Façade innovation: Société Tour Eiffel

Façade innovation: Société Tour Eiffel

December 2020

In Massy, France, the striking Eiffel Campus project by Simonetti-Malaspina & Associés Architectes flaunts an elegant envelope with more than 7,500 sq. metres of Corian Exteriors cladding.

The Eiffel Campus, a complex of office buildings located in Massy, south of Paris, was designed by Architects Simonetti-Malaspina & Associés and developed by the Société de la Tour Eiffel to create a district with a dynamic urban life that combines offices and residential buildings.

The project developed into the construction of a large set of office buildings providing quality work locations and services to users. The structures were entirely clad with an envelope made of Corian Exteriors; a solution based on Corian Solid Surface that is well known for its aesthetic properties, durability, and ease of maintenance.

Situated in Place Léonard de Vinci, the Eiffel Campus covers 11,300 sq. metres and includes four buildings, a pedestrian area, and an underground car park. The project was designed to meet the needs and support the well-being of its users through the integration of modern facilities with one building entirely dedicated to catering, with a bar, a restaurant and roof top areas.

The multiple-storey structures are surrounded by flowerbeds with greenery, ornamental water pools and pedestrian walkways. The ample car parking available underground, with a capacity of  211 parking places, allows for all ground-level spaces to prioritize pedestrianized areas for the circulation within the campus.

The use of Corian Exteriors for the cladding of the four Eiffel Campus buildings was proposed by Architects Simonetti-Malaspina and approved by the Société de la Tour Eiffel. The buildings are three to five storeys high and are characterised by the elegance of their visual appearance, the homogeneity of their lines, and the geometric balance of the entire complex.

Company Image, a fabricator that belongs to the Corian Quality Network, was commissioned by the Société de la Tour Eiffel to handle this major project from its development phase to the manufacturing of the Corian Exteriors panels.

The installation of the panels was carried out by Next Construction. The ventilated façade in Corian Exteriors extends over a total surface of more than 7,500 square metres, covering three buildings in Glacier White and one building in Warm Gray.

"The distinguished appearance of Corian combined with its functional characteristics make it ideal for building envelopes. Some of the Corian Exteriors panels were assembled without any visible joints so as to create large 20 sq. metre modules displaying a smooth monolithic finish,” says Gérard Simonetti, CEO of Simonetti-Malaspina & Associés.

“Other joints were intentionally visually emphasized, to confirm the aesthetic impact and unique signature of the project.  The durability of Corian together with its ease of maintenance and resistance to graffiti are some of the additional advantages of this material, which conveys a feeling of luxury through its smooth texture," explains Simonetti.

Environmental excellence
The Eiffel Campus buildings in Massy was given an ‘Excellent’ level HQE (High Environmental Quality) certification. The ventilated facade in Corian Exteriors contributes to the environmental sustainability of the project, as the panels – applied to the facade by means of an invisible fixing system – contribute to optimizing energy efficiency.

Corian is non-porous, resistant to UV rays and weathering, including freeze/thaw sequences, and pollution does not adhere to it.

The inherent versatility of Corian provides great freedom of design, with the possibility of creating both sharp edges and rounded corners and curving lines with.  Lighter than other traditional solutions for cladding buildings, Corian Exteriors panels can be repaired in the event of damage, which is an advantage in the manufacturing, the installation and the durability of the building.  Its a high performance, reliable material with excellent visual impact aesthetics, that maintains its quality features over time.

About Société de la Tour Eiffel
Société de la Tour Eiffel is an integrated commercial real estate company with €1.8 bn in assets and a powerful service culture. It operates across the real estate cycle, supporting companies of all sizes and sectors, and directly manages assets in strong growth regions via a rigorous management process. The real estate company manages its real estate portfolio, which is currently growing fast, for the long term. It is implementing a strategic refocus on 100% office property, 80% in Greater Paris and 20% in the regions and is now established as a leading actor in the sector.

About Simonetti-Malaspina & Associés
For 30 years, architectural studio Simonetti-Malaspina & Associés has carried out significant projects for private clients, institutional investors, real estate companies, large companies. It is thanks to a "philosophy of work and collaboration" that Gérard Simonetti-Malaspina has been able to lead all these major achievements.

For Gérard Simonetti-Malaspina, the success of a project depends very much on the understanding of his client and its objectives. A phase of reflection on the specifications is essential to design a program that takes into account the expectations of the client according to criteria of functionality, aesthetics and economy. Only this synthesis makes it possible to determine the team which will be able to optimize the design and carry out the completion of each project.

It is by bringing together the best talents in each discipline that Gérard Simonetti-Malaspina builds the most suited teams according to the project typology: social housing, private housing, luxury villas, hotels, seminar center, offices. By creating a team spirit, the success of the project in terms of quality and respect of deadlines becomes a shared and united challenge.

Aesthetics and performance
Corian Exteriors solutions based on Corian Solid Surface brings personality to virtually any type of environment, enhancing and facilitating the lives of those who use and enjoy its unique potential.

It can be crafted into almost any shape, for any place, for any purpose, and is available in a wide range of colours, offering you the freedom to design, explore, and create.

Long-lasting, durable, and elegant, Corian Exteriors solutions, such as cladding panels, have a 3D formability that has captivated designers for over 40 years.
W:  http://www.exteriors.corian.com

About DuPont Safety & Construction
DuPont is a global leader in technology-based materials, and solutions that help transform industries and everyday life.  The company applies science and expertise to help customers advance their best ideas and deliver essential innovations in key markets including building and construction.

The Safety & Construction business, part of DowDuPont Specialty Products Division, is a global leader in products and solutions that protect what matters – people, structures, and the environment – and enables its customers to win through unique capabilities, global scale and iconic brands including Corian, Kevlar, Nomex, and Tyvek.
W: http://www.dupont.com.

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