Haute Loire Administrative Building

Jean Michel Wilmotte



When we entered this historic staircase devoid of natural light, together with the architect we instinctively dreamed of a ray of sunlight being able to reach it. In the end, it is this ray of light that is represented by a 17-metre column hanging on the building’s framework. A column that floats in space; the intensity and colour of the light it emits vary over the course of the day.

The thermoformed glass modules and layers are gripped by a steel supporting frame, which is rendered invisible by curved glass fitted with a distorting optical film. Optic fibres integrated into the glass give light and movement to the whole work.

Features: illuminated glass column
Creation, design and execution: Atelier Emmanuel Barrois
Architect: Jean Michel Wilmotte
Client: Haute Loire General Council