christian pottgiesser architecturespossibles: pons + huot
christian pottgiesser architecturespossibles: pons + huot christian pottgiesser architecturespossibles: pons + huot
feb 15, 2011

christian pottgiesser architecturespossibles: pons + huot

‘pons + huot’ by christian pottgiesser architecturespossibles in paris, france all images courtesy christian pottgiesser architecturespossibles photo by luc boegly

french practice christian pottgiesser architecturespossibles (christian pottgiesser, pascale thomas pottgiesser) has designed an office space for two companies, pons and huot, in paris. featuring a wooden horizontal plane that serves as both ceiling and desk surface, the project approaches the traditional work space in a new way, introducing a different type of landscape to the corporate environment.

photo by luc boegly

housed in a restored industrial hall built in the late 19th century, the office is fully open to a steel framework roof fitted with self-cleaning glass. at the center of the space, a wooden unit measuring 1.7 m x 22 m x 14 m defines and organizes the programs into a multi-level system. constructed out of solid oak, the volume embodies internal rooms within its mass, creating an artificial ‘lower level’ for the meeting room, recreational room and restrooms. large elliptical openings maintain a sense of connectedness as well as maximize optimal daylight. the four lateral sides contain rooms for archives, cloakrooms and the kitchen.

photos by luc boegly

on the ‘upper level’ of the unit, a curvilinear shape has been excised from the top surface to create a snaking route for the office’s employees. the result is an organic arrangement of desks organized around a common surface with unique orientation and views. a transparent ‘telephone-dome’ made out of plexiglas aid in acoustic management. ficus panda trees are interspersedly planted along the hall, mimicking the atmosphere of a lush green house rather than a corporate agency. 18.3 m3 of soil is soil held within the unit, as well as the technical transmission systems for computers, heating, air conditioning and water.

desk surfacephoto by luc boegly

(left) view of offices on the edgephoto by luc boegly (upper right) internal glazing photo by pascale thomas (bottom right) view under the elevated officesphoto by luc boegly

opening above the meeting roomphoto by luc boegly

recreational roomphotos by luc boegly

photo by CPAP

views of the meeting roomphotos by luc boegly

abundantly lit from abovephoto by luc boegly

photo by CPAP

in use photo by CPAP

from above photo by CPAP

3d model

floor plan

floor plan

  • dear architect! your imagination is really amazing! i am happy in this fresh morning because of your architecture.

    zeronergy says:
  • very nice…but:
    . Edouard Francois already did it for Bulo in 2006/7
    . wouldn’t like to work in the bubble (but that’s maybe personal
    . really wouldn’t like to be in charge for the cleaning and have to climb on top of the desks to clean the otherwise unreachable spots, trying not to wet or vacuum all those papers (and that’s not personal)

    a d k v says:
  • Thats how aliens would like to show “humans” in their zoo…

    zoohhh! says:
  • I love it I would love to work in this enviroment if you can’t enjoy your work then you can’t do it properly and the space you work in is essentual to how you do your work.
    I love it

    Tiffany Mcdonald says:
  • now i understand the definition of inside outside! amazing !!!

    karasu6164 says:
  • I think it’s messy and suffocating.

    Ivan Ferrari says:

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