Location: Antigone, Montpellier, France
Client: Regional Government of the Languedoc-Roussillon
Total area: 15,000 sqm (sqm)
Marking the end of Antigone’s axis, this administrative building was built as the seat of the Languedoc-Roussillon Government and the Regional Parliament. As a building emblematic of the region and the culmination of a major civic axis, it needed to have an easily recognizable monumental form. It was therefore conceived as a glass-clad triumphal arch with a central opening. The building stands fifty meters high, dominating the horizon and reflects upon a man-made pool designed within the river bed.
The two pillars of the arch house the vertical circulation and various offices. The bridge element accommodates the great hall, laid out...