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XTU- La Plaine Saint-Denis Police Station – 2007

XTU- La Plaine Saint-Denis Police Station – 2007


Ai??XTU Nicola Desmaziere + Anouk Legendre:Ai??http://www.x-tu.com/

Given the reduced program size and the location of the land parcel, the idea was to insert most of theAi??program elements in a high vertical volume. Which set on a street angle will stand as an emblematic tower.

The Ai?? special Ai?? elements of the program will have volumes of their own. They strain the composition from oneAi??end of the parcel to the other with glass walls. These spaces contain the ground floor and the first level andAi??create a pedestal from where the rest of the masses stand on.

The plinth unfolds itself along the elevation creating set backs and notches where the different volumes snapAi??in or detach themselves from. This interaction creates a tension link between the volumes. The sculpturalAi??as well as urban solution, anticipates the future buildings in the surrounding parcels. It is an urban sculptureAi??shaped by its environment.

This development is deeply inspired by the actual surrounding landscape of the Plaine Saint Denis (northernAi??Parisian outskirts). A broken assembly overlapped with buildings of different proportions and materials,Ai??creating a poetic universe, sometimes astonishing, slashed by void making the sky invade almost all theAi??landscape.

The elevations are conceived as constant opposition between opacity and transparency. The opaque wallsAi??are done with (lazured) glossy concrete. Series of portholes dressed with opalescent cylinders punctuate theAi??elevation and illuminate it at night. The glass walls are equipped with different types of glass depending onAi??the confidentiality degree required by the facilities.

The offices in the tower on the Rue de Landy are equipped with silk screen printed glass, where the positioningAi??of the transparence and the opalescence create a wave type of geometry. This result which externally evokesAi??a LCD screen also lets a certain transparency from the interior towards the outside, although giving enoughAi??opacity from the outside. The large surface of glass lets the building keep its emblematic role even at night,Ai??when the crowd gathers around the Saint Denis Stadium, the tower becomes a luminous signal seen fromAi??far away.


Architects:Ai??XTU Nicola Desmaziere + Anouk Legendre

Project Team:Ai??Roel Dehoorne, Gaelle Leborgne, Melanie Bury, Ingrid Manger

Location: Saint-Denis,Ai??AZle-de-France,Ai??France

Surface:Ai?? 3857.0 sqm


Client:Ai??French Ministry of Interior

Program:Ai??Offices/Custody facilities/Gymnasium/Housing _ La Plaine Saint-Denis Police Station

Structural Engineering:Ai??Estair L. Labrousse

Photographer:Ai??Ai??Ai??JM MonthiersAi??Ai??XTU architects

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