Architecture

Vincent Callebaut-designed HQ brings nature into the workplace

Vincent Callebaut-designed HQ ...
The overall form of the Semaphore building is inspired by a terraced rice field
The overall form of the Semaphore building is inspired by a terraced rice field
View 16 Images
The overall form of the Semaphore building is inspired by a terraced rice field
1/16
The overall form of the Semaphore building is inspired by a terraced rice field
Semaphore will feature significant sustainable technology, including solar power, wind turbines and rainwater collection
2/16
Semaphore will feature significant sustainable technology, including solar power, wind turbines and rainwater collection
The idea behind Semaphore is to demonstrate Soprema's range of products, including waterproofing and insulation
3/16
The idea behind Semaphore is to demonstrate Soprema's range of products, including waterproofing and insulation
The actual design of the HQ is inspired by a rice field's terraces
4/16
The actual design of the HQ is inspired by a rice field's terraces
Semaphore will also include a marina
5/16
Semaphore will also include a marina
Semaphore will be covered with roughly 10,000 plants, shrubs, and trees
6/16
Semaphore will be covered with roughly 10,000 plants, shrubs, and trees
Semaphore will include a marina
7/16
Semaphore will include a marina
Semaphore will boast a skeleton of a mammoth, which is the company's mascot, at its uppermost point
8/16
Semaphore will boast a skeleton of a mammoth, which is the company's mascot, at its uppermost point
Semaphore's interior design will include flexible office spaces and places for people to sit and work
9/16
Semaphore's interior design will include flexible office spaces and places for people to sit and work
Semaphore's interior will be navigated by large spiral staircases
10/16
Semaphore's interior will be navigated by large spiral staircases
Semaphore's design calls for lots of glazing to ensure adequate daylight inside
11/16
Semaphore's design calls for lots of glazing to ensure adequate daylight inside
Architectural model of Semaphore, by Vincent Callebaut Architectures
12/16
Architectural model of Semaphore, by Vincent Callebaut Architectures
Architectural model of Semaphore, by Vincent Callebaut Architectures
13/16
Architectural model of Semaphore, by Vincent Callebaut Architectures
Architectural model of Semaphore, by Vincent Callebaut Architectures
14/16
Architectural model of Semaphore, by Vincent Callebaut Architectures
Architectural model of Semaphore, by Vincent Callebaut Architectures
15/16
Architectural model of Semaphore, by Vincent Callebaut Architectures
Architectural model of Semaphore, by Vincent Callebaut Architectures
16/16
Architectural model of Semaphore, by Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Vincent Callebaut Architectures (VCA) brings a taste of the outdoors into the workplace with its proposal for a new headquarters for French company Soprema. Named Semaphore, it will boast sustainable technology, including solar power and greywater recycling, and have a massive amount of greenery, with around 10,000 plants, shrubs and trees.

Semaphore is envisioned as a showcase for Soprema's range of products, which includes waterproofing, solar panels and insulation, so these would naturally be used wherever possible. The overall form of the building is inspired by a terraced rice field.

Semaphore will boast a skeleton of a mammoth, which is the company's mascot, at its uppermost point
Semaphore will boast a skeleton of a mammoth, which is the company's mascot, at its uppermost point

In what must be a first for our office coverage, a real skeleton of a woolly mammoth, which was procured at auction by Soprema (the mammoth is the firm's logo) will be on display. Another focal point is a large plaza with fitness, dining, and babysitting facilities for staff.

Though it will have meeting rooms and offices, the interior is meant to be flexible and will encourage workers to find a spot wherever they choose, laptop in hand. It certainly looks like a pleasant place to work, with lots of greenery inside and generous glazing ensuring that natural light permeates within.

Semaphore's interior design will include flexible office spaces and places for people to sit and work
Semaphore's interior design will include flexible office spaces and places for people to sit and work

This wouldn't be a Vincent Callebaut-designed project without a bucketload of sustainable design and such is indeed the case with Semaphore. Besides all the greenery, VCA calls for large roof-based solar panel arrays that produce electricity and hot water, 20 wind turbines, a biomass generator that produces heat, and some kind of geothermal heating system.

Additionally, passive ventilation, rainwater collection and greywater recycling would be used, as well as sustainably-sourced timber.

Semaphore will feature significant sustainable technology, including solar power, wind turbines and rainwater collection
Semaphore will feature significant sustainable technology, including solar power, wind turbines and rainwater collection

The landscaping of the project is significant too and consists of bicycle paths, walkways and fields, plus a marina. Greenhouses will be installed to produce fruit and vegetables, while the grounds will host apple and pear trees.

Semaphore was produced as part of an international architecture competition and it's not clear whether or not the design will be going ahead, but we've reached out to the firm for confirmation. Its much-anticipated Agora Garden Tower is also nearing completion too and we expect to hear more about that soon.

Source: Vincent Calleabaut Architectures

0 comments
There are no comments. Be the first!