Paris Office Design
This 30,000 sf office building was designed for a non-specific, semi-urban site near Paris, France. The project scope included conceptual architectural design and preliminary structural and mechanical design.
The program required a minimum of three structural systems. My design uses masonry structural cores within a heavy-timber lobby and two three-story wings - one using steel framing and the other supported by cast-in-place concrete.
Architecturally, the extruded rectangles of the facade suggest the location of lobby and the circulation core.
The three structural systems are nearly independent. The east (concrete) wing relies on the masonry structural cores for lateral bracing and a single span of steel trusses (above entrance) is supported by a beam incorporated into the slab of the concrete structural system.