This monolithic healthcare center in the north of France reflects the mineral and natural environment of Nozay and references the rooftops of the surrounding country houses. Paris-based design studio a+ Samuel Delma designed the project as an environmentally friendly facility that aims to encourage healthcare professionals to stay in the country by offering an appealing work environment. The project was shortlisted for the BigMat International Architecture Award, the winner of which is to be announced in Berlin on November 20th.
The project references Nozay’s regional landscape and the architecture of the country houses. It utilizes the existing slope in the landscape by housing a large parking garage under the office spaces above. The architects reinterpreted Nozay’s blue stone by using the locally sourced material to form a podium which also acts as a public space. Prepatinated zinc is used for cladding, with each zinc cone truncated to a skylight that draws natural lighting into the interior and provides soft light and natural ventilation.
The offices and healthcare units are organized around a courtyard, while the openings provide visual connections in every direction. These are sculpted as loggias clad in anodized aluminium which provide spatial references and brake up the rhythm of the small facade elements.
Photos by Julien Lanoo & a+ Samuel Delmas