The Crédit Agricole Centre-Ouest building and grounds, designed in the 1970s by Henri Brigand et Pierre Souville, are undergoing refurbishment and renovation. The building’s architectural features are conserved and integrated, modernized and enhanced.
The building is surrounded by extensive gardens of 15000m² which boast an array of mature trees and shrubs representing great biodiversity. The aim of the project is to reintegrate these gardens into the daily life of the employees and users by creating a variety of external spaces for social interaction and by exploiting views from within the building.
The composition of the scheme followed two axes:
- Transparency along the North-South axis. The paved terrace and central garden are aligned with and accentuate the transparent main wing of the building
- Preserved wooded areas along the East-West axis. Trees conceal the car parking areas to the east and west of the site, original water features are preserved and a basin is created.
The management of rainwater, the conservation of biodiversity, and the quality of the working environment are all enhanced by the external landscaping works.
– Client: Crédit Agricole Immobilier d’entreprise
Project Design Team
– Prime architect: Arte Charpentier Architects
– Interior Designer: Arte Charpentier Architects
– Title: Tour Sigma
– Address: Avenue Pierre de Coubertin
– Postcode: 36 000
– City: Châteauroux
– Completion: 2017
– Programme: Rehabilitation of a 1970s office building
– Surface area: 7,000 sqm
Photos credits : Sébastien Billon, Arte Charpentier Architectes