Like a Russian Matryoshka doll, this shining dome houses another building within its shell. Architecture studio Philippe Samyn and Partners designed the compact, oval forestry building to respond to the irregular shape of its site, which is timbered with beautiful 200-year-old oak trees.
The facility is located at Marche-en-Famenne in the heart of the Ardennes Forest in Belgium. It’s dedicated to the treatment of sylviculture grains from the Walloon Region. It comprises a pre-drying zone, a storage area, and an area for treating grain.
An apron of reinforced concrete unifies a framework of arcs that constitute the outer skin of the building. Two smaller building placed inside house cold storage, administrative rooms and small laboratories.
Photo by Simon SCHMITT
The secondary role of the interior buildings is to provide additional support to the arcs. 1691 tiles of laminated reflective glass cover the entire building and emanate a soft glow at night.
Lead photo by Marie-Françoise PLISSART