The project site is located in the future ZAC
Ecoquartier Gare de Pantin, an area in transformation of one of the main rail
freight station outside Paris. This context in continuous evolution, united with
the requirements of security required from the program led us to design the
building as an autonomous object, introverted, with a strong urban presence,
allowing him to be a landmark and a reference to the neighborhood.
The CCU CCR building has a clear and unified image: a
long stone monolith with two emerging brass blocks, perceived as a “landmark”
across the city and evoking the presence of the activities that are taking
The texture of the enclosure is made of long stone blades that evoke the
rail bundles and has the plastic force of an urban facade. This kind of design
enables the dynamic perception of the building, which varies depending on the
perspective of the observer: from the train, from the gateway, from the bridge,
or from the public roads.