Light Architecture N°1326 - December 2013

ORGANIC INSPIRATION

Housing, Zac Cardinet Chalabre, Paris (FR) - Ventilated Danpalon® 16, 600 mm, clear and ice, 1500 m² - © FRANKLIN AZZI ARCHITECTURE - Architects : Franklin Azzi Architecture (FR) - Contractor : Pierre Evolution (FR)
Located in the Cardinet-Chalabre urban development zone in Paris, this building houses HQE (High Environmental Quality) homes, a day centre and stores, in pursuit of sustainable development, integration into the existing district and quality of…

AERIAL STRUCTURE FOR MAJESTIC CANOPIES

Maintenance and operation centre Mettis, Metz (FR) - Canopy Danpalon® 16, 1040 mm, green, 6 000 m² - © R. Villaggi - Architects : Denu et Paradon (FR) - Contractor : Couvrest (FR) ; Cibetanche Descartes (FR)
A ballet of two hundred buses come and go every day from the new maintenance and operation centre in Metz – two hundred buses that need to be parked, cleaned, maintained and kept out of…

A MILKY WAY AS A SIGNBOARD

The Geode, Paris (FR) - Interior Danpalon® 10, 600 mm, opal, 200 m² - © Nicolas Descottes - Architects : Lambert Lénack (FR) - Contractor : Zacharie (FR)
A cloud of lights resembling the stars of a Milky Way welcomes visitors to the Geode. For its 25th anniversary, the reception and restaurant spaces have been renovated, with a central pillar crowned by a…

A HOTEL MERGED WITH THE LANDSCAPE

B&B Hostel, Gujan Mestras (FR) - Ventilated Danpalon® BRV 16, 1040 mm ice, clear Softlite, green, empire, 1 890 m² - © Arthur Péquin - Architects : Blamm Architectes (FR) - Contractor : GCEB (FR)
It is its ability to reflect the landscape that prompted Christophe Blamm to use Danpalon® for the walls of the B&B hotel, located in a pine forest in Gujan-Mestras in the Bay of Arcachon. “The…

FACADES THAT CHANGE WITH TIME

Odyssée, Saint-Nazaire (FR) - Ventilated Danpalon® BRV 16, 600 mm clear, 5 460 m² - © C. Sancereau - Architects : ARLAB (FR) - Contractor : Ateliers David (FR)
Permeability, soft mobility, privacy, variety: these were the concepts included in the specification for the Odyssée project in Saint-Nazaire (44). 55 rental housing units, 115 temporary rooms provided by the association Résidétape, and a store…

METALLIC CLADDING FOR A POSITIVE ENERGY BUILDING

Amplia, Lyon-Confluence (69) - Bardage Rapporté Ventilé Danpalon® 16, 1040 mm alu, 1500 m² - © Paul Raftery Photography - Lipsky + Rollet Architectes (75) - Entreprise : Amalgame (69)
Located within the Confluence in Lyon, the Amplia project is situated at the connection of two districts and at the corner of two streets, thus creating a protected island. Designed by architects Florence Lipsky and…

Contrasts & colour-play

Jean Vilar School, Chalon-sur-Saône (FR) - Ventilated Danpalon® BRV 16, 1040 mm, yellow, green, purple, 1 600 m² - © Jérôme Beg - Architects : Perche & Bougeault (FR) - Contractor : Avenir Bois structure (FR)
During its renovation, the Jean Vilar school in Chalon-sur- Saône, a concrete building dating from the 1960s, underwent a drastic change of image. The main reason for the building’s rehabilitation was to improve its insulation,…

MOVING LEAVES SERIGRAPHY

Saint-Exupéry School, Hellemmes (FR) - Ventilated Danpalon® BRV 10, 600 mm, serigraphy clear, 1200 m² - © David Hulot - Architects : Agence Marie-Pascale Bouchez Architectes (FR) - Contractor : SOGEA CARONI (FR)
In the vicinity of Saint-Exupéry school in Hellemmes, red maple leaves appear blown about by the wind along the front of the building.“Although the  neighbourhood is very urban, planted areas are found nearby and the…

TINTS IN RANDOM RHYTHMS

Shopping center, Mer (FR) - Ventilated Danpalon® BRV 16, 600 et 900 mm clear, gold, bronze, black, red, 355 m² - Architects : IDEA Architectes (FR) - Contractor : Cibetanche Descartes (FR)
The new owner wanted to extend his Super U store in Mer and modernise its image. IDE.A Architects suggested a bold and dynamic project, exchanging the standard grey metal facade for a random alternation of…

