'pons + huot' by christian pottgiesser architecturespossibles in paris, france all images courtesy christian pottgiesser architecturespossibles
housed in a restored industrial hall built in the late 19th century, the office is fully open to a steel framework roof fitted with self-cleaning glass. at the center of the space, a wooden unit measuring 1.7 m x 22 m x 14 m defines and organizes the programs into a multi-level system. Constructed out of solid oak, the volume embodies internal rooms within its mass, creating an artificial 'lower level' for the meeting room, recreational room and restrooms.
large elliptical openings maintain a sense of connectedness as well as maximize optimal daylight. the four lateral sides contain rooms for archives, cloakrooms and the kitchen.
on the 'upper level' of the unit, a curvilinear shape has been excised from the top surface to create a snaking route for the office's employees. the result is an organic arrangement of desks organized around a common surface with unique orientation and views. a transparent 'telephone-dome' made out of plexiglas aid in acoustic management. ficus panda trees are interspersedly planted along the hall, mimicking the atmosphere of a lush green house rather than a corporate agency. 18.3 m3 of soil is soil held within the unit, as well as the technical transmission systems for computers, heating, air conditioning and water.