Helicopter Building: A Distinctive Industrial Building At Porte de la Villette

Stephane Maupin and Nicolas Hugon were in charge of constructing Helicopter Building which was completed in 2010. The building is situated Porte de la Villette or an area where the urban fabric merges into heterogeneous industrial infrastructures on the fringe of Paris. It is also surrounded by Paris ring road, social housings, and factories.

the helicopter building

The inspiration of the building design came from the brutality of this collage in which concrete pillars clashes with raw metal, a mineral and raw atmosphere, and gravels collides with train sounds.

inspired by mineral and raw atmosphere

The Helicopter Building is a concrete made from a simple 22m high extrusion of the triangular zone existed on the site. Meanwhile, the triangular zone of intervention has existed on the site and releases naturally from the constraints.

a simple 22m high extrusion of the triangular zone

The building has workshops intended for the maintenance of the Parisian subway transportation systems. Prior to the building, the systems scattered around different places, but now it has its own station and the systems are managed in one single building.

the maintenance of the Parisian subway transportation systems

Consisted of five floors, the building has a different program and activity. The first floor is for warehouse, the second floor is for lockers, the third floor is a classroom, the fourth floor is for management, and the fifth floor is for a restaurant with a large terrace overlooking the views of Parisian’s ring road.

Consisted of five floors, the building has a different program and activity

All floors are organized around a central convivial staircase which was designed as an amazing interior procession. Moreover, other circulation spaces, such as aerial lifts, footbridges, and staircases, are crafted as playful additions to the building’s core structure, creating a multidimensional atmosphere with varying spatial experiences.

a central convivial staircase which was designed as an amazing interior procession

The locker room is created as a release and welcoming space featuring the combination of washbasin, soap dispenser, and mirror with colorful background appears like a friendly smiley.

colorful background appears like a friendly smiley

A contemporary tripod helix crowns the project. The tripod helix is the combination of the vertical chimney and the light projectors for car parks and the surrounding area. It also functions as a sanitary water heater, giving a large area of solar panels. It’s a sign that the architecture design of the Helicopter Building still engages in the surrounding environment.

the tripod helix

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