The DRT Group, leader in the green chemical industry with products based on pine resin, has its headquarters in Dax, France. The new headquarters has a structuring effect on the building development as it extends in line with the urban axis. Built on public space and based on a consciously robust, simple and functional plan, this new structure surrounds a large space: the central courtyard.
It mirrors both the company history and its values such as innovation, quality, safety and the environment. The form of the volume and its façades are simple, opening up towards the city. The architecture also reflects the company’s main activity. Slanting beams, representing the trunks of pine trees, support a canopy over the covered walkway. The cladding with ALUCOBOND® changes the colour from green to bronze to rose-pink, depending on how the light falls, creating an allegorical parallel with forest tree tops in the autumnal sunlight. Vertical louvre-style sun protection interacts with the shimmering colour highlights and intensifies them.