Ecotone Arcueil

OXO Architectes as Architects

Ecotone imagines an original connection and transition between the city and nature. The project imagines a new way of work and life founded on the porosity between the constructed environment and nature. All this leads to new relations between human and nature, more open and more respectful to the natural environment. This attitude oriented on biophilia contributes on the wellbeing of users, but even more targets towards an ecological awareness. It is the superposition of these terraces along the slope of the valley that shape the building, along with interior patios that bring natural light to its core patios. 

An inhabited double skin overlaps the terraces to keeps the continuity and fluidity of the volume. It is the alternation between the double glass façade and vegetation that protects the interior life from the exterior and the nearby highway: e.g. heat, noise etc., while keeping the interior largely open to the landscape: urban and natural. The terraces shelter mixed usages such as: meeting rooms, leisure spaces and even vegetable gardens.

The skin of the building evolves with the changing of seasons creating a living landscape.
As for the internal organization of the building, the various programs articulate along the interior patios, another element that adds to the human and ecological biodiversity of the project. 
Connected both to the urban environment and to the park, these greenhouses benefit from controlled climate conditions.

The proportion, proximity andrelationship of interior spaces, and the way they are articulated,defined and connected through double heights and passarellesfacilitate the communication and movement.

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