COLOURED VOLUMES AS URBAN SIGNIFIERS

Leisure, Coeur de Ville, Montreuil-sous-Bois (FR) - Faaade Danpalon® 10, 600 mm, clear, 2 800 m² - © David Boureau-DFA - Architects : Agence Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes (FR) - Contractor : Cibetanche (FR)
An interplay of volumes and reflections, the new city movie theatre Le Méliès is a highlight in the redevelopment of the City Hall district in Montreuil-sous-Bois. Occupying half the first floor of a shopping center,…

WALL ORIGAMI

ERDF, Bussy-Saint-Georges (FR) - Facade Danpalon® double 10 MC, 600 mm, clear, 500 m² - Architects : Natalis▪Rupp Scotee Architectes (FR) - Contractor : Cibetanche (FR)
This ERDF (French electricity distribution network) building in Bussy-Saint-Georges plays on oppositions: a massive concrete base designed to protect against  intrusions, crowned by an aerial volume with a rough structure and varied texture. “The specifications…

A LUMINOUS SHOWCASE FOR HIGH TECH PLANES

LB5 Dassault Aviation, Le Bourget (FR) - Facade Danpalon® 16, 1040 mm, clear, 740 m² - © Dassault Aviation - X. Béjot - Architects : Architecture Jean-Jacques Devilliers (FR) - Contractor : Mineur Becourt (FR)
Dassault Aviation’s new hangar in Le Bourget is both enormous in size and elegant in its design. Its modern aspect is conceived to showcase the flagship of the company, Falcon planes. “This is a building…

CONTRASTING MATERIALS

Jeannine Manuel Active Bilingual School, Lille (FR) - Facade Danpatherm K7, Ventilated Danpalon® BRV et Danpalon®16, 1040 mm, ice Softlite, 1775 m² - Architects : Drôles de trames (FR) - Contractor : Loison (FR)
Sedum, concrete, metal and polycarbonate. Strikingly contrasting materials are paired with classic architecture to bring a primary school and a multiple sports room under one roof in an extension of the EABJM (Jeannine Manuel Active…

A CARNIVAL WORKSHOP IN COLOURFUL COSTUME

Carnival workshop, Saint-Pierre-de-Chandieu (FR) - Ventilated Danpalon® BRV 16, 1040 mm orange, gren, ice, blue, gold, silver, red, yellow, purple, 847 m² - Architects : ART CAM architectures (FR) - Contractor : Gecape Sud (FR)
The Carnival Workshop in Saint- Pierre-de-Chandieu, which houses carnival floats all year round, is adorned with multiple colours in vertical lines. Yet originally, the rehabilitation project for the hangar and the adjacent technical department building,…

LIGHT AT THE MOVIES

Ciné32, Auch (FR) - Facade Danpalon® double 16, 600 mm, clear and clear Softlite, 150 m² - © Sébastien Normand - Architects : Encore Heureux (FR) - Contractor : SNA Sud-Ouest (FR)
The small local movie theatres of the post-war era directly inspired the design of a new cinema in Auch managed by the association Ciné32. The five opaque walls facing the street, which feature oldstyle pediments…

NATURAL GEOMETRY FOR AN EQUESTRIAN CENTRE

Equestrian centre, Feyzin (FR) - Canopy Danpalon® 16, 600 mm, lime et clear, 995 m² - © Mairie de Feyzin - Architects : Atelier d'architecture Jean Pierre Givord (FR) - Contractor : Rhône Alpes Acier (FR)
The city of Feyzin is the owner of a 19th-century military fort in a 26-hectare natural space, and wanted to open the buildings to the public by creating an  equestrian centre. To integrate the riding…

A SIZZLING RECEPTION HALL

Alliance Française building Bangkok (Thaïland) - Interior Danpalon® 10 et 16, 600 mm orange and silver, 600 m² - © ADPI - Architectes : ADPI (FR) - Contractor : TT Construction Co Ltd (Thaïland)
Light and vitality are the two words that characterise the entrance hall of the brand new Alliance Française building in Bangkok. Built in a fast-growing area of Thailand’s capital city, the building seen from the…

