Plaine Saint Denis Police Station
Saint Denis, a former industrial area located in the northern suburbs of Paris, suffers from public safety problems. This has led to a new kind of police station designed to meet local conditions. X-TU's police station is the outcome of a rigorous analysis of issues like security, communications and circulation. This resulted in 2 completely segregated entrances. The first is intended for visitors, who enter a lobby through a monitored security entrance. The second entrance is reserved for police personnel, and provides access through a secured courtyard into a second lobby that communicates with all floors and internal services. While its functionality is beyond reproach, the St. Denis police station also offers an interesting, sculptural silhouette formed by a set of interlocking volumes. Their sides are in black glazed concrete or in serigraphed white glass, the pattern density of which provides opacity or transparency depending on the degree of confidentiality required.