A biome (or biotic area, or ecozone), is a complex of ecosystems. A word that perfectly suits the new multi-purpose project emerging in the 15th arrondissement of Paris.
This unexpected project is handled by the Société Foncière Lyonnaise, the oldest business of its kind in France. Biome will span 23,000 m² and include 21,000 m² of offices. It will also include a restaurant, an auditorium, a co-working space, a club, and more. All against a 1960s building that will be thoroughly refurbished and connected to the new building by glass walkways.
However, the originality of the project is elsewhere. In the heart of Paris – where the strain on real estate is palpable – Biome is affording itself the luxury of a 1,300 m² spot of greenery to give future office occupants the impression that they are working ‘in’ nature. As Dimitri Boulte, Deputy Managing Director of SFL, explained to the Figaro, ‘The idea is to create a living ecosystem in which 2,000 employees can not only work together and develop a social life, but also interact with the neighbourhood natural surroundings. Offices need to come back to the heart of the city,’ Dimitri Boulte concluded.
A new urban green space
The feeling of ‘seeing green’ at work will be accentuated by green terraces in the West Parisian business centre, which is set to become a destination in itself. The project has been designed by YMA – Yrieix Martineau Architecture, in association with Jouin Manku.
Biome will also be an example in terms of energy efficiency and environmental protection. The green areas will create a breathing space within the neighbourhood and 30% of the energy consumed at the site will be renewable energies. The raised floors will be made from reused materials and the granite made from crushing the existing marble. The designers are aiming for HQE 2015 exceptional, BREEAM Excellent, LEED certifications and Biodiversity and BBCA renovation labels, which are references in the bio-construction field.