Studio Bellecour recently completed construction on a gorgeous green office wrapped in a sweeping wooden solar shade at ZAC Andromede de Blagnac near Toulouse, France. Spotted at Yatzer, Le Gallilée consists of two light and airy offices linked together by an elegantly twisting "sail" of concrete. The complex is shielded from the sun by its beautiful brise soleil and features a state-of-the-art set of green building features to help save energy, cut down on water use, and manage waste.
Le Gallilée consists of two offices measuring 5,000 square meters and 5,500 square meters, for a combined total space of 10,500 square meters. A sinuous strip of concrete links the two streamlined structures together, forming a cohesive whole with a sweeping, modern aesthetic — fitting, granted the region is known for producing Airbus planes.
Through a set of smart green building strategies the “bioclimatic” buildings are able to significantly reduce their environmental footprint. Their sun-screening facades feature high-performance glazed windows shielded by a series of wooden ridges that provide ample daylighting while minimizing solar gain on hot days. Water-efficient fixtures and smart building systems round out the project’s eco credentials, and its location next to a wide variety of public transportation helps cut cut down on carbon-heavy commutes.
Photos by Nicolas Borel and Quentin Jeandel