A CHURCH OF LIGHTS

Saint Thomas Church, Vaulx-en-Velin (FR) - Facade Danpalon® 16 and 20, 600 mm, clear and ice Softlite, 850 m² - © Frenchie Cristogatin - Architects : [Siz'-ix] Architectes (FR) - Contractor : Franck Saine (FR)
During the planning for the construction of the new Saint-Thomas church in Vaulx-en- Velin, architects talked with parishioners, who were highly involved in the project. “The specifications themselves were very succinct”, Emmanuelle Andreani, the architect,…

INTERIOR WELLBEING

Totexth Fire Fit Hub, Liverpool (UK) - Facade Danpalon® 16, 1040 mm blue, green, ice, 242 m² - © David Millington - Architects : Cass Associates (UK) - Contractor : K2 Aluminium Systems Ltd (UK)
The Toxteth Fire Fit Hub is a sports centre named after the fire station with which it is associated and the surrounding area of Liverpool where it is located. Created for young people, it was…

BRILLIANCE & OPALESCENCE

ELSA, Liverpool (UK) - Facade Danpalon® double 16, 1040 mm, ice, 1513 m² - © David Millington - Architects : BDP (UK) - Contractor : Weatherwise (UK)
For the triangular building of the Enterprise South Liverpool Academy (ESLA), a school that welcomes 1,100 students, architect Micheal Cambden chose a whole array of matching materials that express the values of this place of…

CUBES OF LIGHT

Sports Complex, Alès (FR) - Facade Danpatherm K7 opal and clear Softlite, 2 100 m² - Architects : Agence Didier Richard (FR) - Contractor : MCM Mériodionale de Cnstructions Métalliques (FR)
The new sports complex in Alès aims at being a practical place, intended for schools and the city’s sports associations. “Rather than a sports palace, the mayor wanted a tool for the city, with a…

HEAVENLY REFLECTIONS

Sports Complex, Changé (FR) - Facade Danpatherm K7 blue Softlite, clear Softlite, 2 200m² - Architect : Pierre Cuyeu (FR) - Contractor : Deschamps SA (FR)
A bowling alley project for the Changé city club entrusted to architect Pierre Cuyeu has changed over several months into a 3,000 m² sports facility.

WAVE PULSATION ALONG THE SEINE

La Bongarde Mall, Villeneuve-la-Garenne (FR) - Facade Danpalon® 16 600 clear lilas Softlite, 7 000 m² - © Roux Ingénierie / P. Pierrou - Architect : DGLA (FR) - Contractor : SMAC (FR)
A gigantic project in Villeneuve-la-Garenne boasts 250,000 m² of developed surface and 86,000 m² of leasable space along the Seine, with five floors and three  parking areas, in a district calling out for renewal.

Sun-Shade blades IN DEEP RED

Jules Ladoumègue Sports Complex, Paris (FR) - Facade Danpalon® red and clear, Controlite® grey and red sun-shade blades, 4 600 m² - © David Boureau-DFA - Architects : Agence Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes (FR) - Contractor : Vulcain (FR)
In Paris, land is rare and expensive. It is on the site previously occupied by the Jules Ladoumègue stadium that the walls of a new Maintenance and Storage Site (SMR) for the T3 tramway line…
MAKE A GOOD IMPRESSION Printed to last  Drawings, images, patterns, trompe-l’oeil: creativity can also be expressed in digital form, and limitlessly so, on building surfaces. Certified by accelerated ageing tests, post-printing treatments can now guarantee…
Joint interview with Cyril Moureton, General Manager of EVERLITE and Delfin Braga, Manager of the Energy Engineering Department, HPC-SA. Cyril Moureton, the Everlite product catalogue was released in an ArchiWIZARD format one year ago. Have…
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Colours!

A cry of colour: that’s what we hope will resound throughout this exceptional forty-page issue. A cry of joy, a cry of life, to wake up the world around us and make our surroundings more welcoming.

Dense colours that draw the eye and act as signboards.

Changing, iridescent colours that evade our gaze and play with our senses.

Colours illuminated by the sun that tint and brighten the air.
Protective colours that shelter from heat, cold and inharmonious surroundings.

Subtle colours that fade into the environment and send back reflections in infinite variations.

And finally, colours which simply remind us that we are a matrix of emotions and that architecture is one of their most powerful vectors. Light Architecture invites y ou to share in the colourful vision of the designers who are contributing to the improvement of our living environment.

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