The extension follows the forms of the land, while keeping a distance from adjacent streets and neighbors. The U-shaped layout frees up a central space outside, the playground surrounded by the built body, sheltering the students from the traffic, but also the residents of the possible nuisances related to the school activity. The urbanistic and architectural party takes advantage of the natural slope. The differences in level are developed by landscape elements that allow to cross the slope avoiding a cascading development involving a large number of retaining walls.
Faceted house in Luxembourg-Mühlenbach
A sunny hillside, an old vegetable garden and on top of this, a dwelling for four people. On the flank of the land, the building tilts in the movement of the slope and collapses by playing the regulatory template. The compact and mineral form conceals an interior of surprises and contrasts which puts in scene the theatricality of the family daily life.
Rock house in Luxembourg-Belair
This detached house is characterized by the steep slope of the plot on which it is established as well as the regulatory constraints that have influenced its compact volume. It is an innovative passive building, including photovoltaic "slates" embedded in the mineral skin of the house. The three-dimensional composition and cut-out openings are designed to optimize daylighting throughout the day and to provide a sense of neighborhood while providing residents with a strong sense of intimacy. The megalithic garden is an integral part of the housing concept and contributes by contrast to showcase the house as a jewel in a raw setting.
Elementary school complex
The initiative by the City of Esch-sur-Alzette to modernize Brouch School offers many opportunities. Our vision of the new Brouch School and its architecture is that of an "open work" consisting of five new pragmatic and aesthetic pavilions, the dimensions of which correspond precisely to the functional program defined at the stage of the competition while being generous enough and flexible to adapt to new demands in the future. The general composition of the project consists in the arrangement of the pavilions around the main building after demolition of its two old wings. The minimalist language adopted for the pavilions enhances by contrast the more classical volume of the main building. The juxtaposition of parallelepipeds rectangles with varied and harmonious proportions gives the whole its coherence and makes it possible to obtain an effect of spatial unity.
Commercial and housing complex at the Route d'Arlon
The project is partly devoted to retail surfaces, perfectly located on one level on its most visible face on the side of the roadway. But most of the development consists of a prestigious residential complex that develops over the entire length of the plot converted into a large private garden to benefit from the immediate vicinity of the surrounding green area. The architectural concept aims to define the three volumes composing the project as a single continuous architectural entity. The general layout of buildings, as well as the treatment of facades and floor coverings, all contribute to asserting the linearity and coherence of the project. The architects emphasized on the one hand the monolithic and unitary character of the volumes, and on the other hand the horizontality and the finesse of the built masses, in particular by carefully sculpting the balconies positioned in extension of the stays. The subtle combination of these two contrasting aesthetic forces gives the project its unique and original visual identity. The play of "chiaroscuro" of the materials and colors chosen for the facades aims at reinforcing the effects obtained at the level of the volume to refine it still and to sharpen still more its horizontal profile. The massive and minimalist façade in anthracite-colored terracotta inserts dynamically dialogues with the light gray of the exterior joinery, blinds and cladding on the sloping floor (penthouse) made of slate.
Solar design office building
Competition 1st Prize
A competition project combining the architectural concept and the coordination of a network of European designers. This administrative building project for lot 7a in the Grünewald district of Luxembourg received the first prize in the architectural competition organized by the Kirchberg Fund. It is characterized by the atypical shape of its ground floor, largely open to the passage of pedestrians, and a dynamic architectural approach to reduce solar heat input on the outside and on the patio.
The project was carried out on behalf of promoter Breevast Belgium in association with the architects GroupA Rotterdam.
Office and housing building at the Route d'Arlon
Espace Immo and Crea Haus Constructions have invited Polaris Architects to imagine the character of their new project located 18 route d'Arlon to Strassen.
The project consists of an offcie building that is visible and accessible from the route d'Arlon and a housing residence that gone be accessible by creating a new road that is already integrated in the masterplan of the modifications of the new PAG of the municipality of Strassen.
Polaris' tentative proposal for the office building is based on the municipal regulations and geometry ground. It's about creating a contemporary building that adaptes to new ways of work (open space, lounge areas, halls varied meeting rooms and booths for calm and concentration). Externally, the building has two floors embdedded in a light gray envelope, structured by huge windows and largely open to solar gain. The entrances on the road side of the Route d'Arlon and the new road are protected by an advanced of the volume of the upper floors forming a gallery.
The ground floor is friendly, green and welcoming with the use of pre-patinated wood for frames, cladding and terraces. We access the underground parking by a ramp between the building and the propriety limit.
Our intention is to build a contemporary and original building that positively participates in the progressive rise of the Route d'Arlon while intergrating with its context despite the great heterogeneity of neighboring buildings.
