Interview with Philippe Gibert, architect, and Dominique Nowac

At the heart of the urban renovation project in Sedan, the cultural center is set to become the main feature of the entrance to the town. The architect Philippe Gibert opted to create a strong identity by covering the facades with per­forated Ductal® panels. The panels provide natural light on the inside and protect the picture windows from external aggressions.

07.07.2016
 

The fine, lightweight design of Ductal® panels, along with the robustness of the material enabled us to fulfill all the requirements.

Philippe Gibert
 

« Located in a sensitive neighborhood, the cultural center will host a number of acti­vities, including art exhibitions, » explains Philippe Gibert.

« Our mission was therefore to work on exposure to the sun and interior lighting, while protecting the picture windows. We also wanted the building to fit in well with the specific mineral features of its surroun­ding area. The fine, lightweight design of Ductal® panels, along with the robustness of the material enabled us to fulfill all these requirements. » For Dominique Nowac, project engineer at Betsinor, manufacturer of the pre-cast sections used on this pro­ject: « Although some perforations rea­ched 6.5 cm in diameter, with the constant performance of the material we were able to produce panels of 2 m x 4.5 m, but only 5 cm thick, to cover the 330 m² of façade and respect all the requirements of weight, transparency and protection expressed by the project owner. »

 

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