Branched Offices by Projectiles

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Branched Offices by Projectiles

This cluster of offices in northern France are raised above the ground like treehouses, supported by a forest of roughly sawn wooden columns.

Branched Offices by Projectiles

Designed by Paris studio Projectiles as an extension to a carpenter's workshop, the string of buildings is sandwiched between two existing warehouses and creates a bridge between them.

Branched Offices by Projectiles

Bridges also connect the blocks to each other, while an external staircase provides a link between the offices and a picnic area below.

Branched Offices by Projectiles

One of the six blocks steps down to ground level to serve as an entrance lobby, containing a second staircase crafted entirely from square-cut wooden beams.

Branched Offices by Projectiles

If treehouses are your thing then see all our stories about them here.

Branched Offices by Projectiles

Photography is by Vincent Fillon.

Branched Offices by Projectiles

Here's some more information from Projectiles:


Branched Offices

Épône, 78

In May 2009, the agency Projectiles was contacted by MD, a carpenter quite unlike any other.

Branched Offices by Projectiles

Art collector, passionate about sailing boats, he entrusted Reza Azard, Hervé Bouttet and Daniel Mészàros with the creation of an office complex as an extension to his workshop.

Branched Offices by Projectiles

At the time, two warehouses of 1,500 square metres were situated twenty metres apart. The back of the parcel was free.

Branched Offices by Projectiles

The extension that the three men proposed is introduced between the two existing volumes within the authorised outline limitation, joins with the two warehouses and branches out towards the far end of the parcel.

Branched Offices by Projectiles

The different volumes, perched four metres on top of roughly-hewn beams, are placed freely within the authorised limitation. They are connected by interior footbridges.

Branched Offices by Projectiles

The construction is entirely built in wood,including the framework. The carpentry consists of a unique window dimension, sometimes fixed, sometimes opening.

 

Branched Offices by Projectiles

The complex is immersed in an arboretum made up of twenty trees of a dozen different species, offering blossom throughout the year. This architecture introduced into the heart of an ordinary industrial estate, represents a veritable heterotopia.

Branched Offices by Projectiles

Client:
Séquoia Company
Woodwork - Layout

Branched Offices by Projectiles

Architects:
Projectiles, architects
Reza Azard – Hervé Bouttet – Daniel Mészáros
Serge Titier, économist
EVP, structures consultants

Branched Offices by Projectiles

Surface: 450 m2
Budget: 840 000 € (excl. tax)

Branched Offices by Projectiles

Schedule:
Study may 2009 – june 2010
Construction site july 2010 – may 2011
Completion summer 2011

  • http://www.vauni.co.uk Mikkel

    I like the raw look the building gets with all that wood. It should look even better during night time!

  • hele

    it is a ideal working place, especially between two solid volumes

  • http://www.architect.octavian-ungureanu.ro Octavian Ungureanu

    Especially the last picture is a vivid description of what Le Corbusier would design if he discovered not the reinforced concrete, but the wood instead. The buildings have a grid of pilots (point 1), a free plan (2), a free design of the facades (3) and (some) horizontal windows (4). Well, I think it lacks the fifth point, the roof garden!