Les Saisons / Arte Charpentier Architectes

Les saisons / arte charpentier architectes
© Epaillard+Machado

Situated just outside the town of Meaux, France, the shopping centre can be accessed via three major roads and thus enjoys exceptional accessibility.

The project drew on the elements of the surrounding area to create a diversified landscape: it fits with the colorful fields of geometrically apportioned agricultural land, the winding meanders of the Ourcq Canal and the buildings of various shapes and sizes to create a fragmented and diversified landscape.

Les saisons / arte charpentier architectes
© Alain Caste

On the southern side a metal totem welcomes visitors as well as inhabitants and orients them on site. Its conception was a technical challenge and an inventive architectural design.

The countryside reaches into the site: banks, green roofs, planted pergolas, wooded areas and filtration ponds form links between the surrounding environment and the project. Far from being a solitary unit placed upon its land, the project is designed as a landscape, a humanized territory, where people live and work. It was redesigned to form a multitude of links between nature and urbanity.

Les saisons / arte charpentier architectes
© Epaillard+Machado
Les saisons / arte charpentier architectes
© Alain Caste

The main walkway winds amid different volumes and is covered with an immense skylight with a visible metal structure. This creates a protected promenade enjoying a constant natural light. Visitors can stroll among the mall’s shops on two levels – on a low road and a high street. They can also enjoy recreation areas or indoor and outdoor seating – suitable for rest, meetings or events.

Les saisons / arte charpentier architectes
© Epaillard+Machado

The project heavily favors landscaped areas, they span 42 000 square meters, on top of which there are 29 300 m² of green roofing.

Project Details:

Location: ZAC du Parc d’Activités du Pays de Meaux, France
Area: 67,000 sqm
Architects: Arte Charpentier Architecteswww.arte-charpentier.com
Photographs: Epaillard + Machado – Alain Caste

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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