In addition, a business centre, which can accommodate numerous meeting rooms, provides a new dynamic: it encourages projects, fosters dialogue and allows for all types of events. The upper floors offer panoramic views of the city and the Canal de l’Ourcq.
A responsible programme where nature and the environment are central to the project
Nature takes centre stage in this building complex through a landscaping initiative featuring 3,000 m² of planted areas, including 700 m² of gardens designed by Jean-Michel Rameau. Nearly 2,800 m² of accessible, tree-lined terraces and balconies are spread across all floors, offering a privileged working environment for the serenity and well-being of employees. On the top level, the green roof provides a space of approximately 1,000 m² that can be used for company events, sports activities, etc.
Irrigo has strong environmental ambitions and is aiming for HQE® “Very High Performance” and BREEAM® “Excellent” certifications. Ahead of its time, it has been part of the E+C- (Positive Energy & Carbon Reduction) level E2C1 approach since its design, which prefigured the RE2020 (Environmental Regulation 2020).
- Contracting Authority: GA Smart Building and BNP Paribas Real Estate
- Project management: Leclercq Associés
- General contractor: GA Smart Building
- Investors: DEA Capital Real Estate and Anacap Financial Partners (Anacap)
- Surface areas: 16,400 m² of offices and services; 3,000 m² of green areas, including 700 m² of garden
- Labels and certifications: HQE® “High performance” level, BREEAM® “Excellent” level, E+C- approach level E2C1
- Delivery: February 2022
GA Smart Building products:
- Vertical and horizontal Air Treatment Modules (ATMs)
- Cristal triple-bay aluminium windows and frames with motorised blinds
- Die-cast concrete facades produced off-site, powder-coated aluminium, galvanised louvres and glass panels
- Automated lighting with intelligent sensors developed by GA Smart Building
- Galaxy Pilot® consumer monitoring and control software with artificial intelligence
- Off-site sanitary modules produced by Ossabois
Although it was designed before the pandemic and the necessary rethinking of everyday places, Irrigo is completely in line with the demands of new workplaces, considered above all as spaces for meetings, exchanges and life.
Irrigo is part of a changing urban fabric, in a diverse set of buildings that will evolve within the framework of the Ecocity project. The building is a complement to its neighbour Luminem, the headquarters of the Caisse Centrale de la Mutualité Sociale Agricole, also built by Leclercq Associés in 2017, which was the first step in the redevelopment of this new district. Located between Canal de l’Ourcq to the north and rue de Paris to the south, Irrigo marks the entrance to Bobigny from Romainville or Pantin, and offers an elegant, contemporary and harmonious facade in aluminium, concrete and glass as a first image of the city. Metro line 5 runs diagonally across the site below ground. Irrigo aims to take advantage of this constraint to create a link between the city and the canal banks. Its V-shaped plan offers beautiful views of the canal from the rue de Paris, preventing a monotonous linear appearance and bringing life to this new district. Irrigo is located two hundred metres from the Raymond Queneau metro station on line 5. When viewed from the metro, the building has a bold and lively façade, thanks to the flow of exterior traffic on the spacious landings.
Space that provides pathways, light and views
At the junction of two V-shaped structures, a large vertical gap surrounded by glass serves as a stage for the building’s main circulation systems – lifts and stairs. From the light-filled landings, users can enjoy views of the canal to the north and Romainville hill to the south. The complex is set on a generously proportioned base with plenty of windows, designed to house all the project’s common areas: auditorium, fitness centre, cafeteria, meeting rooms, etc. A shop is located in the corner, just to the right of the building’s entrance. The main access is from the rue de Paris, through a large gate opening onto a courtyard with a small garden, which is crossed to reach the hall. Our plan allows the canal to be seen from this space. As one ascends, the floors are gradually reduced to make room for a very comfortable south-facing eighth-floor terrace. Each floor has a succession of very large terraces and balconies. As a nod to the neighbouring Luminem, external stairs link these spaces, offering the possibility of an architectural walk. Coming from the upper floors, they lead to a large planted terrace on the second floor. From there, a large staircase leads to the ground floor entrance courtyard.
Designed as places of exchange and encounter, as places to be explored, Irrigo’s spaces allow you to feel like a traveller in your own workplace.