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Philharmonie

Mirror of movement

The Philharmonie de Paris, designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, is a glittering hill culminating at 52 meters with a giant screen displaying its programme, an eye-catching feature visible from the Périphérique and surrounding suburbs. Its location to the north-east of the capital , in the heart of the metropolis,made it a landmark of Greater Paris from the outset and affirmed a desire to popularize the music it represents. It marks the culmination of the cultural metamorphosis of this sector in the 19th arrondissement that was formerly dedicated to slaughterhouses – the transformed Grande Halle bears witness to this – that started over 30 years ago. With its national and international dimension, the Philharmonie crowns all the facilities that dot Parc de La Villette, and in particular its opposite number Cité de la Musique, completed in 1995 by the architect Christian de Portzamparc. These two buildings now form a pair known as Philharmonie 1 and 2.

In addition to the large philharmonic hall named after Pierre Boulez with 2400 seats (3600 standing) set out over five levels, the Philharmonie comprises two large orchestra rehearsal rooms, six rehearsal rooms, work studios, an administrative centre, an educational centre, exhibition spaces, catering areas and shops. Concerts as well as exhibitions, educational activities and residences bring life to the building. There are several different ways of entering the building. Firstly, you can go ‘under’  the building from Parc de La Villette on the ground floor level. Alternatively, you can climb a very wide staircase that brings you into the foyer of the great hall. A gentle ramp from Porte de Pantin also leads to this foyer. You can zigzag up the northern slope of the building, like a hillside, to reach the belvedere, 37 meters above the ground, that offers a panoramic viewpoint of the city, The various paths offer freedom to users, inviting them to appropriate the site without preconceptions. A “living space for music”, its singular plasticity reflects the fluidity sought between spaces and people be they artists, technicians, the public, or merely shoppers.

Mirror of movement

Outside, the metallic cladding of its angular shapes and, conversely, curves provides a distorted reflection of the landscape and the movements around it, confusing distance and scale. Elements collide. The main design of the façades, in a nod to M.C. Escher, assembles seven different models of a stylised bird to form the aluminium coating in four shades of matt grey: flocks of birds form as the light changes.

Tourbillon

Overflowing from these flat, sharpedged façades, the heart of the building is covered with bright stainless steel plate (Uginox Bright). Called the Tourbillon (whirlpool) and developed by Bureau HDA, this volume, highlighted in this manner, seems to escape from inside. It corresponds to the spaces of the foyer of the great hall. This curved wall is built in such a way as to form two distinct skins – the outer cladding and a  watertight inner wall – each defined according to distinct geometric principles. The space between the two allows access for maintenance. With a surface area of nearly 7000m², the cladding is a collection of stainless steel scales laid out in a freeform manner determined by the architects. The geometry follows a NURBS (Non- uniform rational B-spline) model. It is characterized by a mixture of zones of double convex, concave and, in some places, almost flat curves. With a thickness of 1.5 mm, the stainless steel sheets are fixed on a three-dimensional structural system combining flat sheets for the frames and curved tubes. These are connected to the edges of the floor with rods.

In contrast to the matt outer layer, the shiny appearance of the stainless steel exaggerates the surrounding landscape. Besides its aesthetic appearance, the smoothness of its surface helps to limit the deposition of dust and pollution residues. The particularly aggressive atmosphere near the Périphérique justified the choice of grade of austenitic stainless steel (Aperam 316L).

Technical Files

Paris, France
Ateliers Jean Nouvel / Metra & Associés
©William Beaucardet

Info

316L/1.4404
Autre

Arc Iris centre de tri

“Any architect can make a beautiful industrial object. But the important thing is that the envelope provides an emotion. ”A masterpiece open-air shimmering in all its facets, Caiman imposes itself as a monumental sculpture.Its scales reflect the light, the sky and the earth according to the hours and the seasons. Dressed in natural colors, the building becomes alive, blends into the environment, participates in the landscape in its diurnal and nocturnal evolution.This metal envelope reflects a single architectural quest: that of contemplation.Household waste incineration plants may have been renamed the less worrying name of “energy recovery center”, they arouse oppositions of residents increasingly frequent. To better accept them, their architectural quality appears as an asset. Because there is a risk of real blockage linked to the syndrome NIMBY (“not in my back yard”), come from overseas and now well established in France. Or how waste treatment should always be done elsewhere, far from home … This is a phenomenon that had to be confronted to achieve in Calce, near Perpignan, an energy recovery center of 22 tons / hour. Winners of a design competition with Cydel (TIRU Group), the architects Luc Arsène-Henry Jr and Alain Triaud proposed to bring to the front of the undulating facades of their building project a coat of metal bands with more fluid lines. . “The plant must be beautiful because it is proof that the company looks after you. It is no longer necessary that it expresses the industrial vocation because technicality is now a due: a sports car does not show its engine, but its curves. ”Leaning against the rock, the new center stretches over 1500 m long, between evocation of vestiges and great artistic gesture. The champagne anodized stainless steel that was finally chosen helps to melt the building in the ocher land of the scrubland, thus contributing to a better acceptance of its location. In order to recall the local geology, the site has also been developed with the implementation of architectural embankments and a base of raw concrete. Plantations did the rest.With 10,000 m² of cladding laid, the implementation of colored stainless steel represents a first by the scale. The coloring of the sheet, of a thickness of 0.5 mm, was carried out by bath, in an electrolytic process.The subcontractor who shaped the tiles has developed with the architect the necessary one hundred modules with an average size of 950 x 600 mm. This execution was made in the factory so as to avoid the risk of deformation.On the site, a modular galvanized steel support made it possible to fix this kit of precision before mounting the assembly on the secondary framework of the facade. The scales are laid over without visible screws, in a direction that leaves no wind. To point out already the south-east / north-west orientation of the building, chosen according to the winds to minimize its sound impact.The cost of this dressing is compensated by the reduction of the center footprint area, obtained by a studied spatialization of the process. The arrangement of the latter in the slope prevents the plant that hides it from exceeding the ridge line. Even the emergence of the chimney has been reduced to 3 m above the frame, so as not to remind residents of the idea of ​​pollution to which this industrial element refers.

Technical Files

Perpignan, France
Luc Arsène Henry Jr
©Luc Arsène Henry Jr

Info

316L/1.4404
Uginox Top / Uginox Spectral
0.50 mm
Autre

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