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 story interior patios, a footbridge leading directly to the Control Room through the platform embankment -- here are some of the features of the future ITER HQ 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.