A timber-clad cultural center in the center of Chaville, France designed by Laraqui Bringer Architecture mimicks the lush forest that surrounds the city. Encased with a lace-like latticework, the center stands out with its tree-like configurations. The center creates a new home for meeting space, an amphitheater and flexible work space.
The region surrounding Chaville is a picturesque forested countryside, known for its idyllic landscape. As a tribute to this longstanding visual identification of the area, architects Laraqui Bringer decided to bring the tree form to their design, both inside and out. From the outside, the building is a series of concrete facades, clad in black perimetric concrete and windows which face the street. An entryway cuts into the black concrete, creating an interior courtyard painted fluorescent green. The front façade is unified with the tree trunk shaped lattice skin, which arches and parts to allow visitors to pass under the faux-boughs into the building.
Inside, the entryway is met with floor to ceiling glass that overlooks the courtyard. The tree trunk pattern of the exterior timber skeleton is continued inside, flush against the lobby wall, acting as a textured wall design that joins inside and out. Throughout the inner walls of the building, glass walls continue on all floors, giving visitors a direct view to the courtyard, but also taking advantage of natural light to cut energy costs.
The sprawling complex give locals a pristine and flexible event venue, while also meshing with Chaville’s local landscape.