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Salorge: Energy-Efficient Office Inspired by Traditional Salt Warehouses Rises in France

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On June 21, 2013 @ 5:04 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery,Green Building | No Comments

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The representatives of Pornic County wanted the Salorge [2] government building to carry on the tradition of architecture in the Retz region (such as gabled, tiled roofs). The county government building is located in a business park and surrounded by hospital, police, and office buildings. With respect for the surrounding community, Atelier Arcau [2] came up with a design that is both traditional and decidedly modern and forward thinking. Taking cues from salt warehouses common to the Atlantic coast, the project is composed of two long gable-roofed volumes clad in wood.

The buildings’ sophisticated wood skins allow daylighting while shielding the interiors from overheating with gaps and solid parts. A thick skin built with concrete and insulation further protects the interiors and helps minimize energy loss. The project was completed in 2012 and it achieved a BBC label as a low-energy consumption building. Salorge was also awarded first place in the 2012 World Architecture Festival in the Civic and Community category [3].

+ Atelier Arcau [2]

Images ©Atelier Arcau

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[2] Salorge: http://www.atelierarcau.fr/en#Salorge-17

[3] 2012 World Architecture Festival in the Civic and Community category: http://www.worldbuildingsdirectory.com/project.cfm?id=4301

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