jacques ferrier architecture wraps rouen métropole headquarters in iridescent glass scales
 

jacques ferrier architecture wraps rouen métropole headquarters in iridescent glass scales

jacques ferrier architecture has designed the headquarters of métropole rouen normandie, located on the banks of the seine in rouen, france. the building contains work spaces, a roof terrace, and public areas that serve as an extension of an eco-park that will eventually surround the site. the dynamic profile of the structure stands out among the buildings on the major port, acting as the figurehead for the future district.

jacques ferrier rouen metropole headquarters
the dynamic profile of the structure stands out among the buildings on the major port
all images by luc boegly © jacques ferrier architecture

 

 

the design is characterized by a multi-faceted, transparent façade which changes color throughout the day. reflecting the tones of the sky and the surrounding water, the building appears to be covered in fish-like ‘scales’ made of glass. the changing hues are a modern interpretation of claude monet’s many paintings of rouen cathedral. the glass scales also serve a functional purpose as the double layered façade provides the building with passive thermal protection. on the roof, the scales make way for solar panels that provide a considerable contribution to the building’s energy self-sufficiency.

jacques ferrier rouen metropole headquarters
the panels react to distinct light conditions

 

 

the building’s roof contains a large terrace, offering a panoramic view over the city and river. the brightly lit offices are spread throughout the building, while patios within create additional terraces accessible to visitors. from the architects: ‘designed with the aims of efficiency and comfort, the building is both innovative and exemplary in nature’.

jacques ferrier rouen metropole headquarters
the façade was inspired by claude monet’s paintings

jacques ferrier rouen metropole headquarters
the double-layered facade contributes to thermal insulation

jacques ferrier rouen metropole headquarters
the glass panels makes way for solar panels that contribute to the building’s self-sufficiency

jacques ferrier rouen metropole headquarters
outdoor patios within create additional terraces accessible to visitors

jacques ferrier rouen metropole headquarters
the building serves as an extension of the surrounding eco-park

jacques ferrier rouen metropole headquarters
emphasis is placed both on the work spaces and community areas

jacques ferrier rouen metropole headquarters
the work spaces are well-lit to provide a comfortable working environment

jacques ferrier rouen metropole headquarters
the roof terrace provides panoramic views of the water

jacques ferrier rouen metropole headquarters
the eco-park will become an important green infrastructure space in the city

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