French architecture firm PAD has created a beautiful facade for the international yacht company Beneteau. Located in Givrand, France, the building is covered with a white perforated screen that protects the interior from energy loss while providing a pleasant working environment. The sophisticated screen is made from a heat-molded and ultra-resistant material called HI-MACS. The architects took advantage of the material's versatile properties to customize the facade with a large wavy pattern that represents the company's logo.
The main building is completely wrapped with the white mesh-like facade, which is separated from the interior by a patio and glass gallery. The large facade panels are attached to metal posts surrounding the structure, and the resulting screen provides a beautiful custom envelope for the office space while filtering daylight and creating a pleasant workspace.
By choosing such a flexible material for the project, the architects were able to tailor the design to the yacht company’s needs. The facade serves three functions: it keeps the interior of the building shaded from high temps, it reduces energy loss due to radiation, and it lets as much natural light into the building as possible. The irregular perforated openings in the wave-like design also give the project a unique sense of movement and vibrancy.
Photography by Mathieu Ducros