When building a home, it is important to know a little about the person you're building it for. It's the same for an office building: the work habits of those who will be using the office are something an architect must take into consideration.
An underground auditorium, several two-to-three storey interior patios, a footbridge leading directly to the Control Room through the platform embankment—here are some of the features of the future ITER Headquarters Building.The creative process in an architectural project is quite different from that of a work of art,'' says Laurent Bonhomme. ''It is a compromise and an optimization.''
As for the inside of the building, Ricciotti & Bonhomme have designed a no-thrills functional organization of space, not very different from the one we presently have at JWS2. "The objective here", says Bonhomme, "was to be as flexible as can be." A spectacular addition will make a difference however: there will be several two to three-storeys interior patios, planted with vegetation to break the linear perspective, generate ventilation and, in some cases, let natural light in.
A five-storey, 165-metre-long structure offering 19,000 square metres of work space, the future ITER Headquarters will stand on the highest ridge of a wooded six-hectare plot of land.