Evian Mineral Water Head Office, Lake Leman, France

The Project
The “Light” Square

In the course of 2007, the Evian Mineral Water Company will complete the move of its global Head Office and its 180 employees into a new glass-clad building, situated at the side of Lake Leman.

This new functional site will accommodate a number of services that are today dispersed in various buildings no longer deemed fit for purpose.

A building which promotes the image of its occupant

The architect’s challenge was to create a building that reflected Evian’s image as market leader in mineral water distribution. The location on the shore of Lake Leman was key. The architect’s idea was to reflect the water and its wave movement onto the building’s façade, which contains a large number of glass panels.

For the façade, the contracting authority and architect chose Pilkington Activ™. The self-cleaning properties of Pilkington Activ™ enable the façade to remain clean and transparent, thus ensuring that the water imagery on the glass is preserved. In addition, the reduced cleaning expenses and the environmental water saving impacts of Pilkington Activ™ were attractive features.

The building is made up of five levels on a ground floor which covers 4,000 m². The top floor contains the company’s cafeteria, which extends onto a vast external terrace overlooking Lake Leman. Departments including Evian’s World Procurement and Group Accounting departments are now accommodated on the site.

Insulating Glass Units construction:
6 mm Pilkington Activ™ Clear/ 0.76 mm PVB/ 6 mm Pilkington Arctic Blue™ – 10 mm air space – 8 mm Pilkington Optitherm™ SN
6 mm Pilkington Activ™ Clear/ 0.76 mm PVB/ 6 mm Pilkington Arctic Blue™ – 10 mm air space – 6 mm Pilkington Optifloat™ Clear

Spandrel glass:
6 mm Pilkington Spandrel Glass Arctic Blue™ (toughened)

Note: Low emissivity glass Pilkington Optitherm™ SN is not manufactured any more. It has been replaced by Pilkington Optitherm™ S3.
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Project Details
Avenue du Général Dupas - 74500 – EVIAN, France
Opening Date
Building Type
  • Office Building
About the Architect/Installer
Architect: Magnin Architecture Office, Macon
Contracting authority: PROLOG; Inspection office: Alps Control; Façade: Rinaldi Structural
Benefit Led Categories
  • Self Cleaning
  • Solar Control
  • Thermal Insulation