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Out of the ordinary

Granite® Silky Shine Chrome creates a landmark medical centre in Orly

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The Gisèle Halimi Health Centre in Orly (France) was constructed to replace two existing medical facilities in the city. To ensure the Centre stands out from the existing buildings, architect Sébastien Le Letty from Chouzenoux Architecture proposed Granite® Silky Shine Chrome to the building’s owners.

A unique finish makes the Gisèle Halimi Health Centre instantly visible to patients visiting from across Orly.

The high-gloss finish of the material reflects the changing light throughout the day and across seasons. Used for three different types of cladding profiles from facade and roofing specialist Joris Ide, Granite® Silky Shine Chrome has created a landmark in Orly and a welcoming open space for patients and staff.

Granite® creates a unique identity

The choice of cladding material was an open question at the beginning of the project. Architect Sébastien Le Letty proposed two different materials to the building’s owners: “The first was Granite® Silky Shine Chrome organic coated steel from ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products. We also suggested another material which resembles finished aluminium. We showed both materials to the City of Orly and they selected Granite® Silky Shine Chrome because it is something out of the ordinary. It gives the Centre a unique identity and makes it stand out from the neighbouring buildings. But the reflectivity of the material also mirrors the adjacent built environment, ensuring the Centre fits into the streetscape.”

The use of different cladding profiles gives each level of the Gisèle Halimi Health Centre a unique identity.

Jean-Noël Hery, Sales Manager for Joris Ide Bretagne

Each level is highlighted from the outside using different cladding solutions from Joris Ide. “The south and east facades are the most visible,” notes Jean-Noël Hery, Sales Manager for Joris Ide Bretagne. “The alternating use of our JI Brise 10, JI Sonora, and
JI Albe 300 cladding profiles gives each level its own identity on these facades.”

“Fast construction is one of the benefits of choosing a steel solution,” notes Jean-Noël Hery. “It is a material that allows simple and quick installation. It is also a reassuring solution for customers as it remains durable over time with little maintenance required.”

Louvred shutters in Granite® Silky Shine Chrome add to the dynamic of the public facades.

Steel offers aesthetics and versatility

Architects also appreciate these qualities notes Sébastien Le Letty: “From an architect’s point of view, steel allows great versatility in construction, and has undeniable aesthetic potential. This makes it a real asset for an architect.”

Different bends on the JI Brise 10 and JI Sonora cladding profiles add to the building’s visual interest.

About Joris Ide

Joris Ide has been using steel to create roof and facade systems for decades. Each year the company transforms more than 400,000 tonnes of steel in solutions for some of Europe’s most iconic buildings. Joris Ide is active in more than 15 countries and employs over 1,200 people.

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About Chouzenoux Architecture

The Chouzenoux agency was created in 1979 and currently employs 14 architects as well as a multidisciplinary team of specialists and support staff. For each new project, the team pools its know-how to develop and manage a unique architecture which responds to the needs of the project’s owner, the site, and the local environment.

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