Wooden apartment building in Steinfort
The construction site is the first parcel in the municipality of Steinfort along the Arlon road from Belgium. Long used as a customs post, the field marks the entrance to Luxembourg on one of the busiest roads in the country. The implementation of the project allows to offer all homes an optimal orientation to the south to benefit from solar gain in winter. The openings in frontage will be dimensioned to optimize the solar contributions in summer as in winter. The low height of the building, accentuated by the withdrawal of the second floor, is designed to integrate harmoniously into the neighborhood. The principle of circulations includes external galleries, which contributes to the energy concept by minimizing the common surfaces included in the insulating envelope. Ideally exposed to the south, the galleries will be covered to protect users from bad weather. This passive residence project has been designed in a spirit of sustainable development, social responsibility and respect for the environment.
First nearly zero energy building in Luxembourg
The Horizon building, the first Nearly Zero Energy Building in Luxembourg, combines a concern for architectural efficiency with state-of-the-art energy performance. It has a roof of 900 m² of photovoltaic cells covering most of the energy needs of the building. In-depth studies have made it possible to optimize the building's technical installations: in addition to reinforced insulation and external protection of windows against solar radiation, it has a system for activating concrete slabs, ensuring both heating and cooling. as cooling, as well as a ventilation system with a heat recovery plant, to increase comfort while reducing energy loads. The building is 2 km from the city of Luxembourg and is connected to the public transport lines and mobility facilities of the capital (Vel'oh!). It is also accessible by car and has a large underground car park. The entrance to the building is via rue du Kiem, a quiet street parallel to the road to Arlon. The project anticipates future roads designed to improve service to the motorway. Designed to benefit from natural light throughout the day, the building plan is simple, flexible and diversified. From landscaped decks to individual offices, a multitude of design options are available to satisfy a wide range of ways of working. In order to further increase the flexibility and ultimate quality of the spaces, the techniques have been carefully integrated into the architecture.
HQE certified (Haute qualité environnementale).
FIABCI award for excellence Luxembourg real estate award - winner (sustainability) + merit (office buildings)
Wooden apartment building in Esch-Nonnewisen
Designed to fit into the PAP Nonnewisen 2B developed previously by Polaris, this passive residence (AAA) is built of wood (upper floors, apartments and roof) and concrete (basement and storey). The facades blend harmoniously with the surrounding architecture and provide unobstructed views. The pedestrian entrance is located on the north side of Louis Braille Street. It is materialized by a porch drawn in hollow in the principal volume. The plans of the apartments have been optimized to offer clearly defined night and day areas, on both sides of the front door. Apart from the one-bedroom apartments facing the rue Louis Braille, each unit has a double orientation thanks to its layout on the corners of the building.
Town Center of the village of Elmen
The concept of planning the 27 hectares of ELMEN project is based on an objective approach and rational environment, hydrography and mobility, giving rise to a landscape horizontal and modern residential particularly consistent and homogeneous.
In this context, the peripheral nature of impressive volumes of Parkhäuser risk of slice strongly with the desired mood for neighborhood, as well as with the agricultural character of the current site.
To give the village square an harmoniours architectural identity and endearing, we have accentuated the symbolic value of buildings to play a central role in community life, in particular the Parkhaus and the "House for all".
By way of derogation from the PAP, these deliberately differentiated buildings are covered with a gable roof, and dressed in whole or in part of wooden cladding, elements evocative of the rural architecture of farms and villages in the region.
The urban composition of our project, which participates in the implantation of the future school and relay house, is inspired by simple geometry and robust barns (whether traditional or contemporary), as well as strength landscape of trees lined up along paths the country.
Two main axes structure the center of the new locality. First, an rectilinear and majestic entry to the village, framed and animated visually through the long glass facade of the hall athletic. This versatile space leads to a wide forecourt shared by the House for all and the school Communal.
Second, a visual and pedestrian axis connecting the Central park to the Parkhaus: The facade of the latter opens without complex towards the rest of the public space, and in particular towards the "House for all", conceived as the "high place" of Elmen, with its village hall overlooking the village and its panoramic roof panoramic terrace largely open to the surrounding landscape.
Competition for a youth center
This competition project at the invitation of Vlaams Bouwmeester is located in Bocholt, a municipality in Limburg on the Belgian border. The very compact form and the implementation of the project make it possible, with great economy of means, to create green spaces for children and residents. The integration of an art piece of Mr. Kasimir's was planned at the competition stage.
Media Company headquarters
Innovative, ecological and creative, the headquarters construction project of Maison Moderne is an unique opportunity to invent in a same movement an infrastructure and a specific internal operation, for a skill set in constant progress and evolution. It's not just about building a administrative building but to create a social and creative hub, open from 8h to 22h, and at the same time a place of creation, of work, of formation, of relaxation and meetings, with an economic and ecological approach consistent with the values f Maison Moderne.
Refurbishment of a former police building, rue Glesener in Luxembourg
The LuxCity StartUp Center is designed not only as a place of work and innovation, but also as a showcase of the dynamism of the Luxembourgish economic place. The incubator on Glesener Street is part of an international network of organizations such as the "Level39" Fintech Incubator in London, "The Floor" in Tel Aviv or the "Eggsplore" " in Brussels. The Glesener Street building will have the special feature of hosting at least two entities, the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology (LHoFT) and an incubator ICT.
Global branding for the building is to be defined to identify open spaces audience (conference room and networking / coffee venue) and integrate the identities of the two operators.
Architecture is not an end it itself. The iconicity of the architectural form is one component among others. Iconicity is nothing more than the distractive, eventually fascinating content of a medium whose actual, crucial message is the new behaviour allowed by the design.
Architecture is part of a heterogeneous network of virtual and physical media wich together form a disositif, the only possible object of an efficient contemporary architectural project. That's how we see the Pavillion Spéciale: a platform, reday to accomodate a media project run by the students.
The year 2012 is an interstinf moment to have a look at the state of society, especially int the contect of the presidential and legilative elections. We would love to see the Pavillon Spéciale used as a press room, a camera, a talk show studio, a recording device actively observing the city and the world around.
Tha Pavillon Spéciale could become an attraction, in order to feed the collective editing process and raise discussions about the real worlds of architecture. The outcome could be a blog and/or a book.
Multi-user urban bridge
A competition project combining aesthetic research, highlighting a modern heritage and comfort of users of the public space The Urbanization and Development Fund of the Kirchberg Plateau has sought preliminary sketches with detailed principles for the design of the new protection elements of an anti-suicide and railing structure at the Pont Grande-Duchesse Charlotte. . This project is part of ongoing studies for the rehabilitation and transformation of this exceptional work of art, known to the general public as the "Rout Bréck", to allow the passage of the future tramway of the City of Luxembourg.
As part of the central park equipment developed by Peter Latz on the Kirchberg plateau, the Kirchberg Fund has taken the initiative to entrust Polaris Architects with the task of achieving a kiosk in the central park to create a place of consumption of beverage and snacks to the public attention: mothers and children visiting the playground, the joggers, the sportsmen of the "Coque", walkers, employees of various administrations and offices nearby, schoolchildren from different institutions school.
Nomination for the Mies Van der Rohe Award
Maison Moderne workspace
Exhibition pavilion in Esch/Alzette
In 2003, Polaris Architects won the first prize in a one-time international competition for architects under 35 years of age for the construction of the Skip Information Pavilion. Following the competition, Polaris Architects was entrusted with the complete mission for the construction of the pavilion which was inaugurated in 2005. Since then, it has hosted a large number of conferences, exhibitions, workshops and public events. The client is the Belval Fund, an organization responsible for the construction of public buildings on the former Esch-Belval industrial site, in the midst of an urban redevelopment. Polaris Architects also contributed to the pavilion's cultural programming.
Housing complex in Luxembourg-Kirchberg
The architectural project is characterized by its desire to assert each of the two main facets of the program that are the urban character of architecture and the integration between the building and the landscape project. These two facets are unified by the play of materials and proportions as well as by the composition lines of the landscape project. But at the same time they express themselves each in particular in one of two types of the buildings that make up Lot No 1. The use of wood, both for the part of the structure of residences (the floors above the ground floor) and for a part of the facades (the "base" including the ground floor and garden) responds to a desire to build in an ecological way, especially to reduce the carbon footprint of the buildings.
In view of the announced urbanization of the Porte de Hollerich, the Schuler Group wished to adopt an urban planning repository ecological adapted to specific issues of his land and consistent by relation to development policy sustainability and social responsibility of the group. To meet this requirement, Polaris Architects has done a inventory of certification standards or eco-neighborhood evaluation existing at present in Europe and the Anglo-Saxon world.
The inventory, was designed to publish the strategy of the Schuler group as part of a pre-operational planning study from the Hollerich Gate. We have juxtaposed recognized labels, managed by certifying bodies private (Dgnb, Hqe, Breeam, Leed); less well-known labels, sometimes more "Elitists" (Living Building, One Planet, Portland); a study prior to the definition new public standards (CP / Rw); an evaluation tool (Dpl); and a municipal environmental report (City of Luxembourg).
The first common point of these heterogeneous tools is the definition of a matrix of themes and targets. The second common point is the definition of a objectivable evaluation method. In the wake of this study, several study tours were organized, especially in EVA Lanxmeer neighborhood in Culemburg near Utrecht (NL) and in the BedZED district (Beddington Zero Energy Development) in Sutton in the south from London
Residence of 28 housing units for the Housing Fund, Luxembourg-Kirchberg, 2005
As a result of the Housing Fund's request, acting as public promoter in a competition on the Kirchberg Plateau in Luxembourg-city, we implemented a social housing program in a theoretical volume initially planned for large apartments. standing. The project is both very economical and very energy efficient.
This complete energy renovation project for two residential buildings dating from 1915 and 1935 respectively took place in a regulatory and technical context subject to strong constraints. The two properties to be converted are classified as sensitive areas and together sensitive to the general development plan of the City of Luxembourg. This included maintaining the character of the street façade and the use of slates on the roof. In order to significantly improve energy performance, the buildings have been insulated from the inside on their vertical faces. The old slabs of the oldest of the two buildings (slab of the ground floor excluded) have been replaced by concrete slabs. The floor heights after transformation have been adapted to existing bays. The stairwell and the existing frame were also replaced.