Chartier-Corbasson Architectes extended a 100-year-old Art Nouveau building in Amiens, France to make room for the Picardy Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry - and they clad the entire project in a spectacular Japanese-style vertical garden. Two office spaces separated by a central atrium spring up from the living greenery, which creates a natural extension between the new offices, the historic Hôtel Bouctôt Vagniez and the surrounding gardens.
The ground floor hall of the new extension spills out into a marvelous Japanese-style garden, while a long bay window provides plenty of natural light. By cladding the north facade with a similar selection of plant species, which help to insulate the building as well, the design team were able to better integrate the modern extension within its historic context.
The southern facade is clad in sheets of red metal that have multiple functions. First, they provide a solar screen to mitigate excess heat from penetrating the interior while also facilitating natural ventilation. They also create a sense of privacy for the workers inside, and the sheets have been carefully selected to create visual harmony between the new building and those between which it is squeezed. There are several levels of offices and meeting rooms and there is a 189-seat auditorium in the basement.
Photography via Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre