
Av B. Frachon 92 000 Nanterre 01 56 38 29 80
Project manager a+ samueldelmas
Net floor area 580 m²+23 000 m² landscaping
Construction costs 2 250 000 euros excl tax
Calendar – delivered in April 2011
Prize-winner of the competition

Centre d'Examen du Permis by Samuel Delmas Architectes

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Outside spaces delivered in May 2009
Building delivered in April 2011

+ very high-performance Energy
+ puits canadien (earth cooling tubes)
+ solar filter

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  • http://www.dailygrail.com Red Pill Junkie

    Nice! Who says boxes can't be beautiful? :)

  • http://archialternative.com/ @architecturally

    weird, strange… yet irresistibly cool

  • http://www.candleslovers.com Mary-Candles Lovers

    C'est magnifique!!!

  • Jessica

    You mean the French actually have to sit a drivers licence test in France? What do they have to do – prove they can park their car by driving with equal force into the car in front and the car behind?

  • Joy

    Looks like prison.