Archive for ‘Atelier Zündel & Cristea’

June 27, 2011

Vevey Office Building| A/ZC and Architram

Paris-based Atelier Zündel & Cristea Architects (A/ZC) has shared with us their entry for a competition that seeks to densen the urban fabric of Vevey, a Swiss town on the north shore of Lake Geneva. The project is a collaboration with Swiss firm Architram.

Project Description from the Architects:

This competition is part of a communal initiative to strengthen the urban element at the western entrance to the city of Vevey. Located between two district highways, the site benefits from an advantageous position and a visibility without equal. There is a drawback to this location, however: the noise. Taking into account this significant constraint, we decided to design the building’s casing as a double skin.

Consequently, what might have remained a common white office building, gains originality from the way in which its facades are considered, constructed through the assembly of two types of prefabricated diamond-shaped panels. One type consists of a frame and glass panel, the other of a frame and aluminum panel. The molding effect created by the regularity of the panels, with their slight tilt and inclination, breaks the sight of a stacking of floors, altering and enhancing the urban scale of the building.

In regards to its actual construction, our project is based upon the idea of clear and efficient volumes, rendered pleasing by the meticulous work the outer shell and the central space will demand while striving to achieve their perfection.

Project Details:

Type: Office building, Competition 2011
Location: Vevey (Switzerland)
Client: The Municipality of Vevey
Architects: Atelier Zündel & Cristea and Architram
Cost: 10 M€ (before tax)
Surface: 6,300 m²
Program: Offices and nursery

http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/vevey_office_building_by_a_zc/

 

February 7, 2011

Grenelle Tower | Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Atelier Zündel & Cristea architects shared with us their Grenelle Tower in  , which has been commended by the Mipim AR FUTURE awards. At a time when  is reviewing its ambitions of ‘greatness’, the richness of the city’s diversity is transposed vertically into towers of shifting density.

Within a country where speed is not necessarily a condition of efficiency, and where “quality of life” is elevated to “the art of living”, a purely geographic and territorial expansion based upon the American model is unfeasible.

At the outset, we imagined the tower from an initial volume, which we considered a “spatial texture”, consisting of slabs stacked vertically to a height of 200 meters. Within this solid and uniform texture, we applied a dynamic formation process utilizing an empty tube of manifold geometry. In motion, this cavity becomes a generator of space, a dynamic, fluctuating, and evolving construct. Its topology will help us delineate such properties as proximity, contiguity, continuity.

More concretely, we are able to liken the tower to the diversity of the city: the uniform fabric of Parisian homes, the rapid transportation network, the squares, the parks, the avenues, the public meeting places of Parisians known and renowned.

Architects: Atelier Zündel & Cristea
Location: 
Consultants: BET CHOULET
Construction cost: 300 M€ (ex VAT)
Gross area: 168 000 m²
Mission: Conception
Project: Multiactivities skyscraper

http://www.archdaily.com/109242/grenelle-tower-atelier-zundel-cristea/

January 31, 2011

Art of Building High – Skyscraper in Paris by ATELIER ZÜNDEL ET CRISTEA

 

During the last couple of decades, Paris, like any other major city has exponentially grown. Nowadays it requires 70,000 new homes per year; a situation that has created a lot of controversy as urban planners propose skyscrapers and Parisians drastically refuse to change their beloved city. Paris is a city of low buildings that recognizes street life and human scale as one of its most important aspects. The few skyscrapers located in La Defénse have been criticized and almost no one believes that skyscrapers could be the solution to their housing problem.

This project proposes a possible solution by creating a city-like skyscraper that takes Paris’s street life to the sky. The volume of the entire building is fragmented by a spatial ribbon that begins at street level and moves upward to create community areas, restaurants, auditoriums, parks, and cultural spaces.

http://www.evolo.us/competition/art-of-building-high-skyscraper-in-paris/

 

January 31, 2011

University Offices of Haute Alsace | Atelier Zündel & Cristea

University Offices Of Haute Alsace / Atelier Zündel & Cristea © Atelier Zündel & Cristea

University Offices Of Haute Alsace / Atelier Zündel & Cristea © Atelier Zündel & Cristea

University Offices Of Haute Alsace / Atelier Zündel & Cristea © Atelier Zündel & Cristea

University Offices Of Haute Alsace / Atelier Zündel & Cristea © Atelier Zündel & Cristea

University Offices Of Haute Alsace / Atelier Zündel & Cristea © Atelier Zündel & Cristea

University Offices Of Haute Alsace / Atelier Zündel & Cristea © Atelier Zündel & Cristea

University Offices Of Haute Alsace / Atelier Zündel & Cristea © Atelier Zündel & Cristea

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Architects: Atelier Zündel & Cristea
Location: 
Consultants: SBE
Project area: 1,200 sqm
Project year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of 

The need to build on a single floor, adjoining the existing structure, without altering the form of the plot of land through significant and costly earthmoving works, led us to design a building in the shape of a ribbon that breaks away in part from the natural terrain, before turning back in a loop against the slope of the land.

The building is located next to the main campus entrance, facing the intersection where the tramway has its new stop. While it would be difficult to speak of the main facade concerning the existing structure, that of the extension clearly orients toward a newly designed site.

While retaining the vocabulary of the Maison de l’Université : , aluminum, a linearity in volume, our intervention grants another look to the building, cleaner and lighter, giving the building a new identity.

 

http://www.archdaily.com/107308/university-offices-of-haute-alsace-atelier-zundel-cristea/