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« Kinesthetic Effect»
Twin buildings as an urban signal at the entrance to Montpellier. Dark on their lower part they absorb the luminosity, then further up, they merge into the sky and reflect the light. The passer-by becomes spectator as his eye is attracted by the optical effect.
|Program||6 floor, offices, parking (197 spaces, 111 basement)|
|Floor Area||5 500 m2|
|Location||ZAC Garosud, Montpellier|
|Label||BREAAM VERY GOOD|
|Cost of work||7 500 000 € / 7 514 000 $|
|Photograph||© Vincent Leprévost|
Neos in Greek signifies “the newest addition”. Like a heliotrope, the building feeds off the sun. It lights up above so as better to reflect the sun’s rays as it blends into the sky. This new office block looks over the Montpellier old town to the north and turns towards the sea to take in the sun from the South. The vast roof terrace is a space that is both welcoming and impressive, with its spectacular view to the south. On the ground floor, the spaces open out onto a large terrace.
Its light, vibrating shell, which is extended by an urban visor to the north and south, is its main bio-climatic feature. This shell provides both protection from the sun and protection from the wind on the terraces. It is a new urban landmark that has become part of the skyline at the gates of Montpellier.
Neos is also a kinetic building. The way it is perceived and its color change in line with the movements of whoever is looking at it. Whether a pedestrian or a driver, from afar or from close up, the perception is never the same. The aspect and colors of the building also change line with the time of day, the weather and the sun path.
This optical effect helps to leverage the building’s location at the gates of the city and optimises its crossroads position. Neos will soon have a twin building located closer to the centre.