Headquarters and mountaineering equipment factory, surrounded by the exceptional beauty of the Mont Blanc landscape.
The Simond building, a showcase for local know-how in Chamonix, marries contemporary architecture, construction expertise, and cutting-edge services and industrial spaces.
It expresses an uncompromising blend of tradition (Simond is almost two hundred years old) and forward thinking in the very birthplace of world mountaineering.
A dynamic space for research, innovation and production, it embodies the factory's commitment to preserving the know-how of making mountain equipment.
The materiality of the metal inside and outside the building was expressed as a reminder of the company culture and origins as a blacksmith’s shop.
To build Simond, Patriarche faced many technical challenges, ranging from the steepness of the terrain to difficult weather conditions. At the same time, staff are guaranteed pleasing views from the building, and the visually striking building catches the eye of passers-by thanks to its complex and unusual shapes. Among other things, Simond is able to meet the challenges of Industry 4.0 by housing manufacturing workshops and research and development staff offices in a flexible way.
- Factory 4.0.
- Facades and complex structures.
- Nailed wall construction technique.
- Energy recycling.
- BREEAM Rating - Good.
Patriarche (architect, scheduling, construction management and coordination, and High Environmental Quality [HEQ] standards)
Patriarche Ingénierie (general construction and cost assessment)
Photos © TAKUJI SHIMMURA