Hélios Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy

  • Date
  • 2012
  • Location
  • France, Orléans
  • Size
  • 1,505 m²
  • Sector
  • Research
  • Structure
  • Steel
  • Application
  • Roofs
  • Architect
  • Arte Charpentier Architectes


Named after the Greek god, Hélios is a cosmetics research and development centre for 300 beauty researchers from Parfums Christian Dior, Guerlain and Givenchy Parfums among others in the LVMH group. Spanning 55 hectares, Hélios is the largest research centre of its kind in France.


At the heart of the building lies a triangular central atrium sheltered by a Texlon® ETFE cushion roof supported by a stainless steel structure. The semi-transparent cushions are permanently inflated with compressed air, accommodating sunlight to enter the atrium while providing protection against the weather.


The natural light creates a bright and open atmosphere in the shared space while also providing environmental efficiency benefits – fully recyclable, low maintenance requirements and self-cleansing (under the action of rain. The Texlon® system is ultra-lightweight allowing a much lighter framework than is achievable with conventional materials whilst boasting better insulating properties than comparable glazed units.



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