East Island Versailles

East Island Versailles

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Proud of the ecological management of its parks and gardens, Versailles today wants to embody the green city of the 21st century. As part of the urban redevelopment of the Versailles-Chantiers district, the architect Christian de Portzamparc has delivered, opposite the station, an "island" with a green heart. The facades "in a Versailles architectural language" call on the know-how of the company Reynaers Aluminium. Story of an urban adventure.

Landscaped Îlot

Housing nearly 22,800 m² of offices and shops on a land area of ​​8,050 m², East Island consists of two separate buildings articulated around a landscaped area. The 2portzamparc agency specifies “the two halls of the first building (15,300 m² of offices and 880 m² of shops at the foot of the building), owned by Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, are linked by an interior street, a gentle link with a set of double heights, which allows the management of the difference in level of the ground and, consequently, the difference of the two levels of access. The second building for Nexity (6,618 m² of offices), intended for the CAF des Yvelines, is made up of slightly more cut-out volumes to accommodate the required density while preserving views and sunlight. Finally, the different facades on the road and in the heart of the block give an identity to each space and best fit into a Versaillese architectural language ".

The Reynaers Aluminum profiles have adapted to these “Versailles-style” facades by maintaining finesse and uniformity of the visible aluminium masses.

Thus, the base of the Unibail building, largely glazed on the ground floor, is surmounted by a "perforated tape, intermediate body on 2 levels" to use the architect's words, which is aligned with the level of the cornice. top of the Versailles-Chantiers station. Finally, a glazed attic punctuated by a series of sunshades topped with over-roof marks the contour of the sky… The Reynaers Aluminum profiles have adapted to this “Versailles-style” facades mode nature while retaining finesse and uniformity of the aluminum masses visible on all the different facades by the architect's wishes.

Custom-made creations

Nearly 9,000 m² of facades were installed by the company Seralu using 5 types of Reynaers Aluminum profiles. For David Emaille, North-West regional director at Reynaers France, “the technical challenges were to customize our profiles to make the implementation specific to the operation as easy as possible on the one hand, and on the other hand to offer systems with strong thermal and acoustic performance. We have adapted to the tight schedule of the site by reducing the time taken to create special profiles as much as possible. We are proud of this great operation which represents a common success with our partner Seralu ”.

Nearly 6,750 m² of curtain walls using the CW 50 range, and 1,850 m² of TS68-HV concealed opening windows, were installed on a particularly large site for the Seralu company, confirms Jean-Charles Pineau, responsible for price studies. While the two types CW 50 and TS 68-HV are in the majority, the CW 86 system equips nearly 480 m² of curtain walls, the CD 68 around thirty doors and the CD 50 for around ten.

“On this site, Jean-Charles Pineau underlines "the synthesis with the other trades was important. The adaptation to the different facade coverings, between cladding, terracotta, and composite panels, required the creation by our long-standing partner Reynaers Aluminum of 4 specific profiles from the TS 68-HV range (1 frame, 1 intermediate upright, 1 glazing bead, and an intermediate cross member). Challenge succeeded in every way, including that of the planning… ”.”
"Almost 6,750 m² of curtain walls using the CW 50 range, and 1,850 m² of TS68-HV concealed sash windows, were installed on a particularly large site for the Seralu company"
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