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When a client asks for transparency and low energy consumption in one building, you wouldn’t immediately think of wrapping said structure in glass. Yet that’s exactly what Barbarito Bancel Architectes did with its submission to a competition for a new office building in a fast-growing tech hub in Lille, a historic city in northern France. “Achieving both those things was difficult,” admits Benjamin Bancel, co-founder of the Paris-based practice.

Barbarito Bancel Architectes angled the aluminum louvres on the mostly glass Lucio building to alleviate the harsh effects of direct sunlight.

The firm won over the judges in 2017 with a design that was classic with a twist: Its building featured an imposing precast concrete...

A Sophisticated Louvre System Pumps Up the Volume of a French Office Building

Barbarito Bancel Architectes strategically placed the louvres to diminish solar gain in their mostly glass office building in Lille.

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