Emblematically located at the entrance of the city, La Maison du Citoyen, in the shape of a spiral, symbolises the city’s movement and dynamism.
The blueprint of the building, based on a square with a large courtyard illuminated from above, is an interpretation of the traditional habitat. In this habitat, a courtyard, accompanied by a skylight, symbolises the heart of the home. It is a “salon” for citizens, a meeting place, a space of exchange, rest, exhibition and visiting.
The Maison du Citoyen
is divided into two parts: on the west side, the administration centre
and on the east side, the town planning museum
. A central covered space of 5900 m² makes the link between the different parts. On the ground floor is a conference room with a capacity of 500 people, a restaurant, and relaxation rooms for employees that overlook an excavated garden which connects directly to the underground transport.The composition of the building is based on a contrast between the white stone base and the lighter upper section in red perforated metal. This perforated metal is both a sunshade and an element whose motif is inspired by the windows of the local architecture.The choices of ecological solutions are based on the climate, resources, economy and local customs. The Maison du Citoyen
has been awarded the 3-star Green Architecture Label in China and has become an example of ecological architecture
in the Hubei region. This performance is due to extensive technical work in six areas: the restricted footprint of the building, the relationship to the environment, energy saving, water saving, the economy of materials, the quality of the interior spaces, and the quality of the management and operation of the building.
– Contracting authority: Wuhan Urban Planning Office
– Architect: Arte Charpentier Architectes (Pierre Chambron, Wen Yi Zhou)
– Design office: Wuhan Architecture Design Institute
– City: Wuhan
– Competition victory: 2010
– Completion date: 2013
– Surface area: 80 000 m²
– Plot: 10 hectares
– Environmental approach: 3 Star Green Architecture Certificate, model operation in the Hubei region, HQE, LEED
Photo credits: ©Shen Zhonghai