The Transalley Technopole is a metropolitan scientific and technological project of an international dimension, dedicated to transportation and mobility. It aims to be a real ecosystem of innovation, and it will host the Sustainable Transport Institute, the International Institute of Management, and the head office of IRT Railenium, which will be a major research and development centre dedicated to railway infrastructure. The scheme’s general form is strongly inspired by the concept of flows and movement inherent to the question of mobility and speed. Therefore, the scheme is like a composition of undulating linear strips, which describe longitudinal paths and free brightly-lit interior spaces that correspond to the glass-roofed atriums of each programme. The undulating linear strips can be reached through pedestrians paths and allow access to the high-rise buildings located on the roof.
Salwa Mikou & Selma Mikou - Unit Master inter 16
Saint-Denis, France 2009
A coloured roof which gives reference to the lanterns of the cathedrals next to the building.
The body of the building seen from the main street shows a glazed screen façade giving the possibility for transparency in the interior gardens and under the coloured ceiling.
A visually remarkable amenity in the city centre , visible by its façades and its roof, a founding element of the project. We designed it to be both welcoming and protective, turned inwards towards inner courtyards to ensure privacy.
The project is designed as connected fragments: blue islands that are both isolated from the façade by circulation areas and open to an inner sea. The inner void of the courtyard evokes the outline of the Tallinn shoreline and contrasts with the regular oblong form of the external volume