ClientMSA des Charentes
Main ContractorsLead Architect : AIA Life Designers
Architect : AIA Architectes
All buildings trades engineering + Economics : AIA Ingénierie
Environmental engineering : AIA Environnement
Acoustic engineering : SerdB
Ergonomist: REGARDS Ergonomie
Surface(s)5 492 m² floor area, two-storey building
Cost9.2 million euros excl. VAT
TimelineCompetition: May 2015
Delivery: 19 July 2019
Inauguration: 21 November 2019
Nominated for the 2019 SIMI Grand Prix Awards in the category new office building – 5,000 m2
The new building is home to the Agence Groupe Mutualité Sociale Agricole (MSA) des Charentes. It includes both tertiary spaces dedicated to the institution’s employees and a reception area.
The architecture features a refined volume, simply oriented in line with the topography of the plot. The building is anchored in the ground, plays with the existing gradient, emphasises a ground movement and brings nature into its midst. Inside, the project is developed around a sloping garden that slides underneath the building. A double-height glass gallery the length of this garden forms the backbone of the building’s distribution and connects the tertiary platform with the reception level.