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building fully integrates into the landscape as well as it meets environmental quality standards, a
fundamental aspect for the EDF’s building strategy.
This building, symbol of the long term and visible presence of EDF in the Meuse and Haute
Marne region, hosts the company’s industrial records.Within the framework of the Meuse and
Haute Marne economic support programme, EDF has decided to centralise all its intermediary
Engineering Production Management archives in Bure-Saudron.
Until now, these paper copy archives had been stored in nuclear, hydraulic and thermal
production units, as well as in engineering units and associated services.
The new centre allows the documents’ organisation and it also ameliorates the storage and the
utilisation processes. These archives, on paper-based and microfilm-based formats, will occupy
about 70 km of shelves.
We realised a five level, 19 m high building within a plot of 3.30 hectares comprehensive of an
archives area covering approximately 1,400 m² and a total surface of approximately 7,000 m².
This approach results in:
– considerable saving in terms of the building’s envelope
– improved functionality translated by a reduced number of kilometres covered per year,
– a marginal impact on the landscape (with view points at a considerable distance from the
– the possibility of a maximum use of the excavated land around the building’s footprint to control
water recuperation and treatment on the site,
– an energetically and environmentally extremely high performance building,
– the creation of a symbol representative of the approach taken by the Mouse and Haute Marne
economic support programme.
An archives storage building needs to have a considerable inertia with a minimal exchange with
its external setting. The need for fast and simple site management and optimum storage
efficiency led us to develop a simple and rational layout.
The building is divided into 2 programmes: archives and offices.
The archives’ part is composed by 20 storehouses of 200 m² each; with regulated temperature
and hygrometry. The blocks can resist fire for 2 hours and they are equipped with a sprinkling
The offices’ part is N/W oriented, embedded in a natural slope planted with trees and plants. The
offices have an ideal view on the surrounding landscape.
Tree-planted surfaces give some advantages: from an ecological point of view the trees protect
the building against climatic issues.
From an aesthetical point of view – and within an idea of landscape integration – they complete
the building by inserting a pattern recurring from the landscape: the “merlons”, narrow strips of
land planted with hardwoods.
The project of the landscape foresees the framing of the views from the offices by planting
vegetable masses. Some framings already exist from the highway in the project’s direction. A
game of sequences is set in combination with the architectural plan in order to vary the visuals
and to put an accent on the building’s continuity with its landscape.
Heat production is principally based on renewable energies and a heat pump. The choice made
for the ventilation was to use a double flow ventilation system with heat recuperation.
This limits energy consumption resulting from heating and ensures the good sanitary quality of
Low voltage luminaries will result in considerable savings in terms of internal loads.
Storage areas will be equipped with presence detectors.
The high performance of the envelope combined with economic ventilation and lighting systems
reduces energy requirements.
The use of renewable energies and a heat pump will result in a high level of energy autonomy.
The total power consumed by the building represents 29 kWh/m².
To give the impression of a lightweight building in movement, we proposed incorporating stainless
steel studs into the earth-coloured concrete cladding. This solution had the effect of blurring the
building’s limits and reflecting the surrounding colours and changing seasons.
The envelope has a very high performance resulting from the materials employed and the
technology used for attaching the concrete facing (reduced thermal bridges).
The combination of two layers of concrete (structure + facing) and insulation (30 cm) ensures
that the building has a high level of inertia favouring comfort during the summer and reduces
The elevations will incorporate a total of 120,000 stainless steel studs.
Stainless steel studs (7 cm diameter and 1 mm thick) will be incorporated into the formwork during
the casting of the integrally coloured prefabricated concrete elevation panels.
The panels will be 15.65 m high and either 2.26 m or 2.33 m wide depending on whether they are
on the long or short side of the building.
The 8 cm thick panels will be reinforced with concrete ribbing (+ 7 cm). The complex will be
suspended from reinforced concrete walls and held in position using distancing jacks. The
elevations will have a total thickness of 68 cm.
The facade’s building process was the subject of a patent.