Date: August 2010
The iconic CNIT building in La Defense was opened by Charles de Gaulle in 1958 and was originally designed as an exhibition space. This iconic Paris landmark was converted in 2009 into retail & office space linked by plazas, high level walkways and bridges.
SNCF (the national railway of France) relocated over 400 people to the CNIT and wanted to create a unique work environment designed to encourage a collaborative & open culture. Twenty seven Orangebox Airea pods are distributed throughout these spaces to provide confidential meeting and work spaces. SNCF selected Airea for their acoustic performance and striking aesthetics, which work perfectly with the buildings architectural detailing and finishes, together with Airea’s ability to allow for future flexibility.
This stunning building has the world’s largest concrete enclosed space & it’s vaulted roof is entirely unencumbered by columns or overtly expressive beams. It’s triangular structure is supported on three points that are 220 meters apart and the centre of the roof is more than forty six meters above the ground. Intrinsic to the success of this project was the graphic treatment the project designers applied to customize the pods and the real time, on line booking system developed for the project.