Randja Architects completes robust technology park for stone and concrete in France

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located in the city of saint lô, in the north of france, the randja architecture firm has created the agglo 21 “fort” technological park. deeply influenced by the historical context and the general aspect of the place, the project presents a distinct architecture with solid stone and concrete structures that refer to the fortresses of Normandy.
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saint-lô is truly part of a difficult modern history, the city having been crushed by terrible bombings at the end of the Second World War. when the Randja the team visited the site, they stumbled upon the broken stones of history; the aggregate, the very concrete that was used after World War II, the broken stone turned into rubble, which Saint-Lô gathered and sorted to rebuild its solid and protective walls. these same elements all converged to affirm the materiality of the new project.

the composite found on the site is used in overall construction: it has been collected, recycled, transformed, assembled and aggregated to form different concretes. all sails are precast concrete, filled with insulation and assembled on site. concrete is sometimes exposed, sometimes rough, and sometimes smooth, or covered with transparent fiberglass.

Randja Architects completes robust technology park for stone and concrete in France

The central element of the project is the sturdy concrete wall structure, complemented by “boxes”, made of galvanized steel and filled with rocks, commonly known as gabions. these gabions turn and play the role of the patio walls. when these walls are closed, they protect the spaces; when open, they show the way to the facilities and encourage visitors to participate in social activities.

Randja Architects completes robust technology park for stone and concrete in France

between the robust volumes of the building and the voids there is a courtyard, terraces / stairs and a passage. these spaces are designed to facilitate movement and promote interaction between users. they are also fertile ground for the exchange, discussion and subversion necessary for creation.

Randja Architects completes robust technology park for stone and concrete in France

the new technopole is designed to generate a business incubator, a coworking space, a meeting place for companies wishing to develop and diversify. it is a place for creative, inventive and innovative companies, which will find all the means there to carry out their projects. it is also a place of training and information, a feature that complements existing initiatives. to achieve this ambition, the program. the property is designed to feature an event space, activity space, amphitheater / conference room, as well as video conference rooms that overlook the nearby motorway.

Randja Architects completes robust technology park for stone and concrete in France

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