Architects Emmanuel Combarel and Dominique Marrec of the firm ECDM were hired to do the Thiais bus centre job for the RATP. The building has several functions: primarily as a command post moving traffic for nearly 300 buses, but it also has lounges designed for bus driver relaxation. The architects' main idea was to integrate the new building in its environment by ensuring urban continuity in the commercialindustrial zone. Therefore, the building appears to materialize from the ground via panels of grey anthracite colored Ductal® with organic fibres. That skin conforms to the angles of the building, ground and roof and is broken up with wide windows in bright colours.
Characteristics of the project
1,300 m² in panels of Ductal® with organic fibres covered with grey anthracite surface coating
Dimensions: 1.70 m x 3.60 m by 3 cm thick (+ 1 cm nubs)
The semi-flowable nature of Ductal® with organic fibres facilitated the pouring of 3D panels with a fine yet nubby Lego®-style texture. Only 3 cm thick, their lightness made for fast installation and adjusting.