The headquarters of Métropole Rouen Normandie
is a unique, memorable and fitting landmark on
the banks of the Seine in Rouen. The
building’s dynamic profile contrasts with the
omnipresence of horizontal lines found along
the major port, while its silhouette echoes
the renovated industrial buildings on the
right bank. The oblique shapes are reminiscent
of the silhouettes of cranes and other objects
in the port and the bows of the passing ships.
Its multi-faceted, transparent architecture
plays with the changing light of Normandy's
sky, reflections from the water, and the
colours of the climate.
The building is covered with fish-like
‘scales’ made of subtly coloured glass.
Reflecting and refracting the light of the
sun, the glass scales cover the building with
hints of colour that is further enhanced by
the reflections from the river below. The
effect is inspired by impressionist painting,
in particular, Claude Monet. On the roof, the
glass scales make way for solar panels that
provide a considerable contribution to the
building’s energy self-sufficiency.
It is a contemporary metropolitan icon, but
already forms part of the surroundings. It
blends in with the unique visual landscape of
the quays and the history of the port.