Mixed use building Roubaix (France)
At the corner of the Grand'Rue and the Grand'Place in Roubaix, the former Palais du Vêtement, recently converted into offices and housing a banking outlet on the ground floor, me to aujourd’hui reconvertit en bureaux et accueillant une agence bancaire au rez-de-chaussée, now stands proudly in this retail area of the city. It should be said that the building had been vacant for a number of years and previously had undergone various reconfigurations, all lacking in architectural coherence. The most recent renovations were designed by Lille-based firm TANK ARCHITECTS, which had a dual objective for this project: a sound constructive approach and a clear architectural style. The result is an original building topped with a box-like roof extension clad in dark grey zinc. This modern attic elegantly crowns the building and heightens its urban appearance.
Architect: TANK ARCHITECTES,
Olivier Camus & Lyderic Veauvy
Surface aspect: ANTHRA-ZINC®
Technique : VMZ Flat lock panel
The renovated building and its dark rooftop box make a stark contrast with nearby Saint Martin's church, its three naves and its 16th century belfry.
The zinc roof extension seems to be floating on top of the building. The volume is in fact suspended a metre above the cornice in order to free up a wide tall window on the third floor.
The powerful, enigmatic volume inspired by the zinc roofs of typical Roubaix bourgeois constructions, creates a dialogue with the large bow-window of the first floor.
The project which originally consisted of a 2 storey building + attic became a veritable 4 storey building as the ornamental facade, which had been largely reconfigured down through the years, did not sit well with the new layout of the building.
Installation of zinc in flatlock panels with longitudinal plunging gives the roof extension a sculptural appearance