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ROOF TILES and CLADDING FOR THE COGNACQ JAY FOUNDATION
The Cognacq Jay Foundation welcomes elderly people to its establishment in Rueil Malmaison and supports them on a daily basis through artistic activities. In 1998 and 1999, the foundation called on Atelier Jean Nouvel to renovate the existing house dating from 1916 and enlarge it. Jean Nouvel restored it to its original appearance, using South American lime for the facades. The architect also aimed to double the reception area through an extension dedicated to the well-being of residents.
The architect Jean Nouvel imagined a glass structure whose geometry is the same as that of the original house, creating a contrast of almost a century between the two works. This all-glass symmetry reflects the sky and the wooded garden that surrounds the property. The building blends into the landscape and gives an impression of openness and freedom, as desired by the Foundation.
The architect innovated by creating a roof made entirely of glass tiles. A reflective film on the underside brings depth and extraordinary light reflection to the work. It also has an insulating function, protecting against heat.