HEC Business School, Paris by Andrew Philips, David Chipperfield Architects
Part of the Concrete Elegance series produced by The Building Centre and The Concrete Centre.
Acting as a main entrance to the University campus, the building is designed to emphasise its status as one of the top business schools in Europe, it combines state-of-the-art teaching facilities, auditorium, cafeteria and offices. The building mass is broken up into a series of blocks staggered along the long axis to create variety in the interior and exterior spaces. The palette of materials used, such as aluminium curtain wall facade and exposed concrete for the interiors, refer to the materials of the 1960s campus. A variety of programmatic elements are unified in the buildings envelope, this single-skinned, vertically articulated facade is made of alternating modules, separated by protruding fins which provide depth and plasticity to the facade.
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