Palomaya : Pablo Picasso square's mixed-use buildings

Montpellier France 2019
Wilmotte & Associés - Palomaya : Pablo Picasso square's mixed-use buildings

Technical specifications

Competition February 2014, 1st prize

Crédit Agricole Immobilier / Pitch Promotion

Project team
Architect: Wilmotte & Associés SA
Associated architect: Jean-Baptiste Mirailles
Structural and Building services engineer: BG Ingénieurs Conseils
Sustainable consultant (to the client): Green Affair
Landscape architect: Neveux-Rouyer

Area: 18,950 m²
-Housing: 9,650 m²
-Offices: 5,300 m²
-Commercial spaces: 4,000 m²

BREEAM certification wanted, level Good
Offices: Label Effinergie +
Design of a mixed-use program of 6 buildings (from R+6 to R+12) with housing, offices and commercial spaces.


The objectives of the project will allow:
-give urban areas a human scale, serving urban and architectural quality, respecting the environment, the mix of uses and limited energy resources.
-Integrate the project in its environment with the desire to ensure territorial cohesion.

The unifying element of the architectural project is a horizontal fault that crosses the mass of buildings and creates a strong architectural sign.

The project proposes an individualization of the four parts that make up the volume built:
-The Stand on the ground floor is dedicated to retail, it is imagined as a highly transparent glass area.
-The Body building.
-L'étage Bursting with horizontal fault up to 21m, creating a signature in space.
-L'attique Imagined as a suspension on this fault element detached from the mass and body building.

The project has two types of buildings:
-The Urban facades (buildings 1-4): they create an urban alignment reinforces the major axis, providing a front commercialet dynamic and large openings on the levels.
-The Internal facades (buildings 5 and 6), they provide a more protected environment, buildings are treated as massive cubes.

The vertical faults favor the perception of the horizon, creating a transparency and a visual connection with the green interior space.

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