bamboo clad office building in france by monica donati bamboo clad office building in france by monica donati
feb 26, 2013

bamboo clad office building in france by monica donati

‘immeuble bambou’ by monica donati, carré sénart, commune de lieusaint, franceimage © camilla pongiglioneall images courtesy of monica donati et associes



paris-based architect monica donati has completed the first block of a three-phase office complex that occupies the liminal area between city, garden and countryside. built perpendicular to the line d’eau, a tranquil canal in the lush lieusaint region, ‘immeuble bambou’ is remarkable in its use of repetitive building systems to seamlessly weave the architecture into the landscape. formally, the building exploits concepts of interstitial space by boldly bifurcating angled masses and then linking them with generous glazing, alternately translucent or clear. black mullions delineate constructivist patterns across horizontal bands of windows; however, the bamboo skin is the primary method by which the architecture fractures light and form, and additionally multiplies views of the waterscape and expansive greenery. the gently twisting lines of the bamboo create a sun-shielding envelope, while at night, the durable cladding becomes a lantern. each building is equipped with distinctly colorful loggia which afford optimal views of the canal at a height rendered impossible by the existing promenade. the architectonic language looks toward the developed areas of carré sénart and simultaneously pulls nature into its atrium through visual accessibility and extraordinary cladding. 




the building has a relationship to the existing strips of greenery and arterial canal image © camilla pongiglione



bamboo cladding, glazing and color work in synthesis image © camilla pongiglione



shutters also move along metal tracks to provide additional protection image © camilla pongiglione



entrance view image © camilla pongiglione



bamboo was chosen primary for its inherent durability and renewable qualities image © camilla pongiglione



the skin provides aesthetic rhythm image © camilla pongiglione



generous atria pull in natural light image © camilla pongiglione



floor-to-cieling fenestration lends an openness to the office spaces image © camilla pongiglione



the interstitial space between the two buildings is connected by glazing, affording waterfront views image © camilla pongiglione




at night, the bamboo cage glows

image © camilla pongiglione



site plan



ground plan level 1



long section



short section



drawing of loggia



elevation phase 1



elevation phase 2 west block 



elevation phase 3 east block 

  • ahh…

    boldly bifurcated bamboo!

    dbkii says:
  • looks a bit like G.Byrne ‘s Merville village in Jesolo, Venice that is great 😉

    jacopo says:

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