Abel Rossignol founded this company in 1907 and has constantly evolved. When Hérault Arnod Architectes entered the competition to build a new Rossignol headquarters in the French village of Saint-Jean-de-Moirans, were sure about one thing: They weren't going to design a standard office building. They wanted everyone (administration and manufacture) under the same roof.
The building is next to the Lyon-Grenoble highway; a tollbooth is just 100 yards away. Still, there are spectacular alpine views on either side. As inspiration for the form of the building, they looked at those summits and slopes. The final shape also closely resembles the outstretched wings of a bird.
The roof sweeps up from the ground at the back of the building to crest in the middle, then gently curve back down. And the virtues of this are not only aesthetic. The central rise acts as an acoustical barrier, protecting the staff café's roof terrace, in front, from the noise of highway traffic.
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Text and images from Interior